So you want to revolution


Intro to radical politics


Why Does Political Education Matter?

“no one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
― assata shakur

in today's world, the majority of our education comes from the ruling class. in our schools and in most of our institutions, we are fed ideology that legitimizes the status quo. we are not taught to question the establishment. we are percieved as childish if we dare to believe a better world is possible.

the reason for this is because everyday, we are fed ruling class ideology. this ideology is not progressive. it is not inclusive, nor is it equitable. and it most certainly doesn't serve the interests of working people. so, when i say political education, i mean am promoting a type of education grounded in the radical deconstruction of the status quo.

this type of political education is intended to serve as a counterweight to ideology of the ruling class. it's a powerful tool intended build a better world for everyday, working people across the globe. as a result, political education is a critical tool for people to understand and establish revolutionary strategy.

we need political education not only because it helps us imagine what a better world could look like, but it provides us with a concrete method for achieving a better world. and that is exactly why this carrd exists.


principles of the revolutionary left

What is A leftist?


introduction to socialism

the introduction to socialism section is comprised of articles and videos for those of you who may not feel like devoting hours out of each day trying to understand socialist theory. as you progress through the readings and videos, you may want to explore more fundamental works that will be attached below.

against anarchism

the problem of capitalism

why socialism?

introductory socialist literature

understanding the struggles of oppressed people


debunking anti-communist myths: myth vs reality


understanding marxism

intro to marxism


materialist philosophy and dialectics

"marx’s philosophy is a consummate philosophical materialism which has provided mankind, and especially the working class, with powerful instruments of knowledge." – v. lenin

literature on marxist philosophy


marxist political economy

"the doctrine of surplus-value is the corner-stone of Marx’s economic theory." – v. lenin

literature on marxian economics

pre-capitalist economies and primitive accumulation

critiquing the capitalist system

supplemental works on marxian economics


marxist political strategy & the class struggle

"the genius of marx lies in his having been the first to deduce from this the lesson world history teaches and to apply that lesson consistently. The deduction he made is the doctrine of the class struggle." – v. lenin

reform or revolution?

the revolutionary party

the worker's state

literature on marxist political theory


media


this carrd was created with accesibility in mind. this corner is for anyone who might not feel capable of dedicating immense hours reading leftist theory. below will be a series of podcasts and movies that i feel we all ought to check out!


films


podcasts



aaron's episode suggestions is a spotify playlist of various episodes put together intentionally by aaron, specifically for auditory learners!


principles


anti-capitalism

first and foremost, we are anti-capitalists.

it's important to note that we define capitalism as both a social and economic system that is based upon the private (not personal) ownership and control over property and the means of production (run on a “for-profit” basis), and a system in which the state and public institutions primarily serve to protect the rights of this form of property ownership.

this system come into being through the enslavement and genocide of black, and indigenous people of color, and the conquest of their lands. capitalism secured the resources and social organization necessary for the development and expansion of western empire. the legitimization of capitalism occurred with the illusion of a move towards “real” democracy and the promise of “equality” before the law, but in reality, this “freedom” was never actually realized for many working people.

currently, working people are required to adhere to the interests of property owners, or forsake their own means of survival. meanwhile, the ruling capitalist class have more than any other could consume over the course of a lifetime, an increasing many have less than the basics necessary for survival. additionally, the drive to consume and produce more and more for the sake of profit continues to drive environmental degradation, more frequent, more sustained, and more destructive wars of conquest, and a culture that values material things over human life and dignity.

This cannot be allowed to continue.

scientific socialism

it is critical to understand that by socialism we do not mean a more humane/regulated capitalism.

by socialism, we mean nothing less than the full restructuring of our political, economic, and cultural system towards real democracy and equality in opportunity. we mean building a social order in which both the economy and society are run democratically to meet public needs, not to make private profits for a few.

specifically, we believe in a scientific socialism, or a method for understanding and predicting social, economic and material phenomena by examining their historical trends through the use of the scientific method in order to derive probable outcomes and probable future developments.

