Recommended Theory Books

By default, we aren’t taught political theory in our classrooms in the US – unless you take economics courses, and even then, it is unlikely that you will learn about Marxist theory, unless it is to stir up fear, loathing, and a rejection of it. When I was in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, they treated the books written by ex-members in a very similar manner. We were told that even LOOKING at a book that criticized the Watchtower Society or Jehovah’s Witnesses could cause us to become possessed by demons and result in our leaving the cult.

My argument about that back then holds the same principle as does the fearmongering we’ve been subjected to by Capitalists: if what a book contains is capable of causing me to completely reject the way of life that I’d been raised to believe was the only truth that exists, it must not be true if it cannot stand up to criticism and scrutiny.

Capitalism is a death cult. They need us to believe that it’s the only way to live in order to keep the predators at the top of this pyramid scheme safely continuing to enrich themselves on the rest of our backs. If you’re ready to consider ideas beyond Capitalism, here are some books to get you started.


The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marks and Frederick Engels

Marx & Engels observations of how Capitalism works as a social order – beyond just socioeconomics – and functions in the same way past class-based societies did, by enriching a minority on the backs of the majority of us. You can read it for free online here, but I recommend getting your own paper copy, because you will likely find yourself wanting to refer back to it, and it’s easier to bookmark a paper book than a website. 🙂

The State & Revolution by V.I. Lenin

Written while in hiding, Lenin helps us understand the role of the Bourgeoisie State in the social order of humanity, the need for Proletariat Revolution, and why Social Democracy is incapable of bringing justice to the masses.

Das Kapital – Capital  – by Karl Marx

One of the foundational texts of Marxism: materialist philosophy, economics and political theory. I’ll admit I haven’t read it all yet, but I own a copy because I like to have it for reference purposes, and do intend to read it at some point.

Dialectical And Historical Materialism by Joseph Stalin 

“Dialectical materialism is the world outlook of the Marxist-Leninist party. It is called dialectical materialism because its approach to the phenomena of nature, its method of studying and apprehending them, is dialectical, while its interpretation of the phenomena of nature, its conception of these phenomena, its theory, is materialistic.Historical materialism is the extension of the principles of dialectical materialism to the study of social life, an application of the principles of dialectical materialism to the phenomena of the life of society, to the study of society and of its history.”

Can be read for free online here, along with a number of other Marxist texts.

The United Front Against Fascism (taken from Georgi Dimitrov’s address to the 7th International) 

Dimitrov gives us specific instructions on how to effectively fight Fascism.

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

A collection of essays and interviews on this matter that may just change your mind about and understanding of the carceral system of Capitalism.

Foundations of Leninism by Josef Stalin

Further exploration and application of Lenin’s revolutionary ideas.

This can be read for free, along with many other Marxist titles, at


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