:It's rarely an honest attempt by both sides to discover an elusive truth, but rather a contest to see who can "win".
Good dialectic, the adversarial system has its advantages.
: 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.
The Making of the English Working Class By E.P.Thompson. A Classic.
News From No-Where By Eilliam Morris.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists By Robert Trevelyne(sp?) A bit mangled by literary executors, but still a fiiine read.
The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin.
Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by...oh bloody hell...Andrew Marshall?
The Communist Manifesto Charlie Marx and fred Engels, read all the prefaces carefully.
The German Ideology Same pair- get an abridged version.
Any of these...
http://www.ednet.lancs.ac.uk/tars/crisis in russia.txt
http://www.ednet.lancs.ac.uk/tars/RUSSIA IN 1919.txt
http://www.ednet.lancs.ac.uk/tars/TRUTH ABOUT RUSSIA.htm
by Arthur Ransome.
That'll do for starters...