: Hi. I am an anarcho-capitalist and a fan of the works of Ludwig von Mises, David Friedman, and Murray Rothbard. I try to come over here and read the debates when I get a chance, but I find that participating in debate is generally not to my taste. It's rarely an honest attempt by both sides to discover an elusive truth, but rather a contest to see who can "win".
: So, I pursue the elusive truth on my own by reading books.
: That said, I wonder if any of the socialists here could recommend books I need to read. I've read some Marx, some Chomsky, some Zinn, but I could always read more if that's what you recommend. I don't want to be accused of not knowing what I'm talking about, so what do I need to read in order to have a good understanding of socialism, libertarian socialism, democratic socialism, left-anarchism, whatever?
: Thanks for any help.
In no paticular order, here are some books that influenced my ideas. I don't necessarily agree with what they say, but they helped develop my thought by making me question what I believed. Sorry (since I don't have the books with me) that I have not put the publishers or the dates published.
1) 'Red Emma Speaks' Emma goldman (Anthology from various other works, I'd also recommend her autobiography (I think its called 'Living My Life' I've only ever seen one copy in a library and read bits of it. Can any one who can suggest where I can get a copy?)
2) 'The communist manifesto' Marx and Engels
3) 'The Revolution of Everyday Life' Raoul Vaniegem
4) 'Black skins, White masks' Frantz Fanon
5) 'Homage to Catalonia' George Orwell
6) '1984' George Orwell
I'd also reccomend anything by Primo Levi, listening to Jello Biafras spoken word albums and any books or pamphlets you can find on recent social history (and resistance).