- Oct 25, 2017
Greetings, comrades and capitalist pigs! Great Marx's Ghost has seen to it that Reset Era has opened its doors on the same day (well according to the old calendar system anyway) that the October Revolution happened 100 years ago.
This thread is meant to be a place for comrades and enemies of the people alike to discuss socialism in all its variants* - its history, its diversity of thought, its art and aesthetics, its intersections with other movements of oppressed and exploited peoples, and so forth. Feel free to debate whether you even think it's feasible or not, though I would assume that the people posting here will primarily think the answer is "yes".
*except for "national socialism", which is not actually socialism but fascism
A quick rundown for anyone who might be confused about what constitutes "socialism" since it is a word that has been used to describe a myriad of things. For the sake of common understanding, we will define socialism here as a system in which the workers collectively own the means of production. That's it. That means there could be markets or not. A democratic government could operate everything or not. There could be no government at all - that's anarchism, which is a form of socialism (except for the "anarcho-capitalists"). It is a very broad ideology which is why so many socialists seem to stick icepicks in each others' heads.
Lastly please remember that proper socialism requires one to be ruthlessly critical of all that exists, and that includes yourself. Criticism and self criticism are key to advancing your political beliefs.
With that said, we will now proceed to construct the Socialist Era.
I've tried to compile a list here that represents material that is friendly to new socialists or people interested in the ideology and which is largely reflective of the ongoing movement. There exist very many classic works of socialist thought but it would be an endless list if I tried to compile them here. If you have any suggestions for additions, please let me know, especially since there are so many different socialist tendencies.
The ABCs of Socialism - An introductory book/pdf made by Jacobin
Socialism101 - Introductory site compiled by r/communism, so it has a Marxist-Leninist bent
The Marxist Internet Archive - Repository of historical Marxist writings
Black Socialists of America - Resource guide from the BSA, wide variety!
SITES AND MAGAZINES
Jacobin - Probably the most popular general socialist magazine currently
Catalyst - Jacobin's sister magazine
In Defense of Marxism - Official page of the ISO, one of the larger Trotskyist organizations
The North Star - Socialist site with North American focus
Counterpunch - Self proclaimed radical muckraking magazine
Libcom - Anarchist/libertarian communist site
Monthly Review - Socialist magazine
International Socialist Review - now defunct, but with plenty of articles to peruse
The Morning Star - British socialist newspaper
Climate & Capitalism - Eco-socialist articles
Green Left Weekly - Eco-socialist articles, incuding contributions by Lafiel
Socialist Economist - Economics weekly
The Next Recession - Economics blog by Michael Roberts
https://m.youtube.com/user/RichardDWolff - Marxist economist Richard Wolff
https://m.youtube.com/user/readingcapital - Reading Marx's Capital with David Harvey
And too many videos of Slavoj Zizek sniffing and scratching to count
Special thanks to Pekola for the banner.