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Intellectual Traditions Matter for Movement Building and Identity Formation
By Robert C. Tucker ; Karl Marx ; Friedrich Engels. This revised and enlarged edition of the leading anthology provides the essential writings of Marx and Engels--those works necessary for an introduction to Marxist thought and ideology. The Conquest of Bread is Peter Kropotkin's most detailed description of the ideal society, embodying anarchist communism, and of the social revolution that was to achieve it. Marshall Shatz's introduction to this edition traces Kropotkin's evolution as an anarchist, from his origins in the Russian aristocracy to his In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship.
To be completely honest, I only know very vaguely the distinction between communism and socialism thanks American educational system! So folks, what are your recommendations for where to start? But, in all honesty, a lot can be gleaned by just hanging out with and listening to leftists. Anyone who insists that you read a bunch of old books to participate in their movement is a jerk. Generally, The Anarchist Library is a good resource for a lot of free writing about leftism. Communist Manifesto still holds up.