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Contents

  1. Introduction to Marxism
  2. Ireland (Socialist-Republicanism)
  3. Current Events
  4. Marxist Economics
  5. Marxist Philosophy
  6. Modern Imperialism
  7. Revolutionary Theory
  8. Marxist-Feminism
  9. Queer Theory
  10. National Liberation
  11. Ecology & the Climate Crisis
  12. Far-right/Fascism
  13. Socialist States
    1. Soviet Union
    2. China
    3. Cuba
    4. People’s Democracies
  14. History
    1. Origins of Capitalism
    2. Neoliberalism
    3. Revolutionary History
  15. Revolutionary Lives
  16. Other Interesting Reads
  17. Films/Documentaries
  18. Fiction/Theatre

Introduction to Marxism

Principles of Communism – Friedrich Engels
Karl Marx: A Brief Biographical Sketch With an Exposition of Marxism – V. I. Lenin
Socialism Made Easy – James Connolly 
What is Marxism All About? – FIST
The Capitalist Illusion: A Guide to Political Economy in the 21st Century – Eoghan O’Neill (Buy)
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism & the Overthrow of Communism – Michael Parenti
The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels (Buy in Irish: Clar Na Comharsheilbhe – Forogra na gCumannach le Karl Marx agus Freidrich Engels)
From Marx to Mao Tse-Tung: A Study in Revolutionary Dialectics – George Thomson

Videos:
The continued relevance of Karl Marx – Stiofán Ó’Nualláin

Podcasts:
Radical Reflections: Debunking Anti-Communist MythsChallenging Capitalism: The Socialist Workplace
Red Menace: The Communist Manifesto

Ireland (Socialist-Republicanism)

Socialism and Nationalism – James Connolly
Erin’s Hope: The Ends and the Means – James Connolly
The Men We Honour – James Connolly
Let Us Free Ireland! – James Connolly
Labour in Irish History – James Connolly (Buy)
Liam Mellows’ Speeches in America – CYM
Ireland Her Own – T. A. Jackson
The Irish Citizen Army: The World’s First Working-Class Army – Daithí Mac An Mhaistir (Buy)
British Imperialism in Ireland – Elinor Burns
Not Yet Emmet – Peadar O’Donnell
Revolutionary Works – Seamus Costello
Provisional IRA: From Insurrection to Parliament – Tommy McKearney (Buy)
The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers’ Party – Brian Hanley & Scott Millar
Sins of the Father: The Decisions that Shaped the Irish Economy – Conor McCabe
Undoing the Conquest: Renewing the Struggle – Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum (Buy)
A Brief History of the Institutionalisation of Discrimination Against Irish Travellers – Sindy Joyce
A Democratic Programme for a New Century – Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum
Introduction to the Communist Party of Ireland – CPI (Buy)
Who is the average Irish farmer? – GP & EMcD, SV

Videos:
Sindy Joyce: Testimony at the 2017 Dublin Platform for Frontline Defenders
Paul Morrin: The History of Socialism in Ireland, Building Socialism with the Connolly Youth Movement, Marxism-Leninism, Republicanism, Ultra-Leftism

Podcasts:
Irish History Show: The southern Irish economy since partition, Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life
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, Forgotten Revolution: Limerick Soviet of 1919
Revolutionary Left Radio: Easter Rising, Irish Republic Army: Anti-Imperialism, Guerilla Warfare, and National Liberation
Trademark Belfast: Apple Tax, What’s the point of Irish?, Sectarianism and its resilience

Current Events

COVID-19 & Capitalist Crisis

Why coronavirus could spark a capitalist supernova – John Smith
We won’t go back to normal, because normal was the problem – Vijay Prashad
The world we all knew is gone, a new one has yet to be born – Donal

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance – Vijay Prashad
Covid-19: The Vietnamese Offensive – Kerry FleckThat old national question – still refusing to go away – Tommy McKearney, SV
Latest Outbreak Exposes the Cutthroat Nature of Neoliberal Ireland– OM, CYM

Videos:
Prolekult: Collapse, American Carnage
Redfish: Winning the Fight: Vietnam and COVID-19