because our socialism is scientific, our practice informs our theory. conditions change and tactics demonstrate their effectiveness or ineffectiveness. we will adjust our strategies, tactics, and ideology according to our experiences, and avoid attempting to conform to preconceived notions or left-wing tradition. this is a “dialectical” method, an ideology formed by rigorous testing in real-world conditions.

our socialism takes as its foundational principle that true freedom and equality in opportunity cannot exist alongside economic deprivation and private property, and that the structure of capitalist society contributes towards the presence or absence of these things. as a result, we believe that not only must wealth and power must be redistributed, but in addition to this, the structure of society must be fundamentally changed (revolution) so that this redistribution becomes permanent.

anti-imperialism

traditionally, the term ‘imperialism’ refers to the political and economic control/domination of one country by another. in this general sense, rome was an imperial power, as was persia and other ancient empires. however, within marxism the term ‘imperialism’ is understood as a technical term for understanding the economic and political form that capitalism has taken since the 19th century.

writing during the beginning of the first world war, lenin wrote that capitalism only became capitalist imperialism at a definitestage of its development, when certain of its fundamental characteristics began to change into something new. lenin argued that this evolution featured the destruction of free competition by monopoly capital. this process has allowed capitalism to grow into a world system of colonial oppression featuring the financial strangulation of the majority of the population of the world by a handful of 'advanced' countries. today, major corporations and financial institutions, largely located in the global north, have conglomerated and integrated to such an extent that a handful of monopolies dominate the entire international economy.

because of this drive toward monopoly, capitalism cannot be reformed into a peaceful regime. the of division of the planet between imperialist countries and the countries they controlled (ie. imperialized countries) is proof that in order for our nations to live, the capitalism-imperialist system must die.

the reality of this situation is what compels us to be anti-imperialists. this means that we must work to build the anti-imperialist coalition, materially support progressive movements in the global south, and stand in solidarity with imperialized countries who are currently suffering under the boot of western imperialism and the us empire.

proletarian feminism

proletarian feminism is the theoretical and practical development of the struggle against patriarchy from the perspective of the proletariat and revolutionary communist politics.

like other trends within feminism, proletarian feminism sees the existence of patriarchy and the need for its overthrow – the difference lies in how proletarian feminism views patriarchy theoretically, and how it mobilizes in practice for its overthrow. specifically, proletarian feminism holds that patriarchal oppression is part of class oppression, not a separate or complementary oppression, and has its root in class society as a historical fact, neither born with capitalism as a mode of production, nor merely a residual or vestigial feudal remain, but rather an intrinsic part of any class society regardless of mode of production. as such, only communism can destroy patriarchy once and for all. any attempts to separate patriarchy from class society as whole ultimately lead to strategic dead-ends for feminism.

as a result, proletarian feminism embraces revolutionary mass struggle via a socialist revolution. proletarian feminism responds to patriarchal fire with the water of socialist revolution, to bourgeois feminist theory of the graveyard with the violence of proletarian dictatorship. it supports uniting with the other progressive sections of the working class so as to ensure the seizure of state power & the transition towards a socialistic society that empowers working class women and gnc people. and holds that liberation from patriarchy entails liberation from class society – communism.

proletarian internationalism

the basis of socialism is proletarian internationalism. socialists believe that they are a part of an international community of working people (proletarians) united in their shared struggle against the forces of capitalism and imperialism.

our being internationalists does not mean that we reject the concept of nationalism in its entirety, rather it is our understanding that there is nationalism that can be either reactionary or revolutionary — and we support the latter as revolutionary nationalism has served as a powerful tool for liberating colonized people from the yoke of imperialism.

our internationalism must embrace revolutionary nationalism, so as to remain relevant for the masses of people seeking popular liberation from reactionary forces that deny them their right to self-determination. this is why we must unite our struggle with progressive national liberation struggles fighting against imperialism, settler-colonialism, and capitalism.

it is for this reason that we advocate for a proletarian internationalism that encompasses revolutionary nationalism, so as to help the global working class mobilize against empire and capital.

proletarian democracy

the establishment of socialism demands radically new systems of governance, out of our belief in the power of the people. the creation of a more just and egalitarian world order means the radical expansion of democracy which is a prerequisite for ensuring the liberation of the working class.

