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Post by GF on Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:02 am

Post resources for Socialist-Nationalists here. Whether they be books, links, videos, or anything else, if it's educational for Socialists, post it!

Here are some books, Celtiberian recommended to me:

Das Kapital volumes I-III by Karl Marx
Against Capitalism by David Schweickart
The ABC's of Political Economy: A Modern Approach by Robin Hahnel
The Labor-Managed Economy by Jaroslav Vanek
The Limits to Capital by David Harvey
Self-Governing Socialism by Branko Horvat
Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order by Baran & Sweezy
After Capitalism: From Managerialism to Workplace Democracy by Seymour Melman
Economics: Marxian versus Neoclassical by Wolff & Resnick
A Preface to Economic Democracy by Robert Alan Dahl
What is Property?: An Inquiry Into the Principle of Right and of Government by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Socialism after Hayek by Theodore Burczak
Self-ownership, Freedom, and Equality by G. A. Cohen
Economic Democracy: The Working Class Alternative to Capitalism by Allan Engler



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Post by Red & White on Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:29 pm

Some socialist fiction:

Robert Tressell - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3608/3608-h/3608-h.htm

Jack London - The Iron Heel:

http://www.jacklondons.net/writings/IronHeel/toc.html
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Post by GF on Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:55 pm

The Law of Value Series:



























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Re: Socialist Resources

Post by Isakenaz on Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:59 am

A Crisis of Capitalism' (David Harvey)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOP2V_np2c0&feature=player_embedded#!
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Post by godlessnorth on Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:14 pm

Awesome. Thanks, guys.
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Re: Socialist Resources

Post by GF on Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:49 pm

The Collected Works of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon:

Proudhon's Collected Works

The Collected Works of Mikhail Bakunin:

Mikhail Bakunin's Collected Works

The Conquest of Bread - Peter Kropotkin:

The Conquest of Bread


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Post by Bladridigan on Fri May 20, 2011 7:58 am

Where is the best place for buying these texts, the ones that cannot be read on the internet?
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Post by GF on Fri May 20, 2011 5:12 pm

Bladridigan wrote:Where is the best place for buying these texts, the ones that cannot be read on the internet?

The best place to buy them? I don't really know if there's a best place to buy them. I suppose if you can find a Socialist-Nationalist bookstore that would be the best place to buy them, but the chances of that are 0 as far as I know. I find that regular bookstores provide a very limited amount of Socialist literature, so you probably won't find any of these there. I guess online would be the best place to buy them.

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Post by GF on Sat May 28, 2011 11:49 pm

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Post by GF on Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:45 am

A Note of Apperciation from the Rich

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Post by Bladridigan on Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:54 pm

Can anyone list some books about the connection between capitalism and globalization, that between socialism and democracy, and between capitalism and the current ecological and energy crisis?

Also, someone please define syndicalism, I see this word all over this forum and I'm probably the only person who doesn't know what it means; if you know of a good introduction to the subject, be sure to tell me.

I would also like to read a good history of the Industrial Revolution.

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Re: Socialist Resources

Post by Celtiberian on Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:06 pm

Bladridigan wrote:Can anyone list some books about the relation between capitalism and globalization, the relation between socialism and democracy, and the relation between capitalism and the current ecological and energy crisis?

Also, please define syndicalism, I see this word all over this forum and I'm probably the only person who doesn't know what it means; if you know of a good introduction to the subject, be sure to tell me.

EDIT: I would also like to read a good history of the Industrial Revolution.

I recommend the following titles for the subjects you're interested in:

CAPITALISM & GLOBALIZATION

Panic Rules!: Everything You Need to Know about the Global Economy by Robin Hahnel

On Imperialist Globalization by Fidel Castro

Low-Wage Capitalism: Colossus with Feet of Clay by Fred Goldstein

High Tech, Low Pay: A Marxist Analysis of the Changing Character of the Working Class by Marcy & Goldstein


CAPITALISM & ECOLOGY

Ecology Against Capitalism by John Bellamy Foster

The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth by Foster, Clark, & York

Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Christopher Williams


SOCIALISM & DEMOCRACY

A Preface to Economic Democracy by Robert Alan Dahl

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
*This is basically an analysis of bourgeois "democracy"*


THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi

The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels

The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation by Michael Perelman

The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. Thompson

To answer your final question, broadly speaking, syndicalism is a form of revolutionary socialism which is based upon direct worker control of the means of production—unlike other forms of socialism, which involve state control of the means of production. There are basically two forms of syndicalism: market and participatory. For a good introduction of the former, read Jaroslav Vanek's The Labor-Managed Economy; and of the latter, read Michael Albert's Parecon: Life After Capitalism. The most popular variant of syndicalism today is anarcho-syndicalism, but one needn't reject the nation to be a syndicalist.