Podcasts:
Irish History Show: Celtic Tiger to Covid-19
Red Menace: The Empire in Decay, The Revolutionary Moment and Its Future, The Plague, Political Economy, and Reactionary Protests, Coronavirus, Capitalism, and the Future
Revolutionary Left Radio: America on Fire, China, Covid-19, and the New Cold War
Trademark Belfast: A Worker’s Guide to Contemporary Capitalism (Pt. I), Economic and Social Impact of Covid, Conor McCabe, Post Covid Futures – Part One, Coronavirus and a crisis of Capitalism

The EU & Brexit

No United Ireland Under Imperialism – Eoghan O’Neill, SV 
The Irish Left and the European Union – Eugene McCartan, SV
Their Internationalism and Ours – Paul O’Connell
The EU and Covid-19 – Tommy McKearney, SV (video)
European Union – Despite recent agreement, the fault lines deepen – Eugene McCartan, SV
Europe is the Final Nail for Irish Farmers – FS, CYM
Why Does the EU Make the Housing, Health, and Climate Crisis Worse? –  JF, CYM
The Unavoidable Question of the EU – Nicola Lawlor, SV
The European Union’s Campaign to Rewrite History – AH, CYM

Videos:
Paul Morrin: European Union, Imperialism and Brexit
Redfish: Fortress Europe: Refugees Not Welcome

Podcasts:
Radical Reflections: The European Union: Leave, Fight Transform
Red Nation: Labour’s defeat & Brexit, an Irish perspective
Trademark Belfast: The EU and its response to the Covid crisis, A Brexit Special Brew

Irish Politics

New government, same old policies – Eugene McCartan, SV
A Platform to Build On – Eugene McCartan, SV
The Meaning of ‘Power’ in a Post-GE2020 Ireland – AH, CYM

The Worm at the Core – Apple’s Daylight Robbery – DD, CYM

Podcasts:
Radical Reflections: Irish Election Analysis
Trademark Belfast: Are we all Shinners now father?

Latin America

“My sin was being indigenous, leftist, and anti-imperialist” – JF, SV 
Why the West hates Sandinista Nicaragua – Stephen Sefton, SV
Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela – George Ciccariello-Maher
Venezuela Blockaded – Seán Edwards, SV (video)

Videos:
Redfish: Cholitas: The Women Transforming Bolivia, The New Battle for Nicaragua, Venezuela: Defending the Revolution, The Other Venezuela
Socialist Voice: Climate Extinction: Democracy, Sovereignty & Imperialism, Nicaragua: Defending Sovereignty & Democracy during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Venezuela Revolution: under pressure, how is it responding

Podcasts:
The Irish Spark: Clare Daly: Venezuela Fact Finding Mission, Paul Dobson: Venezuela Update, PCV: Venezuela
Radical Reflections: Defending Venezuela
Red Nation: Resisting the Coup in Bolivia, The coup against Bolivia’s Indigenous people, The coup against Evo Morales
Revolutionary Left Radio: Coup in VenezuelaVenezuela in Crisis
Trademark Belfast: Colombia, Ireland and a Neo-Liberal Peace

Marxist Economics

Wage Labour and Capital – Karl Marx (pdf)
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
Reform or Revolution – Rosa Luxemburg (pdf)
Value, Price and Profit – Karl Marx (pdf)
Anti-Dühring, Part II: Political Economy – Friedrich Engels
Capital: Vol. 1 – Karl Marx (Buy)
Understanding Das Kapital: Perspectives from China – Yu Bin
An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital – Michael Heinrich
Reading Capital – Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Roger Establet, Jacques Ranciere & Pierre Macherey
A Companion to Marx’s Capital – David Harvey (book & online lectures)
Measuring the Production of Use Values –  Madara Kupce & Dónal Ó Coisdealbha (video)

Marxist Philosophy – Dialectical and Historical Materialism

The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism – V. I. Lenin
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific – Friedrich Engels (pdf)
Dialectical and Historical Materialism – J. V. Stalin
Materialism and the Dialectical Method – Maurice Cornforth
Where Do Correct Ideas Come From? – Mao Zedong
On Practice – Mao Zedong
On Contradiction – Mao Zedong
What is dialectical materialism? An introduction – Liberation School
Preface to A Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy – Karl Marx
Historical Materialism – Maurice Cornforth
Anarchism or Socialism – J. V. Stalin
How Lenin Studied Marx – N. K. Krupskaya
Reform Our Study – Mao Zedong
Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy – Friedrich Engels
Anti-Dühring, Part I: Philosophy – Friedrich Engels
The German Ideology, Chapter I – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels (pdf)
Dialectics of Nature (Chaps. 1-3, 8-9) – Friedrich Engels

