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Perhaps we could set up some sort of support group here? I know that face-to-face meeting is far better for this sort of thing, but recognising that many people have the same problem as yourself in being disconnected (by distance or by social anxiety), an internet group is the next best option. We could either organise a support group, or coordinate a buddy system for one-on-one mutual support (via email, or instant messaging, or both) of people dealing with the same issues.

Reply to comment by /u/alqm in New to linux. by /u/wildcat

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wildcat wrote

Thanks for your helpful reply :)

Generally that's how I go about learning computer skills (i.e. as I need to use them). However I find that quite often (especially when it comes to fixing problems, following solutions I find online) that I end up following directions without actually understanding what it's doing. So I thought I should go back to basics and make sure I'm properly orientated so that as I'm learning to do things I know why I have to do this or that, what this or that terminology means, and how different things are connected, etc.

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"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