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Post by Isakenaz on Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:03 am

http://jacobinmag.com/blog/

Some excellant articles. Well worth a look at the blog and the Magazine.
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Post by Celtiberian on Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:43 am

Simon Clarke's Marx, Marginalism, and Modern Sociology offers an excellent Marxian critique of contemporary sociology and economics.

From the preface (pp. VIII-IX):

I originally wrote this book because I felt that it was important to take liberal social theory more seriously than did the 'radical' social thought of the 1970s. The main aim of the book was to develop a Marxist critique of liberal social theory, which could identify both the scientific strengths and the ideological limitations of such theories. The book was well received, but critical responses made it apparent that the central argument had not been widely understood, particularly by those who could only read Marx through the eyes of his orthodox interpreters, and so missed the distinctiveness of the interpretation of Marx presented here. The book was also read as an historical study, because it did not include an explicit discussion of the liberal foundations of contemporary economic and social theory, ending with the marginalist revolution in economics and Weber’s sociology. Since the book was originally published the intellectual landscape has changed dramatically. An uncritical return to liberal social theory has replaced its uncritical rejection, while the collapse of state socialism, in both East and West, has inspired the proclamation of the 'death of Marxism'. I believe that these changes have made the argument developed in this book more, and not less, relevant than when it was first written. There is no better testimony to the inadequacy of the orthodox Marxist and radical critiques of liberal social theory than the recent resurgence of liberalism. The development of a theoretically sound critique is all the more urgent as liberalism once more comes up against its limits.

The recent strength of liberalism has owed much more to its critique of the theory and practice of Orthodox Marxism than it has to its own positive virtues. Despite the 'death of Marxism', the inhumanity of capitalism is as evident today as it was when Marx wrote. The central theme of this book is that nobody more clearly grasped the source of this inhumanity, and the possibility of its overcoming, than did Marx. But at the same time we have to recognise the limits of Marx’s achievement. Marx laid the foundations of a critical social theory but, contrary to Marxist orthodoxy, he did not provide an all-encompassing worldview. Marx marked out a critical project, which was to understand and to transform society from the standpoint of the activity and aspirations of concrete human individuals. Marx’s critique of liberalism sought to recover, both in theory and in practice, the constitutive role of human subjectivity behind the immediacy of objective and constraining social relations within which our social identity confronts us in the form of an external thing. This insight is as much a critique of the metaphysics of orthodox Marxism as it is of liberalism, a critique which I have sought to bring out in this second edition of the book.

Although the central argument of the book is unchanged in this edition, the miracles of modern technology have made it it possible substantially to revise and expand the text. The main additions are in Chapter Three and at the beginning of Chapter Four, where I have related my interpretation of Marx to those which dominate the secondary literature, and the additional Chapters Seven and Nine, which sketch the implications of the critique of marginalism and of Weberian sociology for the critique of modern economics, orthodox Marxism and modern sociology. As with the original edition, I have tried to write the book in such away that each chapter can be read independently of the whole.
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Post by Bladridigan on Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:39 am

I was wondering if anyone here could recommend some titles about the revolutions in Cuba/China/Vietnam/Korea, and in other peripheral nations. Also, I would like to know the precise meaning of proletarian internationalism, so as to determine whether or not it is compatible with our socialist-nationalism.

Another thing I'd like to learn about is the general history of the USSR, there have been dozens of "grand historical epics" written about the Third Reich, but I'm having trouble choosing from among the 'big books' on the history of the USSR.

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Post by GF on Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:53 am

Bladridigan wrote:I was wondering if anyone here could recommend some titles about the revolutions in Cuba/China/Vietnam/Korea, and in other peripheral nations. Also, I would like to know the precise meaning of proletarian internationalism, so as to determine whether or not it is compatible with our socialist-nationalism.

Another thing I'd like to learn about is the general history of the USSR, there have been dozens of "grand historical epics" written about the Third Reich, but I'm having trouble choosing from among the 'big books' on the history of the USSR.

