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kartox8-fel-tovarish  asked:

I'm still relatively new here. What readings would you recommend?

Capital by Karl Marx
Capital in Manga by Variety Artworks
Capital Illustrated by David Smith
Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg
Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek
Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton
Ours to Master and to Own by Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini
Subterranean Fire by Sharon Smith
Four Futures by Peter Frase
Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
Red Rosa by Kate Evans
Democracy at Work by Richard Wolff
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn 
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
Socialism…Seriously by Danny Katch
The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin
Parecon by Michael Albert
Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey

These have probably informed my own ideas the most, so I highly recommend them. I apologize for not being able to provide links to these at the moment. Capital is free online, as are Reform or Revolution, Workers’ Councils, and A People’s History. Hope this can be a helpful reading list for you!



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anonymous asked:

Can you please help me understand the difference between anarchism, communism, and marxism?

Very simplified version with probably lots of flaws: 

Socialism is a system where the means of production are owned by the people and are used to meet the needs of all, as opposed to capitalism where the means of production are owned by a small elite and used to generate profit for that elite. The goal of Socialism is to lead to Communism; a classless, moneyless, stateless, egalitarian society. 

The (main) difference between Communists and Anarchists is how they want to achieve that goal. Communists want to use the state as a tool to transition from Capitalism to Socialism to Communism, at which point the state would no longer be needed. Anarchists oppose authority and argue that you cannot create equality using hierarchical systems, and so want to do away with the state immediately.

Marxism describes the Economic and Philosophical theories of Karl Marx. Among other things he described how society progresses from one type of society to another through class struggle, and described how the logical inconsistencies inherent in Capitalist society must inevitably lead to its destruction.

Some good introductory books:

The Conquest of Bread - Peter Kropotkin
Anarchy Works - Peter Gelderloos

The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The ABC’s of Socialism -  Bhaskar Sunkara
The ABC of Socialism - Leo Huberman
The Soul of Man Under Socialism - Oscar Wilde

definitelynottheparody  asked:

1.Prosperity 2.Socialism Pick one.

Limitless expansion of economic output is not prosperity. It’s a logical impossibility on a planet with finite resources. True prosperity is human prosperity: wealth of mind, underpinned and guaranteed by collective and democratic control of common property by communities.

What prosperity is possible under capitalism when, for example, 95% of economic growth since the 2008 Financial Crisis has gone to the very wealthiest 1%? How can working-class communities prosper when their public services and their enabling social support is being destroyed through austerity? What does economic growth matter when its bounty is sunk into countless billions’ worth of city-flattening nuclear arsenals?

That’ll be number two for me, ta.

anonymous asked:

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They are not the ~deepest~ pairing with respect to their supports but it’s one of my favs because their dynamic is great. Plus I always set her up with royals bc I want her fairytale dream to come true.

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anonymous asked:

marx isnt a new atheist... i'm not saying we shouldn't be inclusive, i'm saying we should remain aware of the harm of organised religion has on society. help people "see the light" so to speak through education. real education

I wasn’t implying that Marx was a new atheist, but I was implying that an excessive focus on anti-theism will absolutely alienate newcomers. I’m tired of seeing people use that Marx quote as a bludgeon against religious people. A push towards socialist conditions will likely cause religiousness to wither away in certain respects, and I do hope the reactionary aspects of religion disappear completely, but I don’t see why we should care if comrades believe in a higher power or not. It’s an insightful quote from Marx, but I think it’s a bit short-sighted – I’m willing to bet that there will still be plenty of believers even in bountiful material conditions, and that shouldn’t be a concern. 


mynameisnotpablo  asked:

Questions; how do you react to the argument against FALC saying that the masses need labor to stay sharp, prevent laziness in society, etc? Some people find joy or purpose in labor, how would they be able to continue that? Also, how would a democratic govt remain efficient in high-stress situations? Finally; not everything can be automated. How would a communist society react to some people working and some not?

1. Marx anticipated precisely that – and he argued that communism would eliminate most necessary work, thus freeing people up to participate in activities and labor they actually enjoy doing. People who want to build stuff for themselves or others, do acts of service, grow food, etc., would be free to do so; they just wouldn’t be compelled to work with the threat of starvation as under capitalism. The original argument you’re making is a Really Bad One™, I’m sorry – you’re basically saying that scant necessary labor in society is a bad thing because it’ll make people lazy and for some reason they won’t want to do the things they enjoy doing?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. I wouldn’t really be able to give you a super in-depth answer on how a socialist/communist society would deal with high-stress situations. A delegate system of deferred responsibility in most avenues of social life could still be feasibly used to tackle high-stress situations. But emergency measures would most likely vary across communities and regions, similar to how they already vary under capitalism. (Your question definitely has an anti-democratic vibe to it, but at least you acknowledge that socialism/communism is democracy to its logical conclusion, rather than some other reactionary McCarthite narrative.)

3. True, not everything can be automated. But assuming that “some people will work while others don’t” is kind of a faulty premise to start at. Moving towards communism would probably result in a kind of “divvying-up” of work overall. Like, say, a town hall would post jobs that need to be done in communities over the course of a given week, and people would alternate and do them. You wouldn’t be defined by a single career in most cases. (Tying into Point 1, people would start to be largely defined by their passions and individualized traits.) (Research and medical and things of that ilk would require more commitment, but automation could still ease the burdens for people entering those fields.) With democratized automation, people end up with super short shifts when the work is divvied up. Some will inevitably end up working more than others, sure, but if the argument is that socialism will lead to a class of toiling workers and a class of non-working layabouts, then you should probably know that we already have that under capitalism – in the form of the all-producing working class and the parasitic ruling class, respectively. We declare wellbeing for all, and then communities can divvy up their work as they see fit.