Friday, October 3, 2008

The Classics of Marxism-Leninism

Communists often encourage those who are new to Marxism-Leninism to read a very large number of books, pamphlets and other documents. This can cause a problem, because many beginners simply become overwhelmed by a very large list of readings. This might make them choose to not read any of the Marxist-Leninist classics at all. Therefore, it is necessary to offer a streamlined list of the most essential classics for those who are new to read.

Here is a list of the most essential writings by Marx, Engels, Lenin and others:

The Communist Manifesto – Marx and Engels

Wages Labor and Capital – Marx

On Authority – Engels

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific – Engels

What is to be Done?: Burning Questions of Our Movement – Lenin

The Attitude of the Workers’ Party to Religion – Lenin

The Rights of Nations to Self-Determination – Lenin

Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism – Lenin

The State and Revolution – Lenin

"Left-Wing" Communism, An Infantile Disorder – Lenin

The Foundations of Leninism – Stalin

Report to the VII Congress – Dimitrov

Combating Liberalism – Mao

Toward Soviet America – Foster

This list can be further reduced so that the student can read one document at a time. Suggest that they start out with reading The Foundations of Leninism by Stalin. It provides a great introduction and covers all of the basics of Marxism-Leninism.

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