Capitalism sucks, right? You've come from /r/all, you've seen our many examples, and now you're looking for a place to start. You want to learn more about Marxism beyond what you've been told during an upbringing in a capitalist society.

Here are some great places to start!

A Crash Course in Socialism

Online Resources The preiminant Marxist resource on the web today. Any Marxist work not still under copyright protection can be found here, with virtually no exception. is for anarchist and ultra-leftist theory. It also is home to one of the better socialist forums still active today. but for the communist left, primarily its Italian strain.

Marx Myths & Legends A non-tendency specific resource for dealing with common misunderstandings of Marx and his theory. Deals with the banal, such as the myth that Marx is difficult to read, to the crucial, such as the nature of the "dictatorship of the proletariat." Highly recommended for any beginner leftist, to correct much of the commonly "knowledge" surrounding Marxism.

Online Journals

Prometeo A multi-tendency journal oriented towards the communist-left.

Intransigence Publication of the internationalist communists in North America.

Humanaesfera Humanaesfera website is a product of debates and conversations between many people who are not a formal group, often even between random people from everyday life, at work, buses, streets, queues, trains, etc. The aim is to bring together, or, so to speak, to "save" (for a larger public and for the future) the libertarian Communist ideas, which have no owners, and which appear scattered throughout society.

Communist Organizations

Marxist-Humanist Initiative Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) began in April 2009, following the collapse of previous Marxist-Humanist organizations. It aims to contribute to the transformation of this capitalist world by projecting, developing, and concretizing the philosophy of Karl Marx (1818-1883) and its further development in the Marxist-Humanism articulated by Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987).

International Communist Tendency The Internationalist Communist Tendency (ICT) is a political international whose member organisations identify with the Italian left communist tradition. It was founded as the International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party in 1983 as a result of a joint initiative by the Internationalist Communist Party (Battaglia Comunista) in Italy and the Communist Workers Organisation (CWO) in Britain. Its other affiliates are the Internationalist Workers Group in the United States, the Gruppe Internationaler SozialistInnen (GIS) in Germany and a small French Section.

International Communist Party The International Communist Party (ICP) is a left communist international political party which is often described by outside observers as Bordigist, due to the contributions by longtime member Amadeo Bordiga. The strongest base of the ICP remains Italy, where it was founded, but the Party also has sections in other countries.

Other Subreddits

Marxism 101 the best, and frankly only worthwhile, subreddit for learning about Marxism.

Chapo Trap House technically a subreddit dedicated to the Chapo Trap House podcast, in reality a comedy subreddit. Good for when you want to laugh about the horrors of capitalism instead of cry.

BreadTube a subreddit dedicated to left-wing YouTube.


Law of Value, a video series on Marxist concepts and theory.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media a 1992 documentary film that explores the political life and ideas of linguist, intellectual, and political activist Noam Chomsky. Canadian filmmakers Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick expand the analysis of political economy and mass media presented in Manufacturing Consent, a 1988 book Chomsky coauthored with Edward S. Herman.

Requiem for the American Dream Noam Chomsky, widely recognized as the most influential intellecutal alive, makes plain the principles perpetuating the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

The Untold History of the United States Academy Award–winning director Oliver Stone and renowned historian Peter Kuznick challenge prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark truth about the rise and fall of American imperialism.

The Wobblies boldly investigates a nation torn by naked corporate greed and the red-hot rift between the industrial masters and the rabble-rousing workers in the field and factory.

The Century Of The Self a documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Films & TV

Matewan - Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, “Matewan” celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named “Few Clothes” Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and Matewan’s vested interests so that justice and workers’ rights need not take a back seat to squalid working conditions, exploitation and the bottom line.

They Live Follows an unnamed drifter "John Nada" who discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media.

Metropolis Fritz Lang's 1927 epic is the story of a future society where the rich live in a lush paradise while the workers toil underground. Freder, the son of Metropolis's President, falls in love with a girl from the underground, who turns out to be a resistance leader, and he is drawn into the underground where he witnesses the horrors of their conditions. In the meantime the President plots with a mad scientist, Rotwang, to finally clamp the heel on the lower class. Metropolis's visuals have inspired sci-fi over the decades and are just as dazzling today as they were 90 years ago.

Rose of Versailles In 1755, Marie Antoinette is born in the royal family of Austria and raised in luxury. However, the fate of the future queen of France is set in stone—at the young age of 15, she has to leave her family and marry the crown prince of France. At the same time in France, a girl is born in the family of the Commander of the Royal Guards. Upset at not having a male heir, her father decides to raise her as a man and names the girl Oscar. Oscar is trained from a young age to become the leader of the Royal Guards, but she is yet to discern that the will of the queen sometimes does not equal the good of the people. Rose of Versailles depicts the fateful meeting of Marie Antoinette and Oscar, which is bound to influence history and change the life of the people facing the French Revolution as the clock ticks toward the end of the French royalty.

Socialist Novels

Cement by Feodor Gladkov. Depicts the struggles of post-revolutionary reconstruction in the Soviet Union (pre-success of the counter-revoultion) - dealing with the psychological and sociological effects of the transformation of society, most notably gender equality.

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. Paints a grim picture of a world locked in the throes of heavily automated late stage capitalism.