Videos:
Fundamentals of Marx: Dialectics, Historical Materialism
Luna oi!: How To Think Like a Vietnamese Communist: An Intro to Dialectical Materialism (Pt. 1 & 2)

Podcasts:
Proles of the Round Table: Social Construction of History
Radical Reflections: Marxist Takes on Schooling and Education
Red Menace: Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, On Contradiction, On Practice, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Revolutionary Left Radio: The Principal Contradiction: Applying Dialectical Materialism, Historical Materialism, Marxism As Science
Trademark Belfast: Hegemony – Ideology as ‘common sense’

Modern Imperialism

Theory

Imperialism and Socialism – James Connolly
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism – V. I. Lenin (Buy) (pdf)
Anti-Imperialist Viewpoint – J. C. Mariátegui
Theory and Tactics of the Bolshevik Party on the Question of War, Peace and Revolution – extract from History of CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Black Skin, White Masks – Frantz Fanon
Political Economy: Part II, B. Monopoly Capitalism-Imperialism – A Textbook issued by the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R
U. S. Imperialism is a Paper Tiger – Mao Zedong
The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon (pdf)
Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism – Kwame Nkrumah
Create Two, Three, Many Vietnams –  Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
A United Front Against Debt – Thomas Sankara
Imperialism 101 – Michael Parenti
Imperialism in a Coffee Cup – John Smith

History & Today

The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 – Eric Hobsbawm
Outbreak and Causes of the Imperialist War – extract from History of CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Beginning of the Second Imperialist War – extract from History of CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Negro Liberation – Harry Haywood
Toward the African Revolution – Frantz Fanon
The Imperialist Partition of Africa – Walter Rodney
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa – Walter Rodney
Open Veins of Latin America – Eduardo Galeano
Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World – Vijay Prashad
The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South – Vijay Prashad
Against Empire – Michael Parenti
To Kill A Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia – Michael Parenti (pdf)
Killing Hope – US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II – William Blum
Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower – William Blum (pdf)
Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: the Globalization of Production, Super-Exploitation, and the Crisis of Capitalism – John Smith

Videos:
Peter Kornbluh: The Pinochet File: The US and the Overthrow of the Chilean Government
Paul Morrin: The Iraq War, Modern China, and Religion with Hakim
Michael Parenti: The Darker Myths of Empire, To Kill A Nation
Socialist Voice: The Historical and Structural Origins of Racism in the USA Today – the Role of Settler Colonialism w/ Gerald Horne

Podcasts:
Rulers of the Planet – Michael Parenti
Marx Madness: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa: An Imperialism Addendum, Wretched of the Earth: Chapter 1.1
Proles of the Round Table: Guatemala and the Silent Holocaust
Radical Reflections: The Jakarta Method: Cold War Crusades in Indonesia, No War With Iran: Against Capitalism and Imperialism
Red Menace: Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, Wretched of the Earth (I, II, III)
Red Nation: Washington Bullets w/ Vijay Prashad, On Hybrid Wars, “Nothing human is alien to me”
Revolutionary Left Radio: Abby Martin, On Syria: Civil War and US Imperialism, Chilean Coup, IMF and the World Bank

Revolutionary Theory

Revolutionary Movement & Organisation

Ideological Foundations of the Marxist Party – extract from History of the CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Organisational Principles of the Marxist Party – extract from History of the CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Conclusion – extract from History of the CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Briefly About Disagreements in the Party – J. V. Stalin
Where to Begin? – V. I. Lenin
‘Left-Wing’ Communism: An Infantile Disorder – V. I. Lenin (Buy)
What Is To Be Done – V. I. Lenin (Buy)
The Party Crisis and Our Tasks – J. V. Stalin
The Correct Handling of a Revolution – Huey P. Newton
Combat Liberalism – Mao Zedong
How To Be A Good Communist – Liu Shaoqi
A Single Spark Can Light a Prairie Fire – Mao Zedong
On Correcting Mistaken Ideas in the Party – Mao Zedong
Rectify the Party’s Style of Work – Mao Zedong
Araling Aktibista: Lessons for Activists – Communist Party of the Philippines
The Communist Necessity – J. Moufawad-Paul
Women’s Leadership and the Revolution in Nepal – Parvati
Lenin and the Trade Union Movement – A. Lovozsky
Guerrilla Warfare – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
Combating Tailism and Economism – Raymond Ó’Dubhghaill, SV (video)

