Marxist Politics

  • Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism – V.I Lenin
  • State and Revolution – V.I Lenin
  • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific – Fredrick Engels
  • The Foundations of Leninism – J.V. Stalin
  • What Is To Be Done? – V.I Lenin
  • The Origin of the Family, Private Property and The State – Frederick Engels
  • Reform or Revolution – Rosa Luxemburg
  • The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels
Further Reading
  • Guerrilla Warfare – Che Guevara

Marxist Philosophy

  • Materialism and the Dialectical Method – Maurice Cornforth
  • Ludwig Feuerbach and the Outcome Classical German Philosophy – Frederick Engels
  • What is Orthodox Marxism? – Georg Lukács
  • Was Gramsci a Eurocommunist? – Robert Griffiths
Further Reading
  • The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
  • On Contradiction – Mao

Marxist Economics

  • Value, Price and Profit – Karl Marx
  • Wage, Labour, and Capital – Karl Marx
  • Estranged Labour – Karl Marx
  • Capital – Karl Marx
  • The Accumulation of Capital – Rosa Luxemburg
  • Reading Capital – Louis Althusser, Étienne Balibar, Roger Establet, Jacques Rancière, and Pierre Macherey
Further Reading
  • An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital – Michael Heinrich

Marxist-Feminism and Queer Liberation

  • The Social Basis of the Woman Question – Alexandra Kollontai
  • Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba – Leslie Feinberg

Irish Socialist History

Short Reads
  • Labour in Irish History – James Connolly
  • Reconquest of Ireland – James Connolly
  • The Irish Citizen Army: The World’s First Working-Class Army – Daithi Mac An Mhaistir
  • Not Yet Emmet – Peader O’Donnell
Longer Reads
  • The Lost Revolution – Brian Hanley and Scott Millar
  • Seán Murray: Marxist-Leninist & Irish Socialist Republican – Seán Byers
  • Liam Mellows and the Irish Revolution – C. Desmond
  • Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament – Tommy McKearney

Socialist Movies

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 – The True Cost is 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Solaris – A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
  • 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.
  • 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.