our opposition to liberal [capitalist] “democracy” is rooted in the fact that it does not allow the masses of people to truly change society — which means fundamentally altering property relations. Additionally, capitalist “democracy” is procedural and formal, thus lacking true participation from the masses of people it claims to represent.

true democracy can only be realized by the establishment of socialism and the creation of new political structures that ensure mass working-class participation. This model strives to ensure broad participation of constituents in the direct and operation of the political systems that affect their lives. our vision of socialism includes an inclusive and participatory conception of democracy that gives political power to working class people, thus realizing the idea of giving power to the people.

collective liberation

scientific socialists believe in the liberation of the masses of people from the evils of capitalism. however, we must refuse to reduce all political questions simply to class or race. we must understand that other axis of oppresion — race, sex, class, age, disability, religious identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, nationality — exist, interact, and compound with one another.

recognizing the reality of all forms of oppression is necessary for any truly revolutionary movement. this is why we must acknowledge the viable insights offered through the lens of an intersectional analysis. understanding the manner in which different forms of oppression interact with one another is the only way to build a truly egalitarian society that ensures collective liberation for all working class people.

ecological socialism

It’s no secret that a social and economic system built on infinitely increasing/maximizing profits can not work on a planet with finite resources. capitalism and sustainability are incompatible.

as things stand now, capitalism is set to destroy the planet. the profit motive has decimated our planet’s natural ecology. the accelerated destruction of our planet has been aggressively pursued by the capitalist class without regard for long-term sustainability, as the ruling class fails to recognize that a socioeconomic system based on infinite growth can not thrive on a planet with finite material resources.

as scientific socialists who hold the fundamental basis of reality is matter, we must recognize that humans do not exist separate from the natural world that surrounds us. this is why our socialism must also seek to reconcile humanity with the natural world around us. additionally, we ought to acknowledge that capitalism subverts humanity’s natural relationship with the natural world by privatizing and commodifying natural resources.

our conception of scientific socialism must prioritize the importance of genuine (marxist) ecology, so as to build a sustainable and flourishing social order. this ecology ought to recognize the primacy of scientific socialism as a means of solving the climate crisis, and recognize how environmental degradation is a natural consequence of imperialism, globalization, and settler-colonialism — functions of capitalism.

our ecology ought to promote a fundamental, radical transformation of human lifestyles to become in harmony with the natural world. furthermore, we must understand that this degree of harmony is only possible in a society run on an ecological, collective manner, which can only be realized through the creation of a socialist society.


resources


abolition & prison writings

Black liberation

colonialism & imperialism

  • v. lenin: Imperialism The Highest Stage of Capital

  • v. lenin: The Right of Nations to Self Determination

  • walter rodney: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

  • Eduardo Galeano: Open Veins of Latin America

  • Michael Parenti: Faces of Imperialism

  • John Munro: the anti-colonial front

  • Kwame Nkrumah: Neocolonialism The Highest Stage of Imperialism

  • Michael Parenti: Against Empire

  • Frantz Fanon: Wretched of the Earth

  • Samir Amin: Unequal Development

  • samir amin: the law of worldwide value

  • samir amin: delinking

  • samir amin: eurocentrism

  • frantz fanon: a dying colonialism by frantz fanon

  • edward w. said: culture and imperialism

  • edward said: orientalism

  • Arghiri Emmanuel: Unequal Exchange A Study of the Imperialism of Trade

  • george paul mieu: colonialism and sexuality

  • william blum: america's deadliest weapon

  • william blum: freeing the world to death

  • william blum: killing hope

  • Albert Memmi: The Colonizer & The Colonized

  • David Harvey: Spaces of Global Capitalism A Theory of Uneven Development

  • “decolonization is not a metaphor”

  • michael parenti: the logic of us intervention

  • Butch Lee and Red Rover: night visions illuminating war and class on a neocolonial terrain

  • Torkil Lauesen: The Global Perspective Reflections on Imperialism and Resistance

  • J. Sakai Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern

  • Marx and Engels: On Colonies, Industrial Monopoly and the Working Class Movement