Revolution

On Authority – Friedrich Engels
What is Soviet Power? – V. I. Lenin (Audio)
The State and Revolution – V. I. Lenin (Buy)
The Foundations of Leninism – J. V. Stalin (pdf)
Critique of the Gotha Programme – Karl Marx
The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky – V. I. Lenin
On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People – Mao Zedong (audio)
Tactical Foundations of the Marxist Party – extract from History of the CPSU (Bolsheviks)
Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution – V. I. Lenin
Anti-Dühring, Part III: Socialism – Friedrich Engels
Left Anti-Communism: The Unkindest Cut – Michael Parenti
When’s the revolution coming? – SÓM, SV (video)

Videos:
What is the Meaning of the Left? – Vijay Prashad

Podcasts:
Red Menace: What Is To Be Done, Foundations of Leninism, State and Revolution, “Left-Wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder, The Civil War in France, Critique of the Gotha Programme
Revolutionary Left Radio: Communist Party Building
Trademark Belfast: The Need for Radical Political Education, Working Class Education

Marxist-Feminism

Selected Writings – Clara Zetkin
The Social Basis of the Woman Question – Alexandra Kollantai
Women’s Suffrage and Class Struggle – Rosa Luxemburg
The Labour of Women in the Evolution of the Economy – Alexandra Kollantai
Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth – Alexandra Kollantai
The Second Sex – Simone De Beauvoir
The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution – Shulamith Firestone
Women’s Liberation is a Component Part of the Proletarian Revolution – Hsu Kwang
Wages for Housework – Silvia Federici
Women, Race & Class – Angela Davis
Understanding Patriarchy – bell hooks
Marx on Gender and the Family: A Summary – Heather Brown
Feminism for the 99% – Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser

Podcasts:
A.K.47 – Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollantai

LGBTQ+ Theory

LGBT liberation: An essential working-class struggle – Leslie Feinberg
Towards a Scientific Analysis of the Gay Question – Los Angeles Research Group 
Undoing Gender – Judith Butler
Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba – Leslie Feinberg
Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come – Leslie Feinberg
Towards a Gay CommunismMario Mieli
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution – Shiri Eisner
Why Communists Support Trans Rights – Faye Sarsfield, SV 

National Liberation

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 (pdf) (audio)
The National Question – J. V. Stalin
Lenin and the East – Ho Chi Minh (audio)
Internationalism and Nationalism – Liu Shaoqi
For a Revolutionary Position on the Negro Question – Harry Haywood
Letter from Thysville Prison to Mrs. Lumumba – Patrice Lumumba
I Speak of Freedom – Kwame Nkrumah (pdf)
The Pitfalls of National Consciousness – Frantz Fanon (pdf)
‘We Have Taken the First Step on a Long March’ – Harry Haywood
National liberation: The United States and Ireland – SÓM, SV (video)

Podcasts:
Proles of the Round Table: Indigeneity
Red Menace: For a Revolutionary Position on the Negro Question
Revolutionary Left Radio: Race, Alienation, & Double Consciousness, Settler-Colonialism and Decolonisation, A History of the Lakota and Dakota People, The Palestinian Liberation Struggle

Ecology & the Climate Crisis

Eco-Socialism or Eco-Imperialism? – NCPA
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
The Rift of Éire – J. B. Foster
A Rational Agriculture is Incompatible with Capitalism – Fred Magdoff
Cuba’s Urban Farming Revolution: How to Create Self-Sufficient Cities – Carey Clouse
Dialectics of Climate Science: Liberalism vs. Marxism – CYM
The Earth System and the Capitalist System are Incompatible – Eoghan O’Neill, SV 
The Origins of the Climate Crisis – JF, SV (audio)

Podcasts:
Invent The Future: Carbon, Pt. 1
Revolutionary Left Radio: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, Food Politics & Environmentalism: Climate Change, Hunger, & Veganism

