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- Marxist Philosophy
- Modern Imperialism
- Revolutionary Theory
- Queer Theory
- National Liberation
- Socialist States
- Revolutionary Lives
- Other Interesting Reads
Introduction to Marxism
Principles of Communism – Frederick Engels
Karl Marx: A Brief Biographical Sketch With an Exposition of Marxism – V.I. Lenin
The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engels
(Buy in Irish: Clar Na Comharsheilbhe – Forogra na gCumannach le Karl Marx agus Freidrich Engels)
Socialism and Nationalism – James Connolly
Erin’s Hope: The Ends and the Means – James Connolly
Labour in Irish History – James Connolly (Buy)
Ireland Her Own – T. A. Jackson
Not Yet Emmet – Peadar O’Donnell
Revolutionary Works – Seamus Costello
Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament – Tommy McKearney
The Lost Revolution – Brian Hanley & Scott Millar
Introduction to the Communist Party of Ireland – CPI (Buy)
British Imperialism in Ireland – Elinor Burns
The Irish Spark: Irish Soviets
Proles of the Round Table – Ireland and the CYM
Proles of the Minyan: CYM & Irish/Palestinian Solidarity
Radical Reflections: Conversations with the Connolly Youth Movement
Revolutionary Left Radio: Easter Rising, Irish Republic Army: Anti-Imperialism, Guerilla Warfare, and National Liberation
Coronavirus epidemic responses reveal differences in capitalist and socialist values – Ian Goodrum
A Red Response to COVID-19 – CYM
Signs of the next economic crisis – Eoin MacDermott, SV
A Platform to Build On – Eugene McCartan, SV
One Ireland, One Solution, One All-Ireland Constitution – CPI
Wage Labour and Capital – Karl Marx
Marx’s Economic Doctrine – V.I. Lenin
Political Economy: Part II, A, The Capitalist Mode of Production – A Textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R
Value, Price and Profit – Karl Marx
Reform or Revolution – Rosa Luxemburg
Capital: Vol. 1 – Karl Marx (Buy)
A Companion to Marx’s Capital – David Harvey (book & online lectures)
Marxist Philosophy – Dialectical and Historical Materialism
The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism – V.I. Lenin
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific – Frederick Engels
Preface to A Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy – Karl Marx
Dialectical and Historical Materialism – J.V. Stalin
On Practice – Mao Zedong
On Contradiction – Mao Zedong
Materialism and the Dialectical Method – Maurice Cornforth
Anarchism or Socialism – J.V. Stalin
Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy – Frederick Engels
Anti-Dühring – Frederick Engels
Red Menace: Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, On Contradiction, On Practice
Revolutionary Left Radio: Historical Materialism, Marxism As Science
Political Economy: Part II, B, The Capitalist Mode of Production – A Textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R
Imperialism: Highest Stage of Capitalism – V.I. Lenin
Create Two, Three, Many Vietnams – Che Guevara
Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa – Walter Rodney
Red Menace: Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, Wretched of the Earth (I, II, III)
Marx Madness: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa: An Imperialism Addendum, Wretched of the Earth: Chapter 1.1
On Authority – Frederick Engels
History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Chaps. 1-7) – A Textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R
The Foundations of Leninism – J. V. Stalin
The State and Revolution – V.I Lenin
‘Left-Wing’ Communism: An Infantile Disorder– V. I. Lenin
What Is To Be Done – V.I. Lenin
Lenin and the Trade Union Movement – A. Lovozsky
Guerrilla Warfare – Che Guevara
The Communist Necessity – J. Moufawad-Paul
