Theory

Reading theory is an important part of understanding communism; some of it takes a while to digest. Reading is absolutely required to fully grasp Marxist understanding. Unfortunately, many don't have the time or resources to tackle theory.

If you're finding it difficult to read about, don’t struggle alone! This is a class struggle, not a you struggle. We can’t make community by saying “you have no excuse”. We all have excuses. Its the duty of the community to remove those excuses and barriers.

This section is dedicated to breaking down written theory into easy-to-understand concepts.

Introduction to Communist Theory

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    Topics covered: Who are the bourgeoisie and the proletariat? Why is the abolition of private property necessary? Why is the abolition of labor necessary? What are the incorrect types of socialism? What is the goal of the proletariat?
The Principles of Communism by Friedrich Engels
    Topics covered: What is communism? Who are the proletariat and how did they originate? In what way do proletarians differ from slaves and serfs? What is the course of the revolution?
Class Society and the State by Vladimir Lenin (ch. 1 from The State and Revolution)
    Topics covered: What is the nature of the State's power and how did it rise to power? How should the State ideally function? What is meant by 'smashing' the State?

Political Economy

Value, Price and Profit by Karl Marx
    Topics covered: How are the value of commodities and labor power determined? How are the price of commodities and labor power determined? Why are wages usually the lowest they can possibly be?
Wage, Labor and Capital by Karl Marx
    Topics covered: What is labor power? How are wages determined? How is wage labor exploitative? What causes division of labor?
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin
    Topics covered: What is monopoly? How do banks play a role? How does imperialism affect non-imperialist companies? How is imperialism intertwined with capitalism?