Far-right/Fascism

The Struggle Against Fascism – Clara Zetkin
The Fascist Offensive and the Tasks of the Communist International in the Struggle of the Working Class against Fascism – Georgi Dimitrov
Unity of the Working Class Against Fascism – Georgi Dimitrov
Fascism and Social Revolution – Rajani Palme Dutt
Blackshirts & Reds: Rational Fascism & the Overthrow of Communism, Chap. I – Michael Parenti
Connolly vs. the Melted Cheeseheads – Fergal Twomey, CYM

Podcasts:
Trademark Belfast: Fascism 2020

Socialist States

Soviet Union

History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Chaps. 8-12) – U.S.S.R textbook
The Russian Revolution: A View From the Third World – Walter Rodney
1936 Constitution of the Soviet Union
Another View of Stalin – Ludo Martens
Fraud, Famine and Fascism: The Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard – Douglas Tottle
Stalin and the Struggle for Democratic Reform – Grover Furr
The Soviets Expected It – Anna Louise Strong
Two Commonwealths: Soviets and Ourselves – K. E. Holme 
Women in the Land of Socialism – Nina V. Popova
The Stalin Era – Anna Louise Strong
Stalin: History and Criticism of a Black Legend – Domenico Losurdo
What Actually was a Gulag? – CYM
Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union – Roger Keeran & Thomas Kenny
We Lived Better Then – Stephen Gowans
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

Videos:
Roger Keeran & Thomas Kenny: Socialism Betrayed
Michael Parenti: Anti-Sovietism in the Media, Reflection on the Overthrow of Communism

Podcasts:
Historic.ly: The Man, the Myth & Legend of Joseph Stalin with Grover Furr
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

China

Red Star Over China – Edgar Snow
On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship – Mao Zedong
The Long Game and its Contradictions – He Zhao
A Question of State & Revolution: China & Market Socialism
We Must Eliminate Poverty – Deng Xiaoping (audio)
Dialectical Materialism is the Worldview and Methodology of Chinese Communists – Xi Jinping

Videos:
Is China Imperialist? – Paul Morrin
On Chinese Socialism (‘Is China Capitalist’, Is China ‘Imperialist’, Chinese Investment an Alternative to Western Model, US Aggression Against China, Chinese Internationalism) – Vijay Prashad
From Opium Wars to Trade Wars: China’s Long Path toward Socialism (From imperial China to the Century of Humiliation, National Liberation and Class Struggle, Twin Tasks of the Revolution, Is China capitalist?, China and the Global South) – PSL & Qiao Collective
Selection and election: How China chooses its leaders – Zhang Weiwei

Podcasts:
Proles of the Round Table: Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, China in the Era of Xi, Western Media is a F***
Radical Reflections: In Defence of China: Opposing Western Aggression, Hong Kong
Revolutionary Left Radio: China as a Socialist State

Cuba

Socialism and Man in Cuba – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
Why Cuba Still Matters – Diana Raby
Cuban Women: A Revolution Within the Revolution – Danae González Del Toro & Nuria Barbosa León
Cuba found to be most sustainably developed country in the world – Morning Star
The Urban Agriculture of Havana – Sinan Koont
Cuba’s Medical Internationalism – GH, SV 

Videos:
Cuba and the War against COVID – Hugo René Ramos Milanés, SV
How Democracy Works in Cuba
Mujeres Revolucionarias: The Role of Women in Cuba – Carole Regan, SV

Podcasts:
Irish Spark: The Cuban Ambassador to Ireland
Proles of the Round Table: Modern Cuba
Radical Reflections: Contemporary Cuba: Socialism in Action
Revolutionary Left Radio: Cuba Today

People’s Democracies

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
Laos: Building the foundations of socialism – Socialist Voice
Bypassing Capitalism – B. Shirendyb
In North Korea: First Eye-Witness Report – Anna Louise Strong
Understanding North Korea – Stephen Gowans
Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom – Stephen Gowans
The Imperialist Aggressors Can Never Enslave The Heroic Vietnamese People – Ho Chi Minh

Videos:
Das Andere Leben (I: School, Childhood and Youth in the GDR; II: Work and Industry in the GDR; III: Democracy and Community in the GDR)
‘Patriots, Traitors and Empires’ book launch – Stephen Gowans
Is Vietnam socialist? – Luna oi!