The Social Basis of the Women’s Question – Alexandra Kollantai
Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State – Frederick Engels
The Second Sex – Simone De Beauvoir
Feminism for the 99% – Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser
Wages for Housework – Silvia Federici
The Labour of Women in the Evolution of the Economy – Alexandra Kollantai
Women’s Liberation is a Component Part of the Proletarian Revolution – Hsu Kwang
Women’s Leadership and the Revolution in Nepal – Parvati
Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements – Huey Newton
The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution – Shulamith Firestone
A.K.47 – Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollantai
Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba – Leslie Feinberg
Towards a Gay Communism – Mario Mieli
Marxism and the National Question – J. V Stalin
The Socialist Revolution and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination – V. I. Lenin
The Path Which Led Me To Leninism– Ho Chi Minh
The Pitfalls of National Consciousness – Frantz Fanon
Proles of the Round Table: Indigeneity
Red Menace: For a Revolutionary Position on the Negro Question Revolutionary Left Radio: Settler-Colonialism and Decolonisation, A History of the Lakota and Dakota People
The Paradox of Wealth: Capitalism and Ecological Destruction – J. B. Foster & Brett Clark
Method in Ecological Marxism: Science and the Struggle for Change – Hannah Holleman
Late Soviet Ecology and the Planetary Crisis – J. B. Foster
A Rational Agriculture is Incompatible with Capitalism – Fred Magdoff
Dialectics of Nature (Chaps. 1-2, 8-9) – Frederick Engels
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism & the Overthrow of Communism, Chap. I – Michael Parenti
The Struggle Against Fascism – Clara Zetkin
Unity of the Working Class Against Fascism – Georgi Dimitrov
The Fascist Offensive and the Tasks of the Communist International in the Struggle of the Working Class against Fascism – Georgi Dimitrov
History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Chaps. 8-12) – A Textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R
The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky – V. I. Lenin
1936 Constitution of the Soviet Union
Another View of Stalin – Ludo Martens
Women in the Land of Socialism – Nina V. Popova
The Stalin Era – Anna Louise Strong
The Russian Revolution: A View From the Third World – Walter Rodney
Political Economy, Part III: The Socialist Mode of Production – A Textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R
Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union – Roger Keeran & Thomas Kenny
Proles of the Round Table: Soviet Space Program, Fall of the USSR, Soviet Cinema, Nuclear Weapons, Grover Furr, “Antisemitism” in the USSR, Communist Democracy
Revolutionary Left Radio: Stalin
On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship – Mao Zedong
On the Correct Handling Contradictions Among the People – Mao Zedong
Red Star Over China – Edgar Snow
The Long Game and its Contradictions – He Zhao
Dialectical Materialism is the Worldview and Methodology of Chinese Communists – Xi Jinping
Proles of the Round Table: Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, China in the Era of Xi, Western Media is a F***
Radical Reflections: Hong Kong
Revolutionary Left Radio: China as a Socialist State
Cuba found to be most sustainably developed country in the world – Morning Star Newspaper
Socialism and Man in Cuba – Che Guevara
Why Cuba Still Matters – Diana Raby
Cuban women: A Revolution Within the Revolution – Danae González Del Toro & Nuria Barbosa León
The Urban Agriculture of Havana – Sinan Koont
People’s Democracies (Eastern Europe, Asia, etc.)
