Can anyone recommend any books?

Submitted by youknowhom in AskRaddle

I've been looking into getting into activism more, and I want to start by getting information. Any books on leftist activism would be appreciated, though I'm leaning more towards anarchism. Books on communism are good as well though.


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betterletter wrote

Infinite Jest, Society of the Spectacle, the Right to Be Greedy

Camus, Satre, and Nietzsche

Desert... Blessed is the Flame... Baedan

Anything by Fredy Perlman and Stirner

The Conquest of Bread if you haven't read it yet, also Malatesta, Fra Contadini is my favorite of his.

As far as activism goes... look into vegan/green radical zines like Warzone Distro. They can get a little pretentious on the straight-edge front occasionally but other than that... happy reading!


miser wrote (edited )

Reflections on Violence by Georges Sorel (he talks about how violence can be cleansing -- destroy the old so that the new can take place)

How Nonviolence Protects the State by Peter Gelderoos (why nonviolence isn't that effective)

Social Reform or Revolution? by Rosa Luxemburg (talks about how reform cannot be used to create a socialist society)

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution by Peter Kropotkin (we can always practice this in our lives)

Insurrectionary Mutual Aid by Curious George Brigade

An Agorist Primer by Samuel Edward Konkins III (this is about counter economics -- dissolving the state/government through the free market (selling drugs, piracy, smuggling things across borders, etc.) and tax evasion. it's considered to be a form of peaceful revolution according to agorists)

Crypto-Anarchist Manifesto by Timothy May (about how cryptography and anonymity can be used to fight the state and empower individuals (e.g. activists or someone being abused))

Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias by Peter Ludlow (collections of writings on crypto anarchy)

(might add more later)


Uproot wrote (edited )

Read And Riot by Nadya Tolokonnikova (P*ssy Riot's co-founder) is an excellent cross section on art, nihilism and activism.


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