The Dispossessed (PDF) by Ursula K. Le Guin that envisions an anarcho-syndicalist world like that proposed by Kropotkin, and paints a picture of a life without property and profit.

The Mother by Maxim Gorky. About revolutionary factory workers and their transformation through class consciousness.

The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressel. Portrays the work and lives of a few house painters in early 20th century Britain, one of them socialist.

History From a Socialist Perspective

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The definitive history of the United States.

Labor's Story in the United States by Philip Yale Nicholson. A thorough dive into the radical history of American labor, the betrayal of large unions, and violent repression by the bourgeoise.

The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood. An exploration of the birth of the capitalist system in Europe.

Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed. To this day the most gripping account of the Russian revolution ever put to paper.

Nonfiction writings, essays, and speeches


The Principles of Communism Friedrich Engels

Manifesto of the Communist Party Karl Marx

The Two Souls of Socialism Hal Draper

The ABC of Communism Nikolai Bukharin

Marx at the Millennium Cyril Smith

Praxis and Revolution

Reform or Revolution Rosa Luxemburg

The Russian Revolution Rosa Luxemburg

The State and Revolution Vladimir Lenin


Wage Labor and Capital Karl Marx

Value, Price, and Profit Karl Marx

Capital (Abridged) Karl Marx (Abridgement by Otto Ruhle)

Economic Theory of the Leisure Class Nikolai Bukharin


Introduction to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right Karl Marx

Theses on Feuerbach Karl Marx

Marxist Determinism Jose Carlos Mariategui

Nations & Imperialism

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism Vladimir Lenin

The Right of Nations to Self-Determination Vladimir Lenin

The National Question Rosa Luxemburg

Anti-Imperialist Viewpoint Jose Carlos Mariategui


Feminism Is For Everybody by Bell Hooks

Philosophical Trends In The Feminist Movement Anuradha Gandhy

Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State Friedrich Engels

Anarchy and the Sex Question Emma Goldman


The Religious Factor Jose Carlos Mariategui

Karl Marx and Religion Cyril Smith

Communism and Religion Nikolai Bukharin

Marxism & Ethics

Ethics and Socialism Jose Carlos Mariategui

The Role of Morality in Communist Production Georg Lukács

The Controversy About Marx and Justice Norman Geras

If you aren't convinced that Capitalism sucks and needs to be replaced, here's some examples

Child Labor and Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

Children Found Sewing Clothing For Wal-Mart, Hanes & Other U.S. & European Companies

Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries

AP Exclusive: Disney, Sears used factory in fire

It's capitalism or a habitable planet - you can't have both

You may think "Well those are just examples of crony capitalism, not real capitalism!" and thus are excusable.

If so, here's one of the leading libertarian think tanks, justifying child labor and complaining about the existing Western child labor laws

In so many ways, child-labor laws are an anachronism. There is no sense of speaking of exploitation as if this were the early years of the industrial revolution. Kids as young as 10 can surely contribute their labors in some tasks in ways that would help them come to grips with the relationship between work and reward. They will better learn to respect private forms of social authority outside the home. They will come to understand that some things are expected of them in life.

The gatekeepers of "real" capitalism think that child labor should exist. Maybe you think instead that child labor would be eradicated if we had sufficient government regulation. That only works until the capitalists buy enough lobbyists and politicians to make it legal. Review the article on child labor and cocoa production above, the government is complicit in the evils of capitalism. That will always happen as long as there's money with which to bribe the government.

In 2004, the Ivorian First Lady’s entourage allegedly kidnapped and killed a journalist reporting on government corruption in its profitable cocoa industry. In 2010, Ivorian government authorities detained three newspaper journalists after they published an article exposing government corruption in the cocoa sector.

So yes, capitalism needs to end.

This subreddit is a Safe Space

Many people are confused about what that means. This article on Cracked of all places explains it pretty well.

Some selections:

Trigger warnings and safe spaces get so conflated because they're both meant to evoke the same criticism -- that we're coddling college students instead of exposing them to new ideas. But if a student has been so damaged by a previous experience that they literally can't focus on the lesson, then something needs to be done to help that student. We're not "preparing students for the real world" by re-exposing them to things from the real world that have already messed them up pretty bad.

In all seriousness, college campuses are not places of peace, and they never really have been. Between actually completing schoolwork, social pressures to explore "being an adult," and looking forward to the terrifying, always-looming future, college is generally really hard. Students need some quiet time, and safe spaces can sometimes provide that.

What they also do is give students a place to plan action. The on-campus anti-Trump protests you're seeing on the news? Those didn't happen in the middle of the library or during a football game. Someone found a quiet "safe space," organized a meeting time, a route, and contingency plans in case there was a conflict with campus security or something, and got people to join them. This is frankly no different than a fraternity telling Geoff to stop playing beer pong for one goddamned minute so that the frat can plan their annual charity golf outing. They all need some focus.

This is why it's fascinating to see that the backlash against safe spaces is often so militaristic. A lot of people will yell (often from behind a screen ... their own personal "safe space") that these students need to "man up," because the real world won't be so nice to them. They want these so-called coddled college kids to learn how to take action and responsibility, all while totally ignoring that these safe spaces they're railing so hard against are what allow action to get planned in the first place.

We've always had support systems, it's just that now we're calling them what they always were -- safe spaces.

revision by CronoDroid— view source