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Comrade 09/26/2017 (Tue) 03:06:05 [Preview] No. 591
Hello guys and gals, polack here. I left /pol/ due to the massive circle jerk and autism running amuck in 8ch, and I'm interested in reading some leftist literature. I tried to find Capital by Karl Marx in a local bookstore by the mall, but I failed. The closest thing to a leftist book that I could find was an autobiography by Bernie Sanders. The name of the book was something about Revolution. Can you guys recommend me some leftist literature?
www.haymarketbooks.org Take your pick! You'd have to ship them, of course, if no luck with your local book stores. I find reading writers influenced by great Leftist thinkers alongside or before reading classics like Das Capital to be extremely helpful, if for no other reason than letting more accessible language inform your ability to enjoy and analyze the classics.
Here you go, enjoy!
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Also, I assume that it's probably easy to find a pdf of anything by Karl Marx, or any leftist/anarchist literature due to the movement of free education. A quick search can find you a lot, archive.org should help too.
Thank you guys! Hopefully I'll gain a great new experience.
Profit over people, das kapital, on contradiction, Why socialism, and any book really about Che guevera or the 1917 russian revolution.
Ching chang ching buy something or get out
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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

1. Introduction: “Read Marx, not the ‘Marxists’!”:

The hardest part about reading Karl Marx is freeing the mind of all of the distortions and lies surrounding Marx’s thought. Starting with the 2nd International (and some might say, starting with Friedrich Engels), there has been a tendency to read Marx’s thought as a rigid, positivist, determinist, and mechanical doctrine. Hence the birth of “Marxism”. Let me be clear that Marx would have been appalled how his “loyal” followers bastardized his thought. Stalin and company did not help at all and in fact furthered this tendency by codifying “Marxism” into a bourgeois state ideology, one to justify the powers that be in various ways instead of being their radical critique.

It is time to discard all preconceptions of Marx, whether learned from the popular media, from teachers and professors, or from the “Marxists” of various stripes, including the Orthodox, Leninist, Stalinist, Maoist, Trotskyist, Althusserian, and Analytic varieties. It is time to read Marx for what he was and this means reading Marx down to the letter without the mediating influence of a thousand misconceptions. Only then can we truly see Marx’s thought for what it truly is: a major step towards understanding how the working class can emancipate itself and therefore emancipate humanity, as well as a guide to critiquing the abject condition of the working class under capitalism, comprehending the general inhumanity of the world we live in, seeing how the contradictions within capitalism could lead to the transcendence of capitalist society through a global working class revolution, and understanding how we might be able to live humanly as freely associated social individuals under communism, which is simply the real human community. There is no such thing as an innocent reading of any important world figure; everyone interpreting Marx has their own agenda in mind. My only hope is that you, the reader, will take the most radical of agendas, the emancipation of the working class and humanity, as well as the “ruthless criticism of all that exists” (Marx, Letter to Ruge, September 1843), and embrace it as your own.
a good resource if you need to ask questions is

https://www.reddit.com/r/marxism_101/
You can just find them on the Marxism archive.
The Unique and Its Property by Max Stirner

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