  • Harsha Walia: Undoing Border Imperialism

  • Kelly Oliver: Carceral Humanitarianism. Logics of Refugee Detention

critical race studies

  • frantz fanon: Black Skins, White Masks

  • edward said: orientalism

  • schemes -- antiblackness and the critique of multiracialism

  • calvin l.warren: ontological terror -- blackness, nihilism, and emancipation

  • jared sexton: unbearable blackness

  • jared sexton: all black everything

  • calvin warren: black mysticism: fred moten’s phenomenology of (black) spirit

  • black aesthetic theories

  • fred moten: blackness and nothingness (mysticism in the flesh)

  • fred moten: the case of blackness

  • stefano harney & fred moten: the undercommons -- fugitive planning & black studies

  • saidiya hartman: the end of white supremacy, an american romance

  • david theo goldberg: dread: the politics of our time

  • david theo goldberg: are we all postracial yet?

  • david r. roediger: how race survived U.S. history, from settlement and slavery to the obama phenomenon

  • patrick wolfe: traces of history; elementary structures of race

  • david roediger: class, race, and marxism

  • nell irvin painter: the history of white people

  • theodore w allen: the invention of the white race volume I

  • theodore w allen: the invention of the white race volume II

  • david r. roediger the wages of whiteness

  • david r. roediger: toward the abolition of whiteness ,

  • david r. roediger: working toward whiteness

  • david r. roediger: seizing freedom, slave emancipation & liberty for all

  • karen brodkin: how jews became white folks & what that says about race in america

  • dorothy roberts: fatal invention: how science, politics, and big business re-create race in the twenty-first century

disability justice

  • robert mcruer: crip theory; cultural signs of queerness and disability

  • “the ruse of analogy:” blackness in asian american and disability studies

  • disability studies reader

  • leah lakshmi piepzna-samarasinha: care work: dreaming disability justice by leah

  • mia mingus work on ugliness

eco-socialism and marxian ecology

  • dianne d. glave: rooted in the earth

  • harriet a. washington: a terrible thing to waste

  • dorceta e. taylor: toxic communities

  • dorceta e. taylor: the environment and the people in american cities (1600s-1900s)

  • dorceta e. taylor: the rise of the american conservation movement

  • a. breeze harper: sistah vegan

  • leanna betasamosake simpson: as

  • thich nhat hanh: love letter to the earth

  • dina gilio-whitake: as long as the grass grows

  • john bellamy foster: marx ecology

  • kohei saito: karl marx’s ecosocialism. capital, nature, and the unfinished critique of political economy

  • john bellamy foster and paul burkett: marx and the earth: an anti-critique

  • martin empson: land and labour. marxism, ecology and human history

  • alfred schmidt: the concept of nature in marx

  • paul burkett: marx and nature

  • deirdre griswold: unnatural disasters

  • hannah ˙olleman: dust bowls of empire

  • andreas malm: fossil capital

  • andreas malm: how to blowup a pipeline

  • andreas malm: white skins, black fuels. the dangers of eco-fascism

fat studies

  • sabrina strings: fearing the black body: the racial origins if fat phobia

  • tressie mcmillan cottom: thick: and other essays

  • natalie boero: killer fat: media, medicine, and morals in the american "obesity epidemic"

  • kiese laymon: heavy: an american memoir

  • sonya renee taylor: the body is not an apology: the power of radical self-love

  • roxane gay: hunger: a memoir of (my) body

  • the fat studies reader

  • j. eric oliver: fat politics: the real story behind america's obesity epidemic

  • shadow on a tightrope: writings by women i'm fat oppression

  • kathleen lebesco: revolting bodies? the struggle to redefine fat identity

  • elena levy-navarro: historicizing fat in anglo-american culture

  • paul campos: the obesity myth: why america's obsession with weight is hazardous to your health

  • andrea elizabeth shaw: the embodiment of disobedience: fat black women's unruly political bodies

  • amy erdman farrell: fat shame: stigma and the body in american culture

  • jason whitesel: fat gay men: girth, mirth, and the politics of stigma

  • michelle mary lelwica: shameful bodies: religion and the culture of physical improvement

