“Don’t Read Marx” — How To Make Revolutionary Theory Accessible

Pretty jealous, my tweets only blow up this much when they’re about public transportation.
Also I have this tattoo, which hilariously is often misidentified as “Santa Claus.”
Is this Marx or a problem with an algebra test?
From “Black Jacobins” by C.L.R. James. I’m imagining Toussaint Louverture tweeting “You don’t need to read Marx to kill plantation owners.”
Imagine the cramps this dude would have gotten if he had to hold up the brick that is Capital Vol. 1 like this.
  • Michael Roberts looks at the ideas of Marx primarily through contrasting them with other economic schools of thoughts (Keynesian, neoclassical, etc.) and applying them to current events. His blog The Next Recession is full of lots of good short posts that could be used in reading groups and his book The Long Depression could be used for a longer read.
  • J.W. Mason is a professor at a major hub for heterodox economics, John Jay College in NYC, and he has written 14 articles for Jacobin that are all good fairly short reads, my go-to being “Socialize Finance.” He also has his own blog.
  • As well as an astounding 76 articles for Jacobin, Nicole Aschoff is also the author of the book New Prophets of Capital which is a go-to recommendation for me because of its clear short description of modern capitalists that most of us are familiar with.
  • If you’ve been curious what the whole “MMT” thing is or just how the Federal Reserve and banks work, there are few better writers than Nathan Tankus, whose illuminating blog posts make great reads for any reading group.
  • Another MMT person everyone should check out is Stephanie Kelton, former Bernie Sanders advisor and author of the new book The Deficit Myth which provides the most accessible description of MMT I have yet seen.
  • Is your reading group really intent on learning about Marx and his ideas? They can get that without reading “Capital” itself! There are many summaries of Marx’s ideas, such as Peter Singer’s “A Very Short Introduction” and my comrade Ramsin Canon’s article “What It Means to Be a Marxist.” There are also great ways to learn about the man himself like Corinne Maier’s graphic novel or the film The Young Karl Marx which is FREE.
  • And speaking of graphic novels, Kate Evan’s Red Rosa does a fantastic job of not only telling the story of Rosa Luxemburg but describing her and Marx’s ideas about capitalism in an accessible way.

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Feminist socialist writer fighting for econ justice. Views do not represent my firm, DSA, or my cats, who are sadly both ultra leftists.

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