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Let's put together a Raddle reading list for the Wiki

Submitted by ziq in lobby

It should consist of material that's available freely, so we can copy it to the wiki.

It can have sections for newcomers and veterans, and cover a variety of topics from politics, privacy, feminism, hacking, squatting, activism, food, fiction, self sufficiency, etc, but all with a radical slant.

For example:

POLITICS

ANARCHISM >>

FOR BEGINNERS >

Anarchy Works

The Conquest of Bread

The Ego and His Own

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wildcat wrote (edited )

"Anarchy", Errico Malatesta
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/errico-malatesta-anarchy
-My favourite introductory text on anarchist-communism.

"God and the State", Mikhail Bakunin
https://libcom.org/library/god-and-state-mikhail-bakunin

"Marxism, Freedom and the State", Mikhail Bakunin
https://libcom.org/library/marxism-freedom-state-mikhail-bakunin
-The anarchist case against the dictatorship of the proletariat

"Mutual Aid", Peter Kropotkin
https://libcom.org/library/mutual-aid-peter-kropotkin

"Anarchism and Other Essays", Emma Goldman
https://libcom.org/library/anarchism-other-essays
-The first chapter, "Anarchism: What it Really Stands For", is a brilliant foundational text.

"Anarchism: from theory to practice", Daniel Guerin
https://libcom.org/library/anarchism-daniel-guerin

"Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism", Rudolf Rocker
https://libcom.org/library/anarchism-and-anarcho-syndicalism-rudolf-rocker

"Fighting for ourselves: Anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle", Solidarity Federation
https://libcom.org/library/fighting-ourselves-anarcho-syndicalism-class-struggle-solidarity-federation
-A more contemporary introduction to anarcho-syndicalism

"Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists", Dielo Truda (Workers’ Cause)
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/dielo-truda-workers-cause-organisational-platform-of-the-libertarian-communists
-Historical importance (platformism)

"The Anarchist Synthesis", Sébastien Faure
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/sebastien-faure-the-anarchist-synthesis
-Historical importance (synthesis anarchism)

"At Daggers Drawn with the Existent, its Defenders and its False Critics", Anonymous
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-at-daggers-drawn-with-the-existent-its-defenders-and-its-false-critics
-Compelling introduction to insurrectionism

"Socialism, Anarchism And Feminism", Carol Ehrlich
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/carol-ehrlich-socialism-anarchism-and-feminism

"The Anarchist Ethic in the Age of the Anti-Globalization Movement", Anonymous
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-the-anarchist-ethic-in-the-age-of-the-anti-globalization-movement
-Insurrectionist classic

"Listen, Marxist!", Murray Bookchin
https://libcom.org/library/listen-marxist-bookchin

"The Abolition of Work", Bob Black
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-the-abolition-of-work

"The Negativity of Anarchism", David Wieck
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/david-wieck-the-negativity-of-anarchism
-Good basic analysis of what ties all variations of anarchism together

"The Anarchist Tension", Alfredo M. Bonanno
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/alfredo-m-bonanno-the-anarchist-tension
-Reevaluation of anarchism from insurrectionist perspective

"From Democracy to Freedom", CrimethInc.
https://crimethinc.com/2012/04/29/feature-from-democracy-to-freedom
-Best overview of anarchist critique of democracy

"Obsolete communism: The left wing alternative", Daniel and Gabriel Cohn-Bendit
https://libcom.org/history/obsolete-communism-left-wing-alternative
-An account of the May '68 uprising

"Deserting the Digital Utopia", CrimethInc.
https://crimethinc.com/2013/10/04/feature-deserting-the-digital-utopia
-Important reality check in this digital age

"What is Security Culture?", CrimethInc
https://crimethinc.com/2004/11/01/what-is-security-culture

"Toward the Creative Nothing", Renzo Novatore
http://archive.elephanteditions.net/library/renzo-novatore-toward-the-creative-nothing

"The Kronstadt Uprising of 1921", Ida Mett
https://libcom.org/library/the-kronstadt-uprising-ida-mett

"The End of Anarchism?", Luigi Galleani
http://archive.elephanteditions.net/library/luigi-galleani-the-end-of-anarchism

"Postanarchism in a Nutshell", Jason Adams
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/jason-adams-postanarchism-in-a-nutshell

NON-ANARCHIST TEXTS:

"When Insurrections Die", Gilles Dauvé
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/gilles-dauve-when-insurrections-die
-Brilliant critique from communisation tendency that anarchists should read.

"Capitalism and Communism", Gilles Dauvé
https://libcom.org/library/capitalism-communism-gilles-dauve

"The Reproduction of Everyday Life", Fredy Perlman
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/fredy-perlman-the-reproduction-of-daily-life
-Good intro to some Marxist concepts such as alienation, commodity fetishism, etc.

"An Introduction to the Situationists", Jan D. Matthews
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/jan-d-matthews-an-introduction-to-the-situationists

"The Society of the Spectacle", Guy Debord
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/guy-debord-the-society-of-the-spectacle
-Foundational situ text

"The Revolution of Everyday Life", Raoul Vaneigem
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/raoul-vaneigem-the-revolution-of-everyday-life
-Situ text, influenced anarchism post-68

"The Soul of Man under Socialism", Oscar Wilde
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/wilde-oscar/soul-man/
-The artists, and individualists, case for libertarian socialism

"Civil Disobedience", Henry David Thoreau
https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/ethics/thoreau/civil-disobedience.htm

"Discourse on Voluntary Servitude", Étienne De La Boétie
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/etienne-de-la-boetie-discourse-on-voluntary-servitude

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Pop wrote

I would like to see Ursula Le Guin's stuff there (The Dispossessed, Left Hand of Darkness)

and Homage to Catalonia

and Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

I'm a bit reluctant to link to libgen since I think they change their web address often

also while we're here we might want to think about other media than just written stuff, like movies?

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kestrel77 wrote

really almost all of le guin's stuff counts, but another book of hers that i really like that i find is discussed less in radical circles is the lathe of heaven. like the dispossessed is the most obviously anarchist of her works, but lathe is about a man who finds that his dreams begin to change reality. he goes to seek psychiatric help and his psychiatrist develops a machine to control his dreams and "improve" the world. you can maybe already see the analogies and parallels... it's an amazing book, one of her less well known, but i highly recommend it all the time.

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ziq wrote (edited )

I'm gonna put all the texts in the wiki so they're hosted on raddle, along with links to epubs, pdfs and the like.

Let's do movies and images in separate threads after we finish up this one, good idea tho.

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writinglucy wrote

How can I contribute? Should I just list all of the books that I think they should be included or is there some way I can contribute more directly?

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sudo wrote

Would you be willing to have a communist (M-L) version in addition to the anarchist one? If so, here are my suggestions for that one:

  • The Principles of Communism - Frederick Engels

  • Karl Marx, Chapters 2 and 3 - Vladimir Lenin

  • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, Chapter 3 - Frederick Engels

  • State and Revolution, Chapters 1 and 5 - Vladimir Lenin

If anyone wants to add to this, feel free.

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ziq wrote

Yeah, there will be a communist section too under politics. The anarchism list was just an example.

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SpiritOfTito wrote

You're all saying old stuff everyones already read so I'll go with more contemporary stuff

Inventing Reality - Michael Parent (written before chomskys manufacturing consent)

Against empire - Michael Parenti

Democracy at work - Richard Wolff

Towards a new socialism - Aleen Cottrell and Paul Cockshot

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Defasher wrote (edited )

Gaia’s Garden for the permaculture section. And One Straw Revolution.