Podcasts:
Proles of the Round Table: German Democratic Republic, Ho Chi Minh, Women in Vietnam, History of DPRK, Visit to DPRK
Radical Reflections: Defending the DPRK
Revolutionary Left Radio: Red Hangover, Women Behind the Iron Curtain, The Vietnam War

History

Origins of Capitalism

Political Economy: Part One, Pre-Capitalist Modes of Production – USSR textbook
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
The State – V. I. Lenin
Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State – Friedrich Engels
The Making of the English Working Class – E. P. Thompson
The Working Day (Chap. 10) – Karl Marx
Machinery and Modern Industry (Chap. 15) – Karl Marx

Podcasts:
Revolutionary Left Radio: Caliban and the Witch, Primitive Accumulation and the Social Construction of Race
Trademark Belfast: A Worker’s Guide to Historical Capitalism (Part I, II)

Neoliberalism

Inventing Reality: The Politics of Mass Media – Michael Parenti (pdf)
A Brief History of Neoliberalism​ – David Harvey
Capitalist Realism​: Is There No Alternative?​ – Mark Fisher
Debt, Austerity, and the European Union – Eugene McCartan, SV
The end of neoliberal social contract – Dónal Ó Coisdealbha

Videos:
Capitalism vs. Reality – Michael Parenti

Podcasts:
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
Trademark Belfast: The Neo-Liberal City: A Utopia of Exclusion, The Rise of the Machines, A Worker’s Guide to Historical Capitalism (Part III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII)

Revolutionary History

The Peasant War in Germany – Friedrich Engels
The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848 – Eric Hobsbawm
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte – Karl Marx (pdf)
The Age of Capital, 1848-1875 – Eric Hobsbawm
Civil War in France – Karl Marx
History of the Paris Commune of 1871 – P. O. Lissagaray
History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Chaps. 1-7) – U.S.S.R textbook
The Third International and Its Place in History – V. I. Lenin
Ten Days That Shook the World – John Reed
Red Star Over the Third World – Vijay Prashad (Buy)
Debunking Misconceptions Concerning the Spanish Civil War – Class Wars
Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War (extract) – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (pdf)
The Black Panthers Speak
Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party – Joshua Bloom & Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution – Robin D. G. Kelley & Betsy Esch

Videos:
US Interventionism, the Third World and the USSR – Michael Parenti
The Many Lives of Communism in the Third World – Vijay Prashad

Podcasts:
Proles of the Round Table: Paris Commune, Bolivarian Revolutions, Burkina Faso, Phillipines Then and Now
Radical Reflections: Defending Venezuela
Revolutionary Left Radio: The Haitian RevolutionThe Black Panthers, Nicaraguan Revolution, “Communism Killed 100 Million”

Revolutionary Lives

Twenty Years in Underground Russia: Memoirs of a Rank-and-File Bolshevik – Cecilia Bobrovskaya
My Life – Fidel Castro
My First Life – Hugo Chávez
The Price of My Soul – Bernadette Devlin
Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China – Han Suyin
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life – Jon Lee Anderson
Fred Hampton: Black Panther and red revolutionary – Sean Ledwith
Black Bolshevik – Harry Haywood (Buy)
Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson
With the Century – Kim Il-Sung
Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman – Alexandra Kollantai
Reminiscences of Lenin – N. K. Krupskaya
Red Rosa – Kate Evans
The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg
Eleanor Marx – Yvonne Kapp
Seán Murray: Marxist-Leninist & Irish Socialist-Republican – Seán Byers
Revolutionary Suicide – Huey P. Newton
The Making of an Irish Communist Leader: The Life and Times of Michael O’Riordan, 1938-47 – Michael Quinn (Buy)
Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
Stalin: Man of Contradiction – K. N. Cameron
With Stalin: Memoirs from my Meetings with Stalin – Enver Hoxha
Autobiography – Malcolm X

Videos:
Michael O’Riordan

Podcasts:
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
Trademark Belfast: Joe Law

