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DaisyDisaster wrote

As someone who is just beginning their journey into leftism, youtube videos have been very helpful. Unfortunately, I was introduced to these videos only because I already had an interest in leftism. If I had none, I probably wouldn't have seen them.

As someone with ADHD, it's hard for me to sit down and read something for more than 5 minutes, and those few minutes are often spent rereading things I glossed over or didn't understand. If there were something like a wiki for leftist books that briefly summarized the arguments of a book in plain language, maybe chapter by chapter if not the entire thing (like Sparknotes), that would be extremely helpful. It'd also be good for my memory since I often forget things. I wouldn't have to reread an entire book to remember why a particular point is so, so it'd be a useful reference when arguing with people.

I got about halfway through The Conquest of Bread and a chapter into Society of the Spectacle before I stopped and forgot about them, so any help I could get to finish these and understand them would be great.

Oh, also, I think the reading club is a good step in the right direction and would be an even better one if it had more reach to those unfamiliar with leftism. I think our biggest obstacle is reaching people who are suspicious of leftism because of what they've been taught about socialism. The language/education barrier is easier to overcome than that, imo.

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selver wrote

Pretty sure that half of Conquest of Bread is enough to get the gist of it. Society of the Spectacle is extremely difficult for anyone, and I think you might need a background in Marxism to really get it. Not a beginner-friendly book.