On proletarian internationalism, essentially it's saying the workers of the world should unite to overthrow capitalism, which I find compatible with my nationalism.

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Post by Celtiberian on Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:16 pm

Bladridigan wrote:I was wondering if anyone here could recommend some titles about the revolutions in Cuba/China/Vietnam/Korea, and in other peripheral nations. Also, I would like to know the precise meaning of proletarian internationalism, so as to determine whether or not it is compatible with our socialist-nationalism.

Another thing I'd like to learn about is the general history of the USSR, there have been dozens of "grand historical epics" written about the Third Reich, but I'm having trouble choosing from among the 'big books' on the history of the USSR.

Aviva Chomsky has a book on the Cuban Revolution entitled A History of the Cuban Revolution, though I haven't read it yet, so I cannot comment as to the quality of the work. Regarding the Vietnamese Revolution, Walden Bello released a book called Down with Colonialism!, which includes several works by Ho Chi Minh. From a military perspective, General Vo Nguyen Giap wrote a book on the Vietnam War, entitled How We Won the War, which is pretty self-explanatory. I'm not aware of any decent books on the Korean Revolution, unfortunately. On China, I've heard Mao Zedong's On Practice and Contradiction is quite good (Verso released an edition edited by Slavoj Žižek).

Beware of the books written about the Soviet Union. Mainstream Soviet historians like Richard Pipes, Robert Service, et al. are anti-communist partisans who write from a very biased perspective. A few decent works on the subject are:

Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Keeran & Kenny

Heroic Struggle, Bitter Defeat: Factors Contributing to the Dismantling of the Socialist State in the Soviet Union by Bahman Azad

Farm to Factory: A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution by Robert C. Allen
*A very important historical analysis of the Soviet economy*

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Post by Bladridigan on Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:57 pm

Can anyone recommend a title on how capitalism leads to cultural degradation? I basically already know the answer to that, but I'd like to beat the subject to death before moving ahead.

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Post by Celtiberian on Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:45 pm

Bladridigan wrote:Can anyone recommend a title on how capitalism leads to cultural degradation? I basically already know the answer to that, but I'd like to beat the subject to death before moving ahead.

Unfortunately, very few socialist scholars have taken the time to thoroughly analyze capitalism's role in affecting cultural degradation. The few who have, have tended to do so employing flawed methodologies, such as Freudian psychoanalysis, and have therefore frequently reached inaccurate conclusions.

Though not from a socialist perspective, Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations is an okay book on the subject (but Lasch's thesis is also wrong in various crucial aspects as well). And, while somewhat dated, there's this excellent article from the Marxist social critic, Harvey Swados, which I think you'll appreciate as much as I did:

A NOTE ON THE WORKER'S CULTURAL DEGRADATION
by Harvey Swados

Those of us who persist in clinging to certain archaic notions about the human degradation attendant upon capitalism, and who in consequence cannot shake off the suspicion that this might be a better world with the arrival of something we call socialism, are often taxed with the lack of foresight of Karl Marx. Not only is Marx held posthumously accountable for all the crimes committed in his name or in the name of socialism—from the Stalinist slave-labor camps to the Socialist management of imperialist pacification in Algeria—but he is also charged with having failed to foresee that capitalism would be able to provide not less and less, but more and more and more of the good things of life for its proletariat. It is true that in recent months these sardonic cries have become somewhat muted, as the unemployed are once again arrested for stealing food and display other signs of reluctance to proceed quietly from overemployment to home relief; but still the claim is made that the working class under capitalism (especially in Magic America), far from being increasingly exploited and degraded, is living at least as well as anyone else in the world, if not better.

Well, what about it? Are we to deny that the packing-house worker and the auto worker can and do buy color television, three-taillight automobiles and Chris Crafts to go with their fishing licenses? And if we admit it, shouldn’t we also admit that capitalism is after all capable of satisfying all the wants of the underlying population, allowing for occasional recessions?

I for one do not think so. I for one think that the working class is not having its basic emotional wants and psychological needs satisfied. I for one think that the working class—regardless of whether it is envied by other proletarians who would like to drive cars instead of bicycles, or who would like to ride bicycles instead of walking—is being cheated, swindled, and degraded as ferociously as ever its English counterparts were a century ago when Marx and Engels were anatomizing them. The fact that it may not be aware of its exploitation does not alter the reality of its situation. The fact that, even with an appreciable portion of it presently subsisting on unemployment insurance, its material status is still light years ahead of its European (to say nothing of its Asian or African) counterparts, is relevant only as it sheds a little light on the potential of plenty that would be available to all mankind if industrialization and the accumulation of capital were to take place at a rational pace on a world-wide basis.