  • sander l. gilman: fat boys: a slim book

  • sander l. gilman: fat: a cultural history of obesity

socialists economics

  • the socialist calculation debate by paul cockshott

  • socialist society by emily burns

  • critique of the gotha program by karl marx

  • the economics and politics in the era of the dictatorship of the proletariat by vladimir lenin

  • Economic problems in the ussr by joseph stalin

  • A critique of economic problems in the ussr by mao

gender, sex, & sexuality

  • c. riley snorton: black on both sides a racial history of trans identity

  • dwight m. mcbride: why i hate abercrombie & fitch

  • c. heike schotten: queer terror: life, death, and desire in the settler colony

  • aliyyah abdur-rahman: against the closest, black political longing and the erotics of race

  • hanne blank: straight, the surprisingly short history of heterosexuality

  • out in culture: gay, lesbian, and queer essays on popular culture

  • essex hemphill: ceremonies

  • robert f. reid-pharr: black gay man, essays

  • jeffrey q. mccune, jr.: sexual discretion, black masculinity and the politics of passing

  • e. patrick johnson: no tea, no shade; new writings in black queer studies

  • the lesbian and gay studies reader

  • rainbow solidarity: in defense of cuba

  • bell hooks: the will to change: men, masculinity, and love

  • maria lugones: heterosexualism and the colonial modern gender system

  • maria lugones: towards a decolonial feminism

  • marlon m. bailey: butch queens up in pumps: gender, performance, and ballroom culture in detroit

  • robert aldrich: colonialism and homsexuality

  • “the roots of lesbian & gay oppression: a marxist view” by bob mccubbin

  • Ryan Conrad: Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion

  • Dean Spade: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

  • afsaneh najmabadi: women with mustaches and men without beards: gender and sexual anxieties of iranian modernity

  • anne mcclintock: imperial leather: race, gender, and sexuality in the colonial conquest

  • oyèrónkẹ́ oyěwùmí: gender epistemologies in africa

  • oyèrónkẹ́ oyěwùmí: the invention of women: making african sense of western gender discourses

  • oyèrónkẹ́ oyěwùmí: african gender studies a read

  • oyèrónkẹ́ oyěwùmí: the invention of women

  • oyèrónkẹ́ oyěwùmí: what gender is motherhood?

indigenous marxism

marxist feminism

tricontinental struggle

The america's

the history of pre-colonial america

post-colonialism and revolutionary politics

Africa

colonialism, imperialism, and africa

revolutionary struggle in post-colonial africa

Asia

colonialism and imperialism in asia

revolutionary struggle in asia

the ussr

on famines in the ussr

on stalin, terror, and the purges

politics and democracy in the ussr

soviet economics

china

intro to china

mao: liberator or oppressor?

how does china work?

what is socialism with chinese characteristics?

what about chinese imperialism? how should socialists make sense of china's becoming a superpower?

cuba

intro to cuba

who was che guvera?

was fidel castro an evil despot?

what progress has cuba made? why should leftist defend cuba?

cuban history and their journey towards socialism in the wake of imperialist aggresion

The AANES & Syria

understanding the syrian civil war

intro to AANES

political economy of AANES

the dprk

intro to the dprk

why does the dprk hate the us? and what was the korean war?

massive libraries of information on the dprk

what is the dprk actually like? how does its democracy work? and how is it socialist?


About


this was created by aaron booe (@afromaterialism on twitter and @basedblackcommunist on tiktok)

the purpose of this carrd is to help other people understand that we're out of time. the climate crisis is here, fascism is at the door, and capitalism is killing us. all of which have contributed to a general sense of apathy and despair. however, my goal is not to lead you into despair.

my hope is that these readings help you that a better world is possible. and that this world can only be achieved through the adoption of a revolutionary politic.

so please read with an open mind and let this moment radicalize you! and also plz share this with others! or reach out to me if you'd like me to add or edit anything!

thanks!
aaron



Contact


hey! i really hope this carrd has been beneficial to your political education. and i am grateful that you took the time to expand your understanding of the world. i hope these resources have managed to sufficiently radicalize you. but please don't just stop there. join an org. educate. mobilize. fight. build.
we have a world to win.

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