Stasi State or Socialist Paradise? The German Democratic Republic And What Became Of It – Bruni De La Motte & John Green
Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism – Kristen Ghodsee
Bypassing Capitalism – B. Shirendyb
Proles of the Round Table: German Democratic Republic, Ho Chi Minh, Women in Vietnam, History of DPRK, Visit to DPRK
Revolutionary Left Radio: Red Hangover, Women Behind the Iron Curtain, The Vietnam War
Radical Reflections: Defending the DPRK
Origins of Capitalism
Political Economy: Part I, Pre-Capitalist Modes of Production, Part II : Capitalist Mode of Production – USSR
Primitive Accumulation (Chaps. 26-32) – Karl Marx
Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation – Silvia Federici
The Origin of Capitalism – Ellen Meiksins Wood
Revolutionary Left Radio: Caliban and the Witch, Primitive Accumulation and the Social Construction of Race
Trademark Belfast: A Worker’s Guide to to Historical Capitalism (Part I, II)
Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World – Vijay Prashad
Open Veins of Latin America – Eduardo Galeano
The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South – Vijay Prashad
Rulers of the Planet – Michael Parenti
Imperialism in a Coffee Cup – John Smith
US Interventionism, the Third World and the USSR – Michael Parenti
Anti-Sovietism in the Media – Michael Parenti
Reflection on the Overthrow of Communism – Michael Parenti
Proles of the Round Table: Guatemala and the Silent Holocaust
Radical Reflections: No War With Iran: Against Capitalism and Imperialism
Revolutionary Left Radio: Abby Martin, On Syria: Civil War and US Imperialism, Chilean Coup, Coup in Venezuela, IMF and the World Bank
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? – Mark Fisher
A Brief History of Neoliberalism – David Harvey
David Harvey’s Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: Brief History of Neoliberalism, Contradictions of Neoliberalism, Financialisation of Power, Accumulation by Dispossession, Social Reproduction (I,II)
The Irish Spark: Conor McCabe: Money
Revolutionary Left Radio: Capitalist Realism, Great Recession of 2008, Austerity Apparatus
Civil War in France – Karl Marx
The Black Panthers Speak
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism & the Overthrow of Communism – Michael Parenti
Red Star Over the Third World – Vijay Prashad
Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela – George Ciccariello-Maher
Proles of the Round Table: Paris Commune, Bolivarian Revolutions, Burkina Faso, Phillipines Then and Now
Radical Reflections: Debunking Anti-Communist Myths, Defending Venezuela
Revolutionary Left Radio: Venezuela in Crisis, The Black Panthers, Nicaraguan Revolution, “Communism Killed 100 Million”
My Life – Fidel Castro
My First Life – Hugo Chávez
Red Rosa – Kate Evans
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life – Jon Lee Anderson
Black Bolshevik – Harry Haywood
Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman – Alexandra Kollantai
Eleanor Marx – Yvonne Kapp
Revolutionary Suicide – Huey Newton
Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
Autobiography – Malcolm X
The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg
Proles of the Round Table: Paul Robeson, Harry Haywood, Éloi Machoro
Revolutionary Left Radio: Che Guevara, Thomas Sankara, Fred Hampton, Malcom X, Rosa Luxemburg, Antonio Gramsci, Walter Rodney
Other Interesting Reads
Twenty Years in Underground Russia: Memoirs of a Rank-and-File Bolshevik – Cecilia Bobrovskaya
Why Socialism? – Albert Einstein
Condition of the Working Class in England – Frederick Engels
Speech at the Graveside of Karl Marx – Frederick Engels
Ten Days That Shook the World – John Reed
Video: Paul Robeson at the House of Un-American Activities Committee
Walking with the Comrades – Arundhati Roy
How To Be A Good Communist – Liu Shaoqi
Marxism Versus Liberalism – J.V. Stalin
The Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde
- Bobby Sands: 66 Days – “Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands’ emotive, non-violent protest to be classified as a political prisoner became a defining moment in 20th century Irish history.”
- Bloody Sunday – A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
- Sorry to Bother You – Dystopic but frighteningly real film from 2018, directed and written by Boots Riley, depicting workers’ struggle and exploitation under neoliberalism.
- Liberation – This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.
- The Wind That Shakes The Barley – Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.
- Office Space – Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
- Malcolm X – Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
- The Unknown War – Twenty-part documentary on the Soviet Union in World War Two, demonstrating the inspiring struggle of the people to take back their country and eventually defeat Nazi Germany. Uses incredible war-time footage.
- Five Broken Cameras – A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
- October 1917 (Ten Days That Shook The World) – In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year.
- Strike – Soviet Silent Historical Film. The film depicts a strike in 1903 by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and their subsequent suppression.
- Battleship Potemkin – In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel’s officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made.
- If a Tree Falls: A story of the Earth Liberation Front – A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s ‘number one domestic terrorist threat.’
- Paris is Burning – A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
- The True Cost – A documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.
- Get Out – A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
- Cry Freedom – South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.
- Suffragette – In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.