Consider the condition, say, of the Chicago slaughterhouse worker at the turn of the century. Upton Sinclair railed magnificently, and with ultimately telling effect, not only at the economic subjugation of workers forced to toil sixty and seventy hours a week for a pittance, but also at the conditions under which they worked, at what they had to do for a living, and at how they were ruthlessly cleaned out in the saloons when the long day’s work was done. It was his contention that the workers were being degraded and enslaved not only during their working hours, but afterward as well, when they turned to the consolation of booze to help them forget how they were spending their lives.

Let us grant at once that these workers are no longer forced to toil (not even the moonlighters) sixty and seventy hours a week. Let us grant at once that they are paid much more for working much less than they did at the turn of the century, and that, thanks to their union, their conditions of employment have been immeasurably improved. What they do does not seem to have altered as appreciably. Since Chicago packinghouses no longer offer public guided tours, let us note what was said very recently by one of America’s most distinguished women, who felt impelled, in her ninth decade, to address a letter to the New York Times (April 30, 1958):

‘I have been horrified within the last few weeks by learning that the old cruel way of slaughtering animals for food is still being widely used, and that still, just as in my youth, there is no law to forbid it. This is to me absolutely incomprehensible because we are not a cruel people: we do not want to eat what comes to us through pain and suffering. And yet, as I know of my own knowledge, the facts about the slaughterhouses were investigated and publicized well on to sixty years ago. . .’

Miss Edith Hamilton does not dwell in her letter on the effects of this cruel work on those hired to perform it, nor need we linger here over the question beyond observing that it is not one currently asked by those engaged in promulgating the myth of the happy worker.

As for how workers are gulled and mulcted in the hangouts which Sinclair described as traps designed to stupefy the worker, and which we today might characterize as the liquid television of half a century ago, only those who live in the dream world of official mythology imagine that they no longer fulfill the evil function they did in the days of The Jungle.

‘An armored truck [A. H. Raskin tells us in the New York Times Magazine of May 4, 1958] stood outside the unemployment insurance office in a down-at-the-heels neighborhood five minutes ride from Detroit’s glistening civic center. On the truck’s side was a sign: ‘Charge for cashing checks. Up to $50—15 cents. Over $50—20 cents.’ Two-thirds of the workers streaming out of the office thrust their checks through the slot and paid tribute to the man in the truck. . . . Inside the office the manager frowned: ‘That armored truck is violating the law, but the Cops don’t bother the owner. And the wives like it, it keeps their men out of the beer gardens to cash their checks.’

But new techniques for the inducement of oblivion have far outstripped the traditional saloon, with its check-cashing window and its soft-sell technique of simultaneously taking the worker’s money and enabling him to forget that he has just spent his day hitting screaming animals on the head, tightening bolts on auto bodies, or seeking the opportunity to find such employment. Indeed the new techniques of merchandizing both ‘leisure’ and forgetfulness have now developed to the point where they can be said to play as large a part in the degradation of the worker as does his actual employment. The English writer, Richard Hoggart, puts the matter quite succinctly in his The Uses of Literacy (Fairlawn, New Jersey, 1957):

Inhibited now from ensuring the ‘degradation’ of the masses economically, the logical processes of competitive commerce, favored from without by the whole climate of the time and from within assisted by the lack of direction, the doubts and uncertainty before their freedom of working people themselves (and maintained as much by ex-working class writers as by others), are ensuring that working people are culturally robbed. Since these processes can never rest, the holding down, the constant pressure not to work outwards and upwards, becomes a positive thing, becomes a new and stronger form of subjection; this subjection promises to be stronger than the old because the chains of cultural subordination are both easier to wear and harder to strike away than those of economic subordination. (pp. 200-201.)

