Thursday, August 12, 2010

Course of Study (updated)

I think this is how my theoretical comments are going to go over the next year. It's fairly ambitious, not overly consistent (Kautsky to Lacan), and in no way complete. But I think it will provide me with some solace while coping with my daily life. Some of my writing might consist of more exegesis than original analysis on the subjects that I'm just trying to get a handle on (especially Capital . . . my grip of economics is very tenuous). Some of them are definitely out of order and others only list an author or movement until I figure out what specific works I want to comment on. This will be filled in as time goes by (I hope).

If you have a suggestion of something I should check out, feel free to contact me. I'm open to old and new things, regardless of whether I think I'll agree with them or not. I'm definitely missing out on some people who are influenced by Marx, but are not Marxists per se, and a lot of non-Marxist socialism, like the Utopians, Proudhon, anarchists, etc.

I can go back to being a good post-structuralist next year.

Preliminary Readings
  • Karl Marx - Wage Labor and Capital (this seems like a good prelude to Capital, since it lays out the argument that people often don't get to because of the dry and difficult early chapters)
  • Slavoj Žižek - First as Tragedy, Then as Farce (not chronological at all, but I just read it and it's giving me some ideas about the limits of industrial democracy, especially in relation to collective bargaining, unionization, and shareholder proxy voting)
Marx and Early Marxism
  • Karl Marx - Capital (this will be informed by Harry Cleaver's Reading Capital Politically & Study Guide to Capital and David Harvey's The Limits to Capital as well as his podcast lectures).
  • Karl Marx - The Poverty of Philosophy (I suppose this should be in conjunction with Proudhon's Philosophy of Poverty)
  • Karl Marx - Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
  • Karl Marx - Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy
  • Karl Marx - Critique of the Gotha Program
  • Karl Marx - The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
  • General Rules of the International Working Men's Association
Socialism and Statism
  • Mikhail Bakunin - Statism and Anarchy
  • Mikhail Bakunin - God and State
  • Karl Marx - Conspectus of Bakunin's God and State
  • Ann Robertson - The philosophical roots of the Marx-Bakunin conflict
  • Post-Fordism and Social Form: A Marxist Debate on the Post-Fordist State - Bonefeld/Holloway, Eds.
  • State and Capital: A Debate – Holloway/Picciotto, Eds.
  • The State Debate - Clarke, Ed.
  • Law and Marxism
German Social Democracy
  • Rosa Luxemburg - Reform or Revolution
  • Rosa Luxemburg - Organisational Questions of the Russian Revolution
  • Rosa Luxemburg - The Mass Strike
  • Rosa Luxemburg - Leninism or Marxism
Revisionist Social Democracy
  • Eduard Bernstein - Evolutionary Socialism
Orthodox Marxism
  • Karl Kautsky - The Economic Doctrines of Karl Marx
  • Karl Kautsky - Thomas More and His Utopia
  • Karl Kautsky - The Class Struggle
Lenin and Bolshevism
  • V.I. Lenin - What is to be Done
  • Alexandra Kollontai - The Worker's Opposition
  • G.V. Plekhanov - Materialist Conception of History
  • G.V. Plekhanov - Monist View of History
  • Evgeny Pashukanis - General Theory of Law and Marxism
  • Leon Trotsky - Results and Prospects
  • Leon Trotsky - 1905
  • Leon Trotsky - Terrorism and Communism
  • Leon Trotsky - Platform of the Joint Opposition
  • Leon Trotsky - The Third International After Lenin
  • Leon Trotsky - The Permanent Revolution
  • Leon Trotsky - The Revolution Betrayed
  • Leon Trotsky - The Stalin School of Falsification
  • Tony Cliff - Trotskyism after Trotsky
  • Tony Cliff - The Nature of Stalinist Russia
  • Tony Cliff - Rosa Luxemburg
  • Ernest Mandel - The Marxist Case For Revolution Today
  • Ernest Mandel - Trotsky's Ideas and the Soviet Union Today
