Sunday, August 4, 2013

RASH NYC Basic Political Education Booklist (2003)


'Red' and/ or 'Anarchist'. What the fuck is that? People in the US just don't know.
We expected our membership to understand what they said they were into.
The working class struggle in the USA and around the world.
Anti-fascism.
The struggle for justice.
Not the type of shit you're gonna learn about in school.
Self-education is a must.


Towards that end we created a 'Basic Political Education Booklist' of 13 titles.
We figured even slow readers could finish at least one title every 4 weeks.
If you joined up you were expected to read this shit.


Here were the first 13 titles on the list, and the subjects they covered

U.S. WORKING CLASS RADICAL HISTORY
 
 1- Louis Adamic "Dynamite: A Century of Class Violence in the USA" (Rebel Press)
 2- Strike! By Jeremy Brecher (South End Press)

PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE USA
3- A People’s History of the United States By Howard Zinn 729 pgs.

MARXISM/SOCIALISM
4- Introducing Marx (formerly “Marx For Beginners”) by Rius

ANARCHISM

5- Anarchism By Daniel Guerin (Monthly Review Press/ AK Press)

BLACK LIBERATION

6- Autobiography of Malcolm X By Malcolm X with Alex Haley

IWW/ RADICAL TRADE UNIONISM
7- The IWW: It’s First 100 Years 1905-2005 By Fred Thompson and Jon Bekken 247 pgs

SPANISH CIVIL WAR

8- Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell 

1960’S STRUGGLES (Anti-War, Black liberation, Students, Feminism, etc.)

9- They Should Have Served That Cup of Coffee ed. by Dick Cluster (South End Press) 

LATINOS/ YOUNG LORDS PARTY


10- Palante, Siempre Palante by the Young Lords Party
Haymarket Books; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011) 160 pgs


KNOW YOUR ENEMY: THE RACIST RIGHT

11- Blood In The Face By James Ridgeway (Thunder’s Mouth Press)

 ORGANIZATIONAL SECURITY: KNOW WHAT YOU'RE IN FOR
12- The War At Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It By Brian Glick (South End Press)

CLASS REVOLUTION IN COMICS
13- Breaking Free By Jack Daniels (Attack International)
Broken down in comic book form for those who need pictures

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POST 2003 ADDITION:


 MILITANT ANTI-FASCISM- UK
-Dave Hann and Steve Tilzey "No Retreat: The Secret History of the War Between Britain's Anti-Fascists and the Far-Right" (Milo Press)

Titles were chosen for their relevance to our struggle, for their readability and availability.