What is perhaps ugliest about the whole process, however, is that competitive commerce is now meshing the chains of cultural subordination with those of economic subordination. The worker is not simply lulled into forgetfulness of his daily idiot routine by the TV western: he is simultaneously pressured into permanently mortgaging himself by acquiring the objects manufactured by the sponsors of his daily ration of opiates. The peddlers of persuasion have now developed such techniques of sophistication and grown themselves into such large-scale enterprise that they engage the talents and the creative passions of a substantial segment of young college graduates in the fields of sociology, psychology, economics, and the English language itself. They regard the worker-consumer as a manipulable object rather than as a human being with individual needs and aspirations; they address him in consequence with a cynicism that can only be described as shameless, and they exploit him culturally as ruthlessly as he was exploited economically a generation ago. Thus Dr. Ernest Dichter, president of the Institute for Motivational Research, recently informed the Sales Executives Club of New York and the Advertising Federation of America:

A year ago it was correct to advertise the purchase of air-conditioners under the slogan, ‘You deserve to sleep in comfort.’ Today, it may be psychologically more correct to shift to a moral approach, utilizing spartan, work-oriented appeals such as, ‘You can’t afford to be tired all day,’ or ‘You work better and produce more after a refreshing night.’ Dr. Dichter termed this one approach for giving the consumer ‘moral permission’ and ‘a rational justification’ for buying products that represent the ‘good life.’ . . . Motivation research’s view on price cuts, according to Dr. Dichter, is that they must be accompanied by advertisements that explain to the consumer the reasons for the change. Otherwise, ‘there is a grave danger that the consumer will become more than ever convinced that he was being cheated during a period of prosperity.’ Dr. Dichter also urged that salesmen become philosophers as well. To help dispel the sales lag, ‘he has to sell us not only a product but the desirability, the correctness of purchasing the product.’ (New York Times, March 19, 1958.)

Those who manage to accommodate themselves to a lunatic order of things have in general reacted to observations like those in the preceding paragraphs in one or a combination of the three following ways:

(1) They assert that the great virtue in our social order is that, in addition to providing the working class with the necessities and the amenities of a secure and civilized existence, it also provides the worker for the first time in history with an unparalleled variety of cultural possibilities, ranging from the great thinkers in inexpensive paper books to the great composers on inexpensive LP’s.

(2) They claim that the manufacturers of distraction are giving the public what it wants, and that if the proletarian turns in his off-hours not to Plato but to Spillane, not to Beethoven but to Alan Freed, this is no more than a reflection of the traditionally abominable taste of the masses, which preceded and will endure beyond the current American order.

(3) They point out that—if it is indeed true that we are the victims of an unremitting, concerted commercial assault on our nerves and our senses—this degrading and relentless battering affects not just the working class but all of us, and that it is therefore romantically inaccurate to single out the proletarian as the particularly exploited victim of the mass-media panderers.

All three defenses are interconnected; a response to all must start with an insistence upon the lately neglected fact that it is the man on the bottom of the heap, the man who does the dirty work, who has the fewest defenses against the unending barrage of sex and violence and the propaganda of commerce. He is the particularly exploited victim of the mass media; he is not given an honest possibility of developing an individual taste for individual works of the human imagination; he does not have the range of cultural choice available to college students, white-collar people, and middle-class citizens of the republic.

As Daniel Bell observes of the work situation itself, in his Work and Its Discontents (Boston, 1956, p. 38), ‘a tension that is enervating or debilitating can only produce wildly aggressive play, or passive, unresponsive viewing. To have ‘free time’ one needs the zest of a challenging day, not the exhaustion of a blank one. If work is a daily turn round Ixion’s wheel, can the intervening play be anything more than a restless moment before the next turn of the wheel?’

The man who leaves the packinghouse or the assembly line is neither physically nor psychically prepared to appreciate the quality paperback or the classical LP. Nor are they readily available to him in any case; the merchandisers of the mass entertainments reserve the right to restrict certain of their wares, or conversely to cram others down the gullets of their victims. It is no more accidental that the only civilized TV programs are presented on Sundays, when the average viewer is either sleeping it off or visiting relatives, than it is that the much-touted bookracks in the poorer neighborhoods are packed not with Plato but with anonymously mass-produced borderline sado-pornography.

