Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Favourite Political Writings etc.

Listing here doesn't necessarily mean I agree with the text on every point.


  • Philosophy of Progress by Proudhon.
  • Naomi Klein- Shock Doctrine.
  •  Erik Olin Wright-Envisioning Real Utopias.
  • Proposal to transform the house of lords into a citizens assembly by brighouse and Erik Olin Wright.
  • The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
  • Basic Instincts:Human Nature and the New Economics By Peter Lunn.
  • Foucault-Discipline and Punish
  • Your Politics are boring as fuck.
  • Listen, Anarchist! By Chaz Bufe. I've saw alot of these problems with anarchism.
  • Listen ,Marxist By Murray Bookchin.Don't agree with all of it,I'm not an anarchist but some interesting ideas.
  • Capitalism - an introduction
  • Anarchist communism - an introduction
The state - an introduction

Class - an introduction

Work - an introduction

Unions - an introduction

Work and the free society - Anarchist Federation


  • Maclean and the unemployed By Nan MacLean Milton.
  • Why John Maclean Did not join the Great Communist Party of Britain by Gerard Cairns.
  • John Maclean and the Communist International: Two Views of the Revolutionary Process By Walter Kendall
  • Peoples History of United States By Howard Zinn

  • About the Authoritarian Left:-
    •  Understanding left cults (SWP, SP, Spiked, WRP) - a reading list
    • IN THE CROSSFIRE Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary .Note on Stalinism and Trotskyism By Ken Knabb.
    • Paul Mattick- The Masses and the Vanguard.
    • Noam Chomsky: - Notes on Anarchism, Force and Opinion.
    • The Soviet Union Versus Socialism By Noam Chomsky. Nice clear piece showing the logic of soviet union apologists as well as capitalists.Denounces Leninism and reasserts what Socialism is.
    • Cuba: No workers paradise By World Socialist Movement. To me the right position to have on Cuba. It is not what I want!
    •  Chávez - no hero of ours
    • The State and the Socialist Revolution By Julius Martov.
    •  Bolsheviks shooting anarchists,
    • The Bolshevik Myth (Diary 1920–1922) by Alexander Berkman
    • My Disillusionment in Russia- Emma Goldman.
    • My Further Disillusionment in Russia- Emma Goldman.
    • Revolutionary organisation - Maurice Brinton.


    •  Karl Marx- Communist Manifesto, Critique of Gotha Programme, The German Ideology,
    A Contribution to the critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right,
    • The Theory of Proletarian Dictatorship and Scientific Communism From Marx's Teaching and its Historical Importance By Nikolai Bukharin( I don't agree with it all)

    • Anarchist FAQ
    • Ken Knabb- The Joy of Revolution.
    • Conquest of Bread-Kropotkin.
    • The Accumulation of Freedom   Writings on Anarchist Economics By Deric Shannon (Editor); Anthony J. Nocella II (Editor); John Asimakopoulous (Editor)
    • We Are Many : Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation By   Kate Khatib (Editor); Margaret Killjoy (Editor); Mike McGuire (Editor)
    • Libertarian Socialism  By  Juan Conatz.
    • Deric Shannon and J. Rogue- refusing to Wait: Anarchism and Intersectionality
    • Two Dirty Words- Very positive description of anarchism without being pushy,up itself etc.Very human and funny.Everything I like about anarchism.
    • Maurice Brinton-Capitalism and Socialism (1968), A Question of power,Socialism Reaffirmed As We Don't See It By Maurice Brinton, As We See it (1967).
    • Council communism - Mark Shipway.
    • Libertarian Marxism? By  Daniel Guerin.
    • Confessions of a Mild-Mannered Enemy of the State By Ken Knabb.
    • On the Content of Socialism III - Socialisme Ou Barbarie By Cornelius Castoriadis.
    • Libertarian Municipalism: An Overview By Murray Bookchin. I don't agree with all of it and think it might be too utopian in places but it's a useful start in the same way Marx is.
    • ParPolity: Political Vision for a Good Society By Stephen Shalom. Some of it is too utopian and narrowly focused without involving limiting factors but it has interesing ideas.
    • Buddhist Anarchism By Gary Snyder.
    • A world without money: communism - Les Amis de 4 Millions de Jeunes Travailleurs

    • Reflections on the Uprising in France -Ken Knabb.
    • Situationism in a nutshell
    •  Instructions for an Insurrection,SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL
    • Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life By Guy Debord.
    • Aiming for Practical Truth By RAOUL VANEIGEM
    • Guy Debord and the Situationists
    • Report on the Construction of Situations and on the International Situationist Tendency’s Conditions of Organization and Action .
    • MAY 1968 GRAFFITI
    • Situationist Theses on Traffic By Guy Debord.

  • THE TYRANNY OF THE CLOCK By George Woodcock.
  • The Crime of Owning Vacant Land by Hugh Owen Pentecost.

  • Environmental:-

    • The Practice of the Wild By Gary Snyder.
    • Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered By Bill Devall and George Sessions.
    • The Climate Files By Fred Pearce
    • The Poverty of Primitivism By Ken Knabb.
    • Eco-Socialism:From deep ecology to Social justice by David Pepper.
    • Food Inc Documentary.
    • Animal Liberation Through Trade Unions? (IWW)
    • The Rough Guide to Climate Change, 2nd Edition ,Robert Henson
    • Why Evolution is true, Jerry A. Coyne
    • A Citizens Guide to Ecology.
    • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why it's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals  By Hal Herzog.


  • Queering Anarchism .Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire - C. B. Daring (Editor); J. Rogue (Editor); Deric Shannon (Editor); Abbey Volcano(Editor); Martha Ackelsberg (Foreword)
  • Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks.
  • Black Women's Manifesto; Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female By Frances M. Beal.
  • Anarcha-feminist Manifesto.
  • The heterosexual privilege checklist
  • The Transfeminist Manifesto By Emi Koyama.
  • Feminist thought By Rosemarie Tong.

  • Race:-
    White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

    Workplace organising:-

  • Informal work groups and resistance on the sunrise shift.
  • Holding the line: informal pace setting in the workplace
  • 'Photocopying? No thanks!' Teachers 'work to rule' in force
  • Workmates: direct action workplace organising on the London Underground

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