Marxism Leninism Reading List

Human Nature

The Marxian View
Vernon Venable, Meridian Books
Excellent for understanding Marxism as a whole theory of history, 
succinct and not very difficult to read.

The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx

Shlomo Avineri, Cambridge
Succinct scholarly presentation…considered a classic.



Bertell Ollman
A very creative look at Marxist concepts and 
understanding of alienation and society generally…

Marxism and Socialist Theory & Socialism Today and Tomorrow

Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel, South End
Assesses orthodox Marxism among other theories and seeks to understand and critically evaluate the post-capitalist experiences of the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba, and to present an alternative relevant to the U.S. and other industrialized countries.

Unorthodox Marxism

An Essay on Capitalism, Socialism, and Revolution 
Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel, South End
Presents Marxist economic theory and analysis of capitalism, socialism, and revolution and offers a councilist critique including a new view of socialist revolution consistent with modern circumstances. “Albert and Hahnel…have produced a penetrating work that merits careful attention and study.” —Noam Chomsky

Reform or Revolution / The Mass Strike

Rosa Luxembourg
Two classics, available online…

Marxism & Native Americans
ed. Ward Churchill, South End
In a unique format of intellectual challenge and counter-challenge prominent Native Americans and Marxists debate the viability of Marxism and the prevalence of ethnocentric bias in politics, culture, and social theory. The authors examine the status of Western notions of “progress” and “development” in the context of the practical realities faced by American Indians in their ongoing struggle for justice and self-determination. This dialogue offers critical insights into the nature of ecological awareness and dialectics and into the possibility of constructing a social theory that can bridge cultural boundaries.

What Is To Be Undone

Michael Albert
A look at various ideologies and methodologies, strategy and tactics. This book is online, on ZNet.



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