John Holloway, author of ‘Crack Capitalism’ and ‘Change the World Without Changing Power’, is someone I admire greatly. The other day I came across his list of favourite radical books which he chose for the virtual Occupy library. So I’m delighted to be able to share them with you now;
Capital by Karl (1867)
It remains the most radical critique of capitalism and an essential starting point for understanding the debates around capitalist development and the possibility of radical change. It’s best to read it collectively
The Principle of Hope by Ernst Bloch (1947)
This is where I started and it remains a constant point of reference. A wonderful book that takes us into all aspects of life and shows them to be a pushing towards that which is Not Yet
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1976)
A novel of hope and fear that takes the notion of communism (or whatever we want to call it) into new dimensions
The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem (1967)
For me the best of Situationism. Revolutionary thought at its anti-dogmatic and exciting best
Negative Dialectics by Theodor W. Adorno (1966)
Fiercely difficult, and well worth the effort. The critique of identity shakes the world
Lenin in England by Mario Tronti (1964)
An article that turns traditional Marxism upside down and lays the basis for autonomist/operaista thought
John Holloway is as Lawyer, marxist-oriented sociologist and philosopher, whose work is closely associated with the Zapatista movement in Mexico, his home since 1991. He is currently a teacher at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Puebla.
Many other contributors to this series have selected books and you can see them all at the Through Europe website.
Pluto Press is one of the world’s leading radical publishers, specialising in progressive, critical perspectives in politics and the social sciences. Based in London, we have been active for 40 years and independent since 1979. We have more than 800 titles in print by authors such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, John Pilger, Susan George, Ziauddin Sardar, Greg Palast, Eduardo Galeano and Vandana Shiva.
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