It is not only that the mass-media exploiters are capitalizing on the cultural backwardness of the great majority of the American people. Worse: they are actively engaged in the creation of new types of subliterature (see the paperback racks), sub-music (radio and jukeboxes), and generally sub-human activities (television), which they dump on a defenseless public in saturation quantities. No demand can be said to exist for such products of greedy and distorted minds until they are first created and then reiterated to the point of nausea or numbed acceptance. In the process of production and reiteration, whatever remains of an independent, traditional working class culture—as Mr. Hoggart spells it out painstakingly in The Uses of Literacy—is gradually eroded. The middle classes and the intelligentsia can at least be said to have alternative choices for their leisure hours. Thanks to the numerical increase of the college-educated and to their steadily increasing purchasing power, the masters of mass consumption have made available to them the cultural treasures of the ages through the media of books, records, and even FM stations. But they have not been, nor will they be, addressed to the working class, to the vast inarticulate masses, who are deemed their betters to have lower tastes than the primitive Africans and Asians to whom the State Department export Marian Anderson and Louis Armstrong. What could be at once more patronizing and more bankrupt than the claim that the flood of swill daily pumped through our culture pipelines fairly represents all that the ordinary man can ever be expected to appreciate? If it is true that this capitalist society has all but wiped out economic degradation and oppression, why can it produce only consumers assertedly hungry for cultural products as degraded as those of any previous epoch of human history? The fantastic technological and scientific advances of recent years—not the singular product, we see now all too clearly, of American capitalism—do not merely call for an accompanying cultural advance, up to now unobservable among us; they will he positively insupportable without such an advanced without a new definition of the meaning of culture and of the individual human potential.

Meanwhile the fact of the apparent hunger for cultural rubbish combined with the salesman’s pitch, and theirs apparent mass acceptance, should not blind us to the basic shabbiness of the degradation and the exploitation of those who, all too unaware of what is being done to them, may even be asking for more of the same. I must turn once again to Richard Hoggart, who speaks to the point on this matter:

‘If the active minority continue to allow themselves too exclusively to think of immediate political and economic objectives, the pass will be sold, culturally, behind their backs. This is a harder problem in some way than even that which confronted their predecessors. It is harder to realize imaginatively the dangers of spiritual deterioration. Those dangers are harder to combat, like adversaries in the air, with no corporeal shapes to inspire courage and decision. These things are enjoy by the very people whom one believes to be adverse affected by them. It is easier for a few to improve material conditions of many than for a few to wake a great many from the hypnosis of immature emotion satisfactions. People in this situation have somehow be taught to help themselves.’ (Op. Cit., p. 264.)

It should not be discouraging that there are few voices like Mr. Hoggart’s on this side of the Atlantic. Surely it is better to speak late than not to speak at all, and one’s silence ensure the continuing and intensified exploitation of those least able to resist its seductive a ultimately corrupting effects. Every voice which says No is itself a demonstration of the existence of an alternative to the cultural degradation of the masses.
American Socialist, July-August 1958

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Post by Altair on Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:34 am

http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/R29H9Q8TKIS70R/ref=cm_pdp_sylt_title_2

A very helpful guide with a lengthy list of recommendations.

With the following websites it should be relatively simple to access most, if not all, of these texts in a free pdf format.

http://ebookee.org/

http://en.bookfi.org/

http://avaxhome.ws/ebooks

A special thanks to our new comrade "linbiaoiscool" for showing me this list.

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Post by Celtiberian on Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:00 am

Altair wrote:http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/R29H9Q8TKIS70R/ref=cm_pdp_sylt_title_2

A very helpful guide with a lengthy list of recommendations.

Though I adamantly disagree with him on the issue of the national question, M. A. Krul (the individual who complied the list you linked to) is, by far, one of the best reviewers on Amazon. I've been following his book reviews for a few years now and I recommend that members of the forum do likewise.

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Post by GF on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:15 pm

Can anyone recommend me a good resource for a thorough understanding of how the economy of a capitalist society works? I know Das Kapital is good, but it's a very tedious read. Anyone have any other recommendations?

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Post by Celtiberian on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:32 pm

Godfaesten wrote:Can anyone recommend me a good resource for a thorough understanding of how the economy of a capitalist society works? I know Das Kapital is good, but it's a very tedious read. Anyone have any other recommendations?

David Harvey's The Limits to Capital and Robin Hahnel's The ABC's of Political Economy: A Modern Approach are excellent works for developing an understand of how capitalism functions.

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Post by Egalitarian on Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:33 pm

This is a great thread so far. The only thing it's missing is non-socialist material.

Does anyone have any good links (amazon.ca ones) of books they recommend about general politics of other centuries...(such as Mussolini or Plato or anyone else)?

I, as always, recommend The Nazi Hydra in America: Wall Street and the Rise of the Fourth Reich.

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Post by DSN on Wed May 23, 2012 1:56 pm

Thanks to everyone who's posted here, I'll check a lot of it out when I get a second.

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