  • Ernest Mandel - Trotsky's Conception of Self-Organisation and the Vanguard
  • Ernest Mandel - How to Make No Sense of Marx
  • Ernest Mandel - Social Democracy and Social Movements
  • Ernest Germain - In Defence of Leninism
  • Ernest Mandel - Rosa Luxemburg and German Social Democracy
  • Ernest Mandel - World Revolution Today
  • Ernest Mandel - The Labor Theory of Value and Monopoly Capital
  • Ernest Mandel - An Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory
  • Ernest Germain - The Theory of State Capitalism
  • Tom Novack - Understanding History
Western Marxism
  • György Lukács - What Is Orthodox Marxism
  • György Lukács -History and Class Consciousness
  • István Mészáros - Marginal Utility and Neoclassical Economics
  • István Mészáros - Marx's Theory of Alienation
  • Etienne Balibar - The Philosophy of Marx
  • Etienne Balibar - Self-Criticism
  • Etienne Balibar - On the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Council Communism
  • Anton Pannekoek - Workers Councils
  • Anton Pannekoek - Party and Working Class
  • Anton Pannekoek - General Remarks on the Question of Organisation
  • Paul Mattick - Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory
  • Paul Mattick - Bolshevism and Stalinism
  • Cajo Brendel - Proletarian Spin-off of the Russian Revolution
  • Cajo Brendel - Goodbye to the Unions! - A Controversy About Autonomous Class Struggle in Great Britiain
  • GIK - Fundamental principles of communist production and distribution
  • GIK - Origins of the Movement for Workers' Councils in Germany
  • Syliva Pankhurst - Communism and its Tactics
  • Sylvia Pankhurst - Communism vs. Reformers
  • Herman Gorter - The Lessons of the March Action
  • Herman Gorter - Why we need the Fourth Communist Workers' International
  • Herman Gorter - Open Letter to Comrade Lenin
  • Dave Graham - An Introduction to Left Communism
  • Otto Ruhle - The Fight Against Fascism Begins With the Fight Against Bolshevism
  • Otto Ruhle - The Revolution is not a Party Affair
Hegelian Marxism
  • Paresh Chattopadhyay - On Some Aspects of the Dialectic of Labor
  • Paresh Chattopadhyay -Value and Exploitation
  • Paresh Chattopadhyay - Marx on Capital's Globalization
  • Cyril Smith - Marx vs. Historical Materialism
  • Cyril Smith - Meszaros on Lenin
  • Cyril Smith - Marx's Critique of Political Philosophy
  • Cyril Smith - Karl Marx and Human Self-Creation
  • Karl Korsch - Marxism and Philosophy
  • Karl Korsch - The Present State of the Problem of Marxism and Philosophy
  • Karl Korsch - A Non-Dogmatic Approach to Marxism
  • Hiroshi Uchida - Marx's Grundrisse and Hegel's Logic
Autonomia and Associated Tendencies
  • Karl Marx - Grundrisse (all the way down here because it's so heavily associated with Negri and the Italian autonomists)
  • Antonio Negri - Marx Beyond Marx
  • Antonio Negri - Goodbye Mr. Socialism
  • Hardt & Negri - Empire
  • Nick Dyer-Witheford - Cybermarx
  • Nick Dyer-Witheford - Autonomist Marxism and the Information Society
  • Nick Dyer-Witheford - Cognitive Capital Contested
  • Selma James - The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community
  • Selma James - Sex, Race, and Class
  • Midnight Notes - Darkness at Midnight
  • Midnight Notes - Spatial Deconstruction in D.C.
  • Midnight Notes - Promissory Notes
  • Midnight Notes - Strange Victories
  • Raniero Panzien - The Capitalist Use of Machinery
  • Raniero Panzien - Surplus Value and Planning
  • Mariarosa Dalla Costa - The Door to the Garden
  • Sergio Bologna - Class Composition and the Theory of the Party at the Origins of the Workers' Council Movement
  • Sergio Bologna -Nazism and the Working Class
  • Mario Tronti - The Strategy of Refusal
  • Mario Tronti -Social Capital
  • Mario Tronti -Workers and Capital
  • Aufheben Magazine - Decadence
  • Harry Cleaver - Crisis Theory
  • Harry Cleaver - The Chiapas Uprising
  • Harry Cleaver - Kropotkin
  • Harry Cleaver - On Schoolwork
