Marx’s Critique of Political Economy

Anarchists have significant differences with Karl Marx and many marxists, (especially of the leninist tradition) in both theory and organisation. However, Bakunin and many other Anarchists recognised the contribution of Marx in his ‘Critique of Political Economy’. It is a tool of the working class to critique capitalism, and to analyse class composition for future struggles. Here are the pdfs available of his major works, (Michael Heinrich’s introduction is a good place to start):

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Capital – (Penguin Classics) Volume II

Capital – (Penguin Classics) Volume III

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Capital-Volume-II

Capital-Volume-III

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Theories of Surplus Value – karl Marx

Anti-Colonialism and Black Liberation

In the struggle against Capitalism, church and state, colonialism and racism are essential in maintaining class hierarchies. Racism is used by these bourgeois institutions as a social control mechanism. This divides the working class and proletariat along lines of skin colour, with the supposed civilisational hierarchies of the European elites. Today people of colour and indigenous people remain largely margininalised and poor in the Global North and the Global South. The concept of whiteness itself, is based on false cultural and class unity of European people. Here are some useful pdfs on this struggle:

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[Frantz_Fanon]_A_Dying_Colonialism(BookZZ.org)[1][Frantz_Fanon]_Black_Skin,_White_Masks_(Pluto_Clas(BookZZ.org)[1]

[Frantz_Fanon]_Toward_the_African_Revolution(BookZZ.org)[1]

Anarchism and the Black Revolution – Lorenzo komboa Ervin

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Detroit I do mind dying – Dan Georgakas & Marvin Surkin

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TheSoulsofBlackFolk DuBois

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Women, Feminism and Sexuality

In the struggle against the bourgeoisie, it is essential to address the power relations and imbalances between genders and sexualities. Under Capitalism, the Patriarchal family serves an important role in reproducing wage labour and providing emotional labour. This is essential to the reproduction of the nuclear family and the maintenance of the workers ability to perform paid labour. Here are some good texts on socialist feminism and sexuality, from both Marxist and Anarchist perspectives:

Ackelsberg – Free Women of Spain – Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women

Caliban and the Witch

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Dalla Costa and Selma James – Women and the Subversion of the Community

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Nina Power – One Dimensional Woman

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Foucault_Michel_The_History_of_Sexuality_1_An_Introduction.pdf

Australian class and labour history

Here are some documents on the Australian labour movement and class history. These help us both in knowing where we are now, where we have come from and where we are going as a class.

R W Connell & T H Irving Class Structure in Australian History preface & 1-264 part 1

R W Connell & T H Irving Class Structure In Australian History pg 264-525 part 2

The Eureaka Stockade – Raffaello Carboni

Ian Turner, In Union Is Strength, A history of Trade Unions 20161205_12304807

Leonie Sandercook new ch 10 in Ian Turner In Union Is Strength

Gordon Childe – How Labour Governs

Gordon V Childe, How Labour Governs

Verity Burgmann Revolutionary Industrial Unionism, IWW in Au

Sydney’s Burning – Ian Turner

Queensland Mt Isa Miners strike – Solidarity

Frank Stilwell The Accord and Beyond

Australia in Accord edited by and with Various authors

Peter Kropotkin’s writings

Here are the writings of the great communist anarchist Peter Kropotkin. They have inspired many generations of people seeking freedom from tyranny. Ak press have a good anthology, called ‘Direct Struggle Against Capital‘, (https://libcom.org/library/direct-struggle-against-capital-peter-kropotkin-anthology), also well worth a read. ‘The Conquest of Bread‘, ‘Words Of A Rebel‘ and ‘Revolutionary Pamphlets‘ are a great place to start:

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Peter Kropotkin – Words of a Rebel

Kropotkin – Kropotkin’s Revolutionary Pamphlets – A Collection of Writings by Peter Kropotkin

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Peter Kropotkin – In Russian and French Prisons

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Errico Malatesta’s writings

Here are the writings of the strategist and tactician, Errico Malatesta. A friend of Bakunin in his youth and a theorist in his own right. His writing has inspired many generations of Anarchists, being particularly good for popular agitation:

Errico Malatesta The Method of Freedom reader

Malatesta – Life and Ideas

Malatesta – The Anarchist Revolution

Errico Malatesta – Fra Contadini

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Errico Malatesta – Vote what for

Mikhail Bakunin’s writings

Here are the writings of Mikhail Bakunin. He was the founder of the international anarchist movement during the first socialist international. Bakunin’s writings are foundational in terms of anarchist thinking concerning organisation, critique and strategy:

Michael Bakunin – Selected Writings

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Guy Aldred – Bakunin’s Writings

Bakunin – God and the State

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Bakunin on Anarchy (1971)

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Mikhail Bakunin – Statism and Anarchy