Other Interesting Reads

Why Socialism? – Albert Einstein
Condition of the Working Class in England – Friedrich Engels
Speech at the Graveside of Karl Marx – Friedrich Engels
Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire
Long Live Leninism! – Hongqi
Blood In My Eye – George L. Jackson
Remembering the Real Dragon – An Interview with George Jackson May 16 and June 29, 1971
The Attitude of the Workers’ Party to Religion – V. I. Lenin
Marxism and Revisionism – V. I. Lenin
Quotations from Mao Zedong (“Little Red Book”)
Functional Definition of Politics – Huey P. Newton
Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements – Huey P. Newton
“You Are the Un-Americans”: Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (Dramatisation)
Walking with the Comrades – Arundhati Roy
Marxism Versus Liberalism: An Interview with H. G. Wells – J. V. Stalin (pdf)
The Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde

Films

  • Battle For Sevastopol – A story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history.
  • The Battle of Algiers – In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bloody Sunday – A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
  • 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.
  • La Chinoise – An amusing French film from the late ’60s depicts the world of several young Maoists.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Edukators – Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.
  • The Founding of an Army – In the midst of an intensifying class struggle the Chinese Communist Party, having suffered heavy defeats and betrayal, forms its own fighting force. 
  • The Founding of a Party – In the 1910’s China is in revolutionary upheaval amid tumultuous political changes. A small group of radical thinkers point a new way forward. 
  • The Founding of a Republic – Chinese blockbuster follows the final years of the civil war and the founding of a people’s republic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hail, Caesar – A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line.
  • The Hate U Give – This film follows the story of a young teenager who watches her friend get executed by police and her struggle for justice.
  • Hunger – Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.
  • 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.
  • If… – In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.
  • 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.
  • Liberation – This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.
  • Lucía – Cuban film dramatising key moments in Cuban history as seen through the eyes of three women named Lucía.
  • 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.
  • 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 Motorcycle Diaries – The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.
  • 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.
  • Office Space – Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
  • Okja – A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend – a fascinating beast named Okja.
  • 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.
  • Pride – U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
  • 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.
  • The Red Detachment of Women – A young woman escapes from slavery and join the communist struggle in 1930s China.
  • Rosie – A recent Irish film showing the cruel reality of the housing crisis as a mother is made homeless and tries to look after her family.
  • Solaris – A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
  • 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.
  • Sorry to Bother You – Dystopic but frighteningly real film from 2018, written and directed by Boots Riley, depicting workers’ struggle and exploitation under neoliberal capitalism.
  • Stonewall – A young man’s political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • También la lluvia – ‘Even the Rain’ follows a film crew during the water war that erupted when Bolivia was forced to privatise its water.
  • 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.
  • Trumbo – In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
  • 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.
  • 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 Wind That Shakes The Barley – Against the backdrop of the Irish revolutionary period, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against the British Empire, each developing different views of what the struggle for national liberation means.