  • Paulo Virno - Between Disobedience and Exodus
  • Maurizio Lazzarato - Possibilities in the Public Sphere
  • Paulo Virno - Creating a New Public Sphere Without the State
  • Adelino Zanini - Multitude and Working Class
  • Adelino Zanini - Postfordist Lexicon
  • Matteo Pasquinelli - War Porn War Punk
  • Antonio Negri - Against Empire
  • Antonio Negri - Approximation
  • Antonio Negri - Empire and Multitude
  • Antonio Negri - Strategies of Resistance
  • Matteo Pasquinelli - Radical Machines Against Technoempire
  • Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri - Marx's Mole is Dead
  • Antonio Negri - Concept and Practice
  • Alessandro Pandolfi - Are We all Schmittians
  • Antonio Negri - Multitude and Metropolis
  • Maurizio Lazzarato - Biopolitics-Bioeconomics
  • Maurizio Lazzarato - Machines to Crystalize Time
  • Maurizio Lazzarato - A Deafening Noise
  • Paolo Virno - Republic of the Multitude
  • Antonio Negri - Grammar of the Multitude
  • Antonio Negri - Capitalist Domination and Working Class Sabotage
Johnson-Forest Tendency
  • CLR James - State Capitalism and World Revolution
  • CLR James - Notes on Dialectics
  • Raya Dunayevskaya - Socialism or Barbarism
  • Raya Dunayevskaya - Women's Liberation, Then and Now
  • Raya Dunayevskaya - The Uniqueness of Marxist Humanism
  • Raya Dunayevskaya - A restatement of some fundamentals of Marxism against 'pseudo-Marxism'
  • Paul Romano and Ria Stone - The American Worker
  • Radical America 1-1
  • Radical America 4-4
Socialism or Barbarism
  • Claude Lefort - What is Bureacracy
  • Cornelius Castoriadis - On the Content of Socialism
  • Cornelius Castoriadis - The Working Class and Organisation
  • Cornelius Castoriadis - Modern Capitalisma nd Revolution
  • Cornelius Castoriadis - From the Analysis of Bureacracy to Workers Management
  • Socialisme Ou Barbarie - The Role of Bolshevik Ideology in the Birth of the Bureacracy
  • Henri Simon - Some Thoughts on Organisation
  • Henri Simon - From the Suburbs Riots to the Student Movement
  • Henri Simon - The New Movement
  • Henri Simon - The Refusal of Work
  • Andy Anderson - Hungary '56
  • Solidarity - Third Worldism or Socialism
  • Solidarity - As We See It
  • Amadeo Bordiga - The Story of our Origins
  • Amadeo Bordiga - Is This the Time to Form Soviets
  • Amadeo Bordiga - Towards the establishment of workers councils in Italy
  • Amadeo Bordiga - Theses on the Role of the Communist Party in the Proletarian Revolution
  • Gilles Dauve - When Insurrections Die
  • Gilles Dauve - Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement
  • Jacques Carnatte - About the Revolution
  • Jacques Carnatte - On Organization
  • Louis Althusser - On Marxism
  • Louis Althusser - How to Read Marx's Capital
  • Louis Althusser - Notes on Lenin and Philosophy
  • Louis Althusser - We Must Change in the Party
  • The Prison Notebooks
Frankfurt School
  • Max Horkheimer - Critique of Instrumental Reason
  • Max Horkheimer - Eclipse of Reason
  • Max Horkheimer - Traditional and Critical Theory
  • Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno - Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • Theodor Adorno - Hegel: Three Studies
  • Theodor Adorno - Negaive Dialectics
  • Theodor Adorno - On Pop Music
  • Theodor Adorno - The Culture Industry
  • Theodor Adorno - Culture Industry Reconsidered
  • Jurgen Habermas - The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere
  • Jurgen Habermas - Legitimation Crisis
  • Jurgen Habermas - The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity
  • Walter Benjamin - The Life of Students
  • Walter Benjamin - The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
  • Walter Benjamin - Critique of Violence
  • Herbert Marcuse - Negations: Essays in Critical Theory
  • Herbert Marcuse - Counterrevolution and Revolt
  • Walter Benjamin - Illuminations
  • Ernst Bloch - Hitler's Force
  • Herbert Marcuse - One-Dimensional Man
