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I came up with a short list of possible books for reading and discussion:

The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism by Todd May
Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin
The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem
One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse
An Essay on Liberation by Herbert Marcuse
Reading Capital Politically by Harry Cleaver
Changing Anarchism: Anarchist Theory and Practice in a Global Age by Jonathan Purkis (Editor), James Bowen (Editor)
The Clash Of Globalisations: Neo-Liberalism, The Third Way And Anti-Globalisation by Ray Kiely
Jean Baudrillard: Selected Writings by Jean Baudrillard
Twenty-First Century Anarchism : Unorthodox Ideas for a New Millennium by Jon Purkis (Editor), James Bowen (Editor)
The Assault on Culture: Utopian Currents from Lettrisme to Class War by Stewart Home

If anyone is interested in starting out with some classics:
Workers Councils by Anton Pannekoek
History and Class Consciousness by Georg Lukacs
The ABC of Anarchism by Alexander Berkman, et al.
...maybe some selections from Marx

If anyone is more interested in current events and American foreign policy:
On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Consequences of American Conquest and Carnage
by Ward Churchill
Failed States by Noam Chomsky

Finally, if we want to get historical:
Deamanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall
When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The French May Events of 1968 by Andrew Feenberg, et al.
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn

Just food for thought. All input more than welcomed, I insist on it!


I just recently joined as I was looking for an active radical/revolutionary reading group. It was suggested to me that I be a co-moderator. I have no experience in that sort of thing but I did come up with some things we might need to do to get this thing up and running:

1. Post to as many other LJ groups that have similar views and interests as possible to get members

2. Come up with some sort of statement of principles - not any strict ideology that must be adhered to, but at least some common ground that we can all stand on - membership should only be open to people whose sole purpose is to learn and constructively debate the readings. Disruptive, rude, and obviously antagonistic troll-types should be barred from joining, as should people who blatantly disagree with the principles of the group.

3. Encourage members to submit suggested readings which will then be voted on by all members

4. Establish the reading list and set dates by which the readings should be completed so that active, democratic, creative discussions can then be held

That's all I can think of so far.
a recent discussion in another community concerning the relation between religion and contemporary revolutionary theory/practice raised some interesting points on an individual's responibility as an accomplice in their own alienation. More specifically these concerned the personal choice of deluding oneself with religion. Ive read Ken Knabb's pamphlet "The Realization and Suppression of Religion" which raises good points regarding this topic, does anyone know of any other contemporary works which investigate this topic?
the link is to knabb's pamphlet

This community is now taking suggestions for redaings. If anyone has any suggestions and would like to post them, feel free. Thanks.


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