The readings suggested below are works that we believe provide a good foundation for marxist and communist political education and is by no means intended to be exhaustive. The readings focus on several important topics: Classical Marxist Theory, Marxist Political Practice, Materialist/Marxist Feminism, and Race/Nation. The majority of the readings provided are representative of Red League’s politics. Those readings that aren’t, such as Stalin’s Marxism and the National Question and Kautsky’s Road to Power, are included because of their historical importance and overall influence on Marxists, and the need to understand the positions of those we critique. 

Classical Marxist Theory

Marx & Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party”

Marx, “Wage Labor and Capital”

Marx, Value, Price and Profit”

Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

Marx, 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Marx, Civil War in France

Marx, “Theses on Feuerbach”

Engels, The Peasant War in Germany

Marxist Political Practice

Marx, “Critique of the Gotha Program”

Engels, “Critique of the Erfurt Program”

Lenin, What Is to Be Done

Kautsky, Road to Power

Luxemburg, “Reform or Revolution”

Luxemburg, “The Mass Strike, the Political Party, and the Trade Unions”

Lenin, State and Revolution

Lenin, Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder

Gorter, “Open Letter to Comrade Lenin”

Bordiga, “Party and Class”

Bordiga, “The Democratic Principle”

Bordiga, “The Lyons Theses”

Bordiga, “The Fundamental Theses of the Party

Draper, Anatomy of a Microsect

Materialist/Marxist Feminism

Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

Luxemburg, Women’s Suffrage and the Class Struggle

Kollantai, The Social Basis of the Women Question

Kollantai, Communism and the Family

Jones, An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman

Maria De la Costa, Selma James, The Power of women and the Subversion of the Community

Wittig, One is Not Born a Woman

Frigga Haug, Marx Within Feminism

Barbara Smith, Where’s the Revolution

Rose Brewer, Theorizing race, class and gender: The new scholarship of black feminist intellectuals and black women’s labor

Rosemary Hennessy and Chrys Ingraham, Reclaiming Anticapitalist Feminism

Martha Gimenez, Marxism and Class, Gender and Race: Rethinking the Trilogy

Cinzia Arruzza, Remarks on Gender

Race and Nation

Stalin, Marxism and The National Question

Fanon, Black Skins White Mask

Fanon, The Pitfall Falls of National Consciousness

Fanon, Wretched of the Earth

CLR James, The Black Jacobins

Programma Comunista, The Colonial Question: An initial Balance Sheet

Barbara Field, Whiteness, Racism, and Identity

Barbara Field, Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States

David Roediger, Wages of Whiteness

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