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May 24 2010 01:58
What Are You Reading?

I'm roughly halfway through "The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir. Generally I prefer lighter reading!

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May 24 2010 04:42

Re-reading 'Punching Out and other writings' - Martin Glaberman

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May 24 2010 06:12

I'm also reading "Punching Out" right now, as well as a short Henri Simon book called "Poland 1980-82: Class Struggle and the Crisis of Capitalism", which is quite good. Part of it is in the library here .

Oh, and very very slowly working my way through Capital.

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May 24 2010 07:53

I heard the Martin Glaberman book was really good.

I have just finished reading Arif Dirlik - Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution and now I am reading Roland Barthes - Mythologies. I am also in the middle of the Rebel Alliances book by Benjamin Franks.

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May 24 2010 08:25

Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne

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May 24 2010 10:40

Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

for toilet reading currently going through capitalist realism by mark fisher and christian marazzi's violence of financial capitalism

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May 24 2010 13:49

Endnotes and A History of Capitalism (1500-2000) by Michel Beaud.

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May 24 2010 13:57

I'm reading Roland Simon, Théorie du communisme vol1, Fondements critiques d'une théorie de la révolution : au-delà de l'affirmation du prolétariat
it's interesting but I doubt that it has been translated...

if you're looking for fiction I recommend Harry Crews, it's quite good.

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May 24 2010 14:07

George Leggett; The Cheka Lenin's Political Police.. Very anti-bolshevik and anti communist but still informative on the Cheka

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May 24 2010 14:19

i've got the ICC's communist organizations on the nighttable. but i have first to get through economics for the rest of us by moshe adler and various encyclopedia articles about 13th century england because i just saw robin hood and don't know what was going on.

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May 24 2010 17:05

In my free time I am reading Out of the Night by Jan Valtin. It is an autbiography of a german sailor who is focused on his life between 1918 till1940. An incredibely interesting reading. I strongly recommend it to anyone. It talks about the organisation of 1923 revolutionary initiativeunder the directives of comintern, its failure and many other things in a rather humorous and "from the below" perspective.

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May 24 2010 18:54

"The Dialectical Biologist" by Levins/Lewontin. It's fairly interesting, albeit flawed in places.

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May 24 2010 20:36
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In my free time I am reading Out of the Night by Jan Valtin. It is an autbiography of a german sailor who is focused on his life between 1918 till1940. An incredibely interesting reading. I strongly recommend it to anyone.

so do I. this book is amazing.

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May 24 2010 20:53

i find it so hard to sit down and read a book these days

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May 24 2010 21:19

Ron Numbers: 'science and christianity in pulpit and pew'
Ullica Segerstrale: 'defenders of the truth'

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May 24 2010 22:24

Various half-read things that may never be completed:
Jean Malaquais 'World Without Visa'
an Iain Banks scifi
ICC 'Communist organisations and class consciousness'
a few articles on Greece

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May 24 2010 22:40

Currently in the middle of Althusser's Marxism and Humanism, and am also at the end of Introduction to Civil War by Tiqqun.

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May 24 2010 23:17

'The enemy within: pit villages and the miners' strike of 1984-85' edited by Raphael Samuel, Barbara Bloomfield and Guy Boanas. Also been (very slowly) reading 'The Idiot' by Dostoevsky.

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May 24 2010 23:49

Endnotes #2; Kim Moody, "An Injury to All"; Robin Blackburn, "The Making of New World Slavery"

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May 25 2010 00:54
revol68 wrote:
Althusser is the shittest writer i've ever read, there's more lyrical prose in a TV manual.

You'll find no argument from me here.

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May 25 2010 01:49

Game of Thrones. Usually don't read fantasy, but that one is pretty good.

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May 25 2010 02:18
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Endnotes #2

I didn't realise that was out, what is in it (presumably Endnotes' own positions)?

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May 25 2010 02:29
Spaßmaschine wrote:
s keil wrote:
Endnotes #2

I didn't realise that was out, what is in it (presumably Endnotes' own positions)?

It's printed, I'm not sure when they are gonna distro it though. And yeah it is Endnotes' positions. I just started #2, but the chapters are Crisis in the Class Relation, Misery and Debt, Notes on the New Housing Question, Communisation and Value-Form Theory, The Moving Contradiction, The History of Subsumption, and Sleep-Worker's Enquiry.

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May 25 2010 02:43

is there an online version of Endnotes no.2?

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May 25 2010 03:41
s keil wrote:
It's printed, I'm not sure when they are gonna distro it though. And yeah it is Endnotes' positions. I just started #2, but the chapters are Crisis in the Class Relation, Misery and Debt, Notes on the New Housing Question, Communisation and Value-Form Theory, The Moving Contradiction, The History of Subsumption, and Sleep-Worker's Enquiry.

Thanks, I'll shoot them an email. Mikail, I think last time they posted endnotes 1 online about 6 months-1 year after printing, so probably not for a while.

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May 25 2010 07:37

Paul Meier's 'William Morris, Marxist Dreamer' (originally La pensee utopique de William Morris, 1972). Two volume defence of Morris as a marxist and not a 'sentimental socialist', extremely thorough and well written. Only flaw is the occasional reference to the existing 'socialist countries'......

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May 25 2010 10:38

I've almost finished Colletti's From Rousseau to Lenin. It's a collection of essays in political philosophy. In two of them, he formulates quite an interesting critique of 2nd International Marxism (Kautsky, Plekhanov, and Bernstein). Strongly recommended to anyone interested in philosophy.

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May 25 2010 13:30

Currently just started Kropotkin's The Conquest of Bread and half-way through The Uses of Disorder by Richard Sennett. Just finished Bookchin's Social Ecology and Municipalism just to see what the old man was on about at the end when he repudiated his earlier anarchism....a sad finale to an original and stimulating body of work (sounds patronising but then he could be pretty patronising too)

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May 25 2010 13:36

I'm reading a bill hicks book lol and one on political ideology.

Could anyone suggest to me further reading in these area's:
Organising,funding and implementing a revolutionary strategy
Anarcho-communist theory (aswell as practical examples)
History of anarchism
The "philosophy" of anarchism

Thanks
Viva La Revolucion

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May 25 2010 20:05
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Anarcho-communist theory (aswell as practical examples)
History of anarchism
The "philosophy" of anarchism

Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism (http://www.akpress.org/2007/items/blackflameakpress) I thought it was accessible, clear, covered loads and was all round great really.

I'm reading Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum, seems very good so far. Non-fiction I'm reading Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society, and Workers' Liberty's The Fate of the Russian Revolution, Vol.1, slowly anyway. The first is pretty refreshing and interesting, though not sure I'd agree with all conclusions. The second is, well, I find it pretty dull to be honest, but I guess it's quite good really.

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May 25 2010 20:12

I suppose the obvious one is Peter Marshall's 'Demanding the Impossible', but Clifford Harper's Anarchy - A Graphic Guide is an entertaining overview (great illustrations too) - depends what kind of depth you want to go into. On the 'philosophy' side, I'd suggest 'Anarchism' by Sean M. Sheehan - covers interesting areas including Marx, Nietzsche, alienation, cultural anarchism, anarchist aesthetics, antiglobalisation etc.....seems to be coming from a libertarian marxist position (may have misread it) but I found it thought-provoking (and action-provoking in my own small way) anyway