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Recommended Readings

DSA is a big-tent, multi-tendency organization, and that’s as true in our local chapter as it is on the national level. It’s impossible, then, for every selection on a reading list to reflect the thinking of every member of our chapter, What we’re trying to achieve with this (still growing) resource list is a basic foundation in democratic socialist theory and thought.

Topics (after “What Is Democratic Socialism?”) listed in alphabetical order:

What Is Democratic Socialism” by Neal Meyer

What Should Socialists Do?” by Joseph Schwartz and Bhaskar Sunkara

Why Socialism?” by Albert Einstein

The ABCs of Capitalism by Vivek Chibber

The ABCs of Socialism by Jacobin and Verso

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Letter from Marx to Ruge, 1843 (on method and philosophy)

"Capitalism and Gay Identity" by John D’Emilio (contact us)

How LGBTQ Activists Transformed the Labor Movement” by Kim Kelly

Why Trans Liberation Means Abolishing Capitalism” with Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O’Rourke

Democracy and Care Unbound: On Feminism’s Abiding Political Value” by Michele Rossi

The Socialist Feminist Project” by Nancy Holmstrom

Common Ground: The Queerness of Welfare Policy” by Joseph DeFilippis

Imperialism: A Study Series edited by DSA-LA

The Specter of Liberal Internationalism” by Daniel Bessner

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin

Marx on Immigration: Workers, Wages, and Legal Status” by David Wilson

“The Empire’s Amnesia,” an interview with Greg Grandin

Deep Reads

Recommended books available for checkout at the Appalachian Liberation Library:

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

Empire's Workshop : Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin

Palestine: A Socialist Introduction edited by Sumaya Awad and Brian Bean

A Freedom Budget for All Americans: A Summary, January, 1967” by the A. Philip Randolph Institute

Wage Labour and Capital by Karl Marx

Value, Price, and Profit by Karl Marx

The Secret of Primitive Accumulation” from Capital, Vol. I by Karl Marx

Political Aspects of Full Employment” by Michal Kalecki

The Red and the Black” by Seth Ackerman

Deep Reads

Recommended books available for checkout at the Appalachian Liberation Library:

A People's Guide to Capitalism: An Introduction to Marxist Economics by Haddas Thier

Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory by Ernest Mandel

The Ruling Class Does Not Rule: Notes on the Marxist Theory of the State” by Fred Block

The State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin

Lenin’s The State and Revolution” by Ralph Miliband

Towards a Democratic Socialism by Nicos Poulantzas

Deep Reads

Recommended books available for checkout at the Appalachian Liberation Library:

State, Power, Socialism by Nicos Poulantzas

For longer reads, the Appalachian Liberation Library, located at 419 W Market St, Johnson City, TN, has over 1200 books covering these topics and more. Find their current hours and search their catalog at

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