- Made in Dagenham – A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
- Pride – U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
- Stonewall – A young man’s political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
- Okja – A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend – a fascinating beast named Okja.
- They Live – A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
- The Battle of Chile – In 1973 the democratically elected socialist leader of Chile was overthrown by a CIA-backed fascist military coup. This three-part documentary uses on-the-ground footage and interviews to show the many sides this tumultuous time in the country’s history.
- The Battle of Algiers – In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
- Munich – Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
- Good Bye Lenin! – In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
- Jimmy’s Hall – During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.
- Kes – A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
- I, Daniel Blake – After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.
- Che Part One – In 1956, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
- Che Part Two – In 1967, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.
- Pan’s Labyrinth – In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century’s most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world’s attention for nearly 50 years.
- The Lab – The film reveals The Lab, which has transformed the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank from a burden to a marketable, highly profitable, national asset.
- La Chinois – An amusing French film from the late ’60s depicts the world of several young Maoists.
- A Dying Culture – A recent Marxist-Leninist documentary critiquing all elements of our culture today.
- Song For A Raggy Boy – “Song for a Raggy Boy” is based on the true story of a single teacher’s courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect’s sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.
- The Motorcycle Diaries – The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.
- Come And See – After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.
- Atlantic – Documentary about the two big resources in the North Atlantic, fish and oil, and the impact of their exploitation on the environment in various countries on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Battle For Sevastopol – A story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history.
- Trumbo – In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
- History is Marching – A communist documentary critiquing the thesis that history has ended.
- If… – In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.
- Hail, Caesar – A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.
- Hunger – Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.
- The Red Detachment of Women – A film made in China during the Cultural Revolution depicts a young woman escape from slavery and join the struggle for communism in 1930s China.
- Solaris – A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
- Sankara: The Upright Man – Documentary on the life of Thomas Sankara, the inspiring socialist leader of Burkina Faso.
- Look Who’s Back – Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.
- The Wave – A high school teacher’s experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.
- Rabbit-Proof Fence – In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.
- Who Am I – Benjamin, a young German computer whiz, is invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world’s stage.
- The Edukators – Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.
- Black And White In Colour – French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population.
- HyperNormalisation – Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening.
- The Rocky Road to Dublin – 1967 documentary film by Irish-born journalist Peter Lennon and French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, examining the contemporary state of the Republic of Ireland, posing the question, “what do you do with your revolution once you’ve got it?”
- Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair – A journalist and filmmaker is delving for years into a local group of the Greek neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn”.
- Unquiet Graves – The story of how victim’s campaigns uncovered collusion of the highest level between loyalist murder gangs and the British state.
- The Good Person of Szechwan – Bertolt Brecht
A play depicting the struggle of a good person living under capitalism, demonstrating the patriarchal nature of society and our need to conform to this in order to survive.
- Danton’s Death – Georg Buchner
A thundering dramatisation of the most extraordinary scenes of the French Revolution, of eloquence and execution.
- What Is To Be Done – Nikolai Chernyshevsky
A classic Russian novel about a revolutionary couple. It was an inspiration to many famous revolutionaries such as Vladimir Lenin, Alexandra Kollantai and Rosa Luxemburg.
- Mother – Maxim Gorky
A classic novel about a radical woman in the context of the dire poverty and degradation of factory work in pre-revolutionary Russia.
- A Great Love – Alexandra Kollantai
Short novel on a communist woman’s struggle between her own work and that of the unappreciative man she loves.
- Plough and the Stars – Sean O’Casey
Set during the Easter Rising, O’Casey’s classic play depicts the experience of working-class Dubliners during 1916.
- The Fever – Wallace Shawn
Introspective play dealing with alienation, radicalisation, and living comfortably in a world full of so much horror.
- And Quiet Flows the Don – Mikhail Sholokhov
An epic novel by a Nobel Prize Winner and member of the Soviet government shows the experience of a peasant family during Russia’s revolutionary period – from World War I through two revolutions to foreign intervention and a civil war.