These are the official writings, videos, and more that BSA recommends all Socialists explore, regardless of skin color.
Please remember to read, watch, or listen to the content shared below with a healthy dose of skepticism, and to use your critical thinking skills. Just because one figure is correct on most issues does not mean that they are correct on all issues, and just because another figure is incorrect on most issues does not mean that they are incorrect on all issues.
The truth lies between and beyond all of the words our greatest revolutionaries and theorists have spoken, therefore we mustn’t fetishize the leaders of the past, or be apologists for the errors in their ways; we must learn from the mistakes in their methods in an effort to develop realistic approaches that stay true to the socialistic principles we all claim to embody.
Note: All of the titles are links to the readings themselves!
Note: If you are more of a visual or audio learner, then please scroll down to see our "Recommended Videos" list. That said, a certain degree of reading will be required for you to achieve a thorough understanding of Socialism as a concept, in addition to the means by which we are to reach a Socialist/Communist society.
The following list of readings are articles or excerpts from larger works for those of you who may not feel like devoting hours out of each day to diving deep into understanding Socialism. This reading list is for people who may get the basic gist of why Capitalism is bad, but who may not be too familiar with Socialism as a theory. Much of these works deal with secondhand interpretations or explanations, so please make sure to explore more fundamental works further down below.
With these readings, you’ll have to think deeply, but maybe not as long or hard as you would have to think when reading an entire book:
If you want to call yourself a Socialist, or you already consider yourself one, then this is the list for you:
Most of these works are incredibly long and dense, so many of you probably won’t take the time to read through them, but Marxists.org has plenty of content that summarizes and provides analyses on much of what is shared here, and it also provides key excerpts.
These are works that are considered essential readings for understanding the foundation upon which we base our socialist theory and/or understanding today, in conjunction with historical records (in other words: this is some OG sh!t):
The following readings were written by revolutionaries who actually implemented various forms of State Capitalism and supported authoritarianism, but who are mistakenly considered by many to be among the first individuals to bring “real” Socialism or Communism to the world.
It is important to take from their works whatever knowledge we can, but to also look at the facts and/or history in conjunction with this knowledge in order to gain a more serious understanding of what actually occurred in much of the 20th century:
The readings below mesh with and tie into our praxis and/or strategy as an organization. If you've made it through many of the readings listed before these, then processing what's below will not be very difficult for you!
Some of the videos below are long, and others are short.
Some of the videos below are dense, and others are straightforward.
But all of the videos below are beneficial in one way or another when it comes to developing more of an understanding of what the Socialist tradition is, and what its history (and future) in this world is.
Education is incredibly important, but you don't have to take our word for it; hear what Fred Hampton had to say...