  • Herbert Marcuse - The Foundation of Historical Materialism
Lettrist and Situationist Internationals
  • Raoul Vaneigem - The Book of Pleasures
  • Raoul Vaneigem - The Revolution of Everyday Life
  • Guy Debord - Theses on the Situationist International and Its Time
  • Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle
  • Guy Debord - Preliminaries Toward Defining a Unitary Revolutionary Program
  • Guy Debord - Beneath the Idol, the Bureacrat
  • Guy Debord & Gil J. Wolman - Pourquoi le lettrisme
  • Guy Debord, Attila Kotanyi, & Raoul Vaneigem - Theses on the Paris Commune
  • Situationist International - May 1968 Documents
  • René Riesel - Preliminaries on Councils and Councilist Organization
  • Mike Rooke - Marxism is Dead! Long Live Marxism
  • Asger Jorn - Internationale Situationiste No. 1
  • Gilles Dauve - Critique of the Situationist International
  • Gilles Dauve - Intakes
  • Massimo De Angelis - Value Struggle or Classs Struggle
  • Massimo De Angelis - Marx's Theory of Primitive Accumulation
  • Massimo De Angelis - The Zapatista's Voice
  • Massimo De Angelis - Globalisation, Work, and Class
  • John Zerzan - Organized Labor versus the Revolt Against Work
  • William Cleaver - Wildcats in the Appalachian Coal Fields
  • The Zerowork Collective - Introduction to Zerowork 1
  • George Caffentzis - Throwing Away the Ladder
  • Paolo Carpignano - US Class Composition in the 60s
Open Marxism
  • Ferruccio Gambino - A Critique of Fordism and the Reformist School
  • Werner Bonefeld - The Permanence of Primitive Accumulation
  • Werner Bonefeld - The Politics of Debt
  • Werner Bonefeld - Labor, Capital, and Primitive Accumulation
  • Werner Bonefeld - The Politics of Globalisation
  • Werner Bonefeld - Social Constitution and the Form of the Capitalist State
  • John Holloway - Change the World Without Taking Power
  • John Holloway - Class Struggle is Assymetrical
  • John Holloway - The Concept of Power and the Zapatistas
American Socialism
  • Daniel Deleon - Reform or Revolution
  • Daniel Deleon - The Burning Question of Trade Unionism
  • Daniel Deleon - What Means This Strike
  • Hal Draper - Marx on Democratic Forms of Government
  • Hal Draper - The Myth of Lenin's Revolutionary Defeatism
  • Hal Draper - The Two Souls of Socialism
  • Hal Draper - Marxism and Trade Unions
Laclau and Mouffe
  • Hegemony and Socialist Strategy
Naomi Klein
  • The Shock Doctrine (I don't know where to put this, but I want to read it)
  • Jacques Lacan - Écrits
  • Jacques Lacan - Various Seminars
  • Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari - Capitalism and Schizophrenia volumes
  • Slavoj Žižek - Revolution at the Gates
  • Slavoj Žižek - In Defense of Lost Causes
  • Slavoj Žižek - Violence
Alain Badiou
  • Alain Badiou - Being and Event
  • Alain Badiou - Metapolitics


Scu said...

Are these in order of what you plan to read?

deathdrive83 said...

More or less, but it's still really vague. That's a lot of stuff to read and I'm not sure if it's realistically possible. But it's not like I'm going to be billing tons of law hours any time in the near future.

Scu said...

Well, at some point I'd add Balibar's The Philosophy of Marx. It's really short, and interesting overview of Marx.

This whole list is really very, very impressive. I'm not sure about the need some of these books, but I won't bother you with that. And hell, I haven't read anywhere near all of them. Good luck!

Also, how are you doing these days? I don't know if I should tell you I'm sorry or congratulate you on the new phase of your life. Maybe both.

deathdrive83 said...

I can definitely add that.

I'm sure a great deal of it will be awful, but I'm really curious about it.

Life is really okay. I just get melodramatic. Law school probably wasn't the best idea. I really enjoyed the intellectual side of it, but being a lawyer sounds pretty unpleasant. But there's no reason I have to be in school to study or read the things that I like.

How are you these days?