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  • RedArmada

    Also, as the arch-individualist and complete egoist, it is strange that Max Stirner and his book "The Ego and It's Own" is actually really relevant to a lot of revolutionary thought- Marx specifically spoke towards Stirner in some sections, and Stirner's postulates for what a free unique ego should do and be are basically the same perspective that Marx (and the syndicalists as well) urged for workers, in my estimation.

    16 Feb 8:04 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    It's a bad novel, interesting only as a curio of history. Go for "Birth of Our Power" by Serge, it brought tears to me, and the last section where he enters Russia just after the revolution is pretty chilling.

    16 Feb 8:01 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    On the subject of fascism: if you wish to term this a revolutionary ideology, as it is, in a sense, revolutionary in at least the literal sense, it is also interesting to see the ways in which fascism grew from the same soil as the left-wing revolutionary movements- some of the earliest italian Fascisti were anarcho-syndicalists, George Sorel was a syndicalist who collaborated with French nationalist Charles Marraus to create some of the earliest fascist thought, Mussolini himself was originally a Communist internationalist, even the Nazis had a "left wing" around the Strasser brothers (modern national-anarchists/anti-authoritarian fascists or whatever they call themselves often rep "Strasserism")... I haven't read many actual books on the subject but would recommend Klaus Theweleit's "Male Fantasies" (really really good) on the roots of the Nazi mentality. Ernst Junger is an absolutley beautiful novelist who was associated with the fascists and the conservative revolution.

    16 Feb 7:23 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    A Marx quote I think is really fascinating, from his letters- "Hence, our motto must be: reform of consciousness not through dogmas, but by analysing the mystical consciousness that is unintelligible to itself, whether it manifests itself in a religious or a political form. It will then become evident that the world has long dreamed of possessing something of which it has only to be conscious in order to possess it in reality. It will become evident that it is not a question of drawing a great mental dividing line between past and future, but of realising the thoughts of the past. Lastly, it will become evident that mankind is not beginning a new work, but is consciously carrying into effect its old work."

    16 Feb 7:11 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    I'm sorry if this is all scattershot, I have learned everything I've learned piecemeal and so can only recommend it as it occurs to me. I think starting with Marx's letters is actually one of the best things you can do, that and Malatesta and Serge. There's a big hole here, and that is anti-colonialist and third-worldist writers, the only ones I can recommend are Franz Fanon's "Wretched of the Earth" and Aime Cesaire's poetry, and I suppose "The Black Jacobins" by C.L.R. James.

    16 Feb 7:10 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Auguste Blanqui, like Bakunin, was a fighter, not a writer, but he wrote a very strange and tragic theoretical pamphlet while he was dying in jail called "Eternity by the Stars", I recommend it. The Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai wrote some wacky Communist romance novels, I've read one called "Love of Worker Bees".

    16 Feb 7:06 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Errico Malatesta is really worth reading. Voline's "The Unknown Revolution" is very good. "Strike!" by Jeremy Brecher will get you all hot and bothered about the suppressed history of US labor militancy. Okay, so critical theory, I am not the most well-versed- there are two varieties, old Marxist critical theory and newer "post-modern" critical theory which is more concerned with questions of communication and meaning (Barthes, Saussure, Derrida). but I am always fascinated by anything by Walter Benjamin, get anything you can by him. Also, Theodor Adorno's "Minima Moralia" is very very good (though Adorno and Horkheimer were both elitist intellectuals and I can't get with their attitude which I feel blames workers in some ways for their own subjection to cultural hegemony). Gyorgy Lukacs and Antonio Gramsci, both really really worth reading for their more theoretical approaches, though I don't tend to enjoy extremely technical philosophy.

    16 Feb 6:55 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Paul Avrich's book on the Kronstadt Uprising of 1921 is masterful and very well researched. Paul Mattick is interesting, though very mechanical and schematic in his Marxism. Bataille's theses on a "headless universe" from L'Acephale are good, "Accursed Share" also good except for a weak and self-contradicting section where he defends of Stalinist USSR. Oscar Wilde (would you believe it?) "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" is a nice little essay.

    16 Feb 6:30 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Sam Dolgoff's book about the anarchist collectives in Spain, and Murray Bookchin's history of Spanish anarchism before the civil war, both good. "Homage to Catalonia" by Orwell, just for some literary spice. "Society of the Spectacle" by Guy Debord, Debord is really the only Situationist I can respect, he's a grim asshole but he's right. Rosa Luxemburg is interesting.

    16 Feb 6:22 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Victor Serge wrote some beautiful books about the 20th century revolutionary movement that are definitely worth reading. "Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement" by Gilles Dauve is excellent, really anything by Dauve. Silvia Federici is really important for her development of the idea of womens' bodies as means of production (feminist Marxism), check out "Caliban and the Witch". If you can find them, the writings of Cornelius Castoriadis are worthwhile.

    16 Feb 6:17 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Best way to read Marx is just to read Marx... I have no patience with other writers talking about him, like Terry Eagleton, et al, they may have good things to say and good interpretations, but I just can't be bothered. But Eagleton's works are very well-thought-of right now. "Worker's Councils" by Anton Pannekoek is, to me, one of the most clearly stated expressions of the theory of class struggle, and I highly recommend it despite some of the sort of pedantic discussion of pre and post-WW2 politics. George Sorel's "Reflections on Violence" is very good (though Sorel himself was sort of a marginal figure later associated with fascism).

    16 Feb 6:10 Rispondi
  • mr-saturn

    I know you

    2 Feb 3:07 Rispondi
  • Hari_Maia

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    13 Nov 2014 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    I have been before. It's psychic miasma left me with a bit of a jaundiced impression, it may be too many people for me to handle, but then, I did not get to see much. I am considering a visit, just to peruse the capitol city of the human imagination.

    3 Mar 2014 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    fTell me about your New York experience

    30 Gen 2014 Rispondi
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    19 Set 2013 Rispondi
  • LeonelFitz

    i, do you still have the death in june ticket for ny?

    28 Ago 2013 Rispondi
  • Hearthandfire

    D. Fled from TT. Hey duder :)

    13 Giu 2013 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    Revised answer for simplicity: Probably the urban proletariat. Because the U.S. is an industrialized (or even, as they say now, post-industrial) society, in which most of the population is not engaged in productive agriculture and does not live rurally, and because the U.S. peoples are not the subject of imperialist intervention (but the U.S. is the in fact the sponsor and participant in imperialism), it is not a favorable environment for Maoist tactics and analysis.

    17 Mar 2013 Rispondi
  • RedArmada

    With this in mind, Mao believed that the rural peasantry were the true revolutionary class, not the industrial urban proletariat, and Maoism therefore bases its revolutionary struggle around appealing to and mobilizing rural peasant communities to engage in guerilla warfare against capitalist forces- the "People's War". Only through the revolt of the subjugated peasants would capitalist imperialism be overthrown and the road opened to development (this development was nevertheless industrial and scientific in character). Mao, like Lenin, saw the revolution in terms of "winning the war", and because the CPC spent so much of its early history in civil war against the Kuomintang, Maoism's organisational scheme is hierarchical and discipline based. However, Mao also discarded much of the rationalist and anti-spontaneist baggage of Leninism, as can be seen in the Cultural Revolution.

    28 Feb 2013 Rispondi
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