Documentaries

  • 1948: Creation and Catastrophe – An intimate account of the establishment of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
  • The Act of Killing – Shocking insight into the forgotten genocide of communists, workers and peasants in Indonesia in 1965-66 – through the eyes of those who perpetrated it.
  • Atlantic – Documentary about the two major resources of the North Atlantic, fish and oil, and the impact of their exploitation on the environment.
  • The Barefoot Doctors of Rural China – Intimate depiction of healthcare in early socialist China.
  • 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 moment in the country’s history. 
  • 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 Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 – Charts the development of the African-American liberation struggle during some of its most tumultuous years, with appearances from Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, leading Black Panthers and many more.
  • Concerning Violence – The opening chapter of Frantz Fanon’s classic ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ is brought to life with narration by Lauryn Hill, powerfully elucidating the need for violence of the oppressed to conquer and defeat the violence of imperialism.
  • Cuba and the Cameraman – An American filmmaker documents the development of socialist Cuba from the 1970s.
  • A Dying Culture – A recent Marxist-Leninist documentary critiquing all elements of our culture today as capitalism faces its final crisis.
  • Eyes of the Rainbow – The Assata Shakur Story – Infamous Black revolutionary, still in exile in Cuba, tells her story.
  • Fighting terrorism in Xinjiang – Documents the horrifying scale of the terror attacks in the Xinjiang region of western China between 1990 and 2016 and how the people fought back.
  • Five Broken Cameras – A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
  • George Jackson – Day of the Gun – The story of George Jackson, a Black communist murdered in prison.
  • 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”.
  • History is Marching – A Marxist-Leninist documentary from 2018 critiquing the thesis that history has ended, showing how tensions between imperialist powers continue to intensify.
  • Homegrown Outcasts: North Koreans in Japan – A short documentary on Koreans in Japan, their affinity for their homeland and the xenaphobia they’re subjected to.
  • The Houses Are Full of Smoke: The CIA in Guatemala – Interviews & on-the-ground footage reveal the extent of the U.S. involvement in Guatemala in the ’80s.
  • The Houses Are Full of Smoke: The CIA in Nicaragua – On-the-ground footage of the US intervention in socialist Nicaragua.
  • 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.
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Based on the writings of James Baldwin, this documentary explores the history of racism in the United States.
  • 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.’
  • Inside the New People’s Army (Pts. 1 & 2) – Communists in the Philippines are waging an armed struggle against feudalism, colonialism, capitalism, and Duterte’s repressive state. A rare glimpse of the NPA from the inside.
  • 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.
  • Leila Khaled: Hijacker – Compelling account of the legendary Palestinian freedom fighter.
  • The Look of Silence – A man whose brother was murdered during the 1965-66 genocide of Indonesian communists and poor confronts the killers.
  • Loyal Citizens of Pyongyang in Seoul – Documentary uncovering the truth behind the lies of north Korean ‘defectors’.
  • The Man with the Hat – Accompanied by intimate interviews, it follows the life of Seán Garland, member of the Workers’ Party & OIRA, against the backdrop of enormous shifts in Ireland and the world.
  • My Brothers and Sisters in the North – A Korean woman from the south visits the north for the first time and observes ordinary life there.
  • NATO Targets – Yugoslavia – Gloria La Riva reveals how the “humanitarian intervention” in Yugoslavia by the Western powers actually created a humanitarian crisis, devastating innocent lives and destroying the federation for the sake of imperialist interests. 
  • No Go! – Docudrama following the IRA in Derry in the early ’70s, focusing particularly on the recent split.
  • On Company Business: The CIA – The disturbing history of imperialist America’s Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 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 Patriot Game – Documentary following the Irish Republican Army’s struggle in the 1960s/70s. 
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez when go tobann a coup from the US-backed right-wing opposition is launched.
  • 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?”
  • Sankara: The Upright Man – Documentary on the life of Thomas Sankara, the inspiring socialist leader of Burkina Faso.
  • System Error – Examines the 2008 financial crisis, as well as the general contradictions of today’s capitalist economy.
  • The True Cost – A documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.
  • 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.
  • Unquiet Graves – The story of how victim’s campaigns uncovered collusion of the highest level between loyalist murder gangs and the British state.
  • The Wanted 18 – In the midst of the First Intifada, some Palestinians set up a dairy collective. Israeli forces deem their eighteen cows as a threat to national security.
  • The Weight of Chains – Following the defeat of socialism in Yugoslavia, the imperialist powers invaded and broke up the federation in order to create neo-colonies for the West.
  • The Weight of Chains 2 – Serbian filmmaker Boris Malagurski reveals how neoliberal reforms following Western intervention destroyed the nations of former Yugoslavia.
  • How Yukong Moved the Mountains – An extended documentary shot in China during the Cultural Revolution in the early ’70s. French filmmakers show how drastically Chinese society has changed, demonstrating the massive strides taken under socialism as well as the challenges involved.

Fiction/Theatre

  • The Good Person of Szechwan – Bertolt Brecht
    A play depicting the struggle of being a good person within 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.
  • A Tempest – Aimé Césaire
    Short play adapting Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ through a radical lens.
  • 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.
  • Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg
    A landmark piece about sexuality and gender, this novel explores what it means to be queer in an oppressive capitalist society.
  • 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.
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
    This absurdist anti-war novel is the birthplace of Milo Minderbinder, the most influential capitalist caricature in American literature.
  • 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 depicts the experience of working-class Dubliners during 1916.
  • How the Steel Was Tempered (Pt. 1 & 2) – Nikolai Ostrovsky
    An epic of socialist realism, semi-autobiographical, charting the course of the Russian Revolution over a decade from the perspective of a young man.
  • John Bull’s Other Island – George Bernard Shaw 
    An amusing play about an English liberal and his Irish colleague investing in a small Irish village. 
  • 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
    This 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.