Education Reading List

Our Education Committee has compiled the following list of recommended articles, books, and podcasts for members interested in expanding their understanding of socialism.

Short Articles

Economic Foundations

Theoretical Frameworks

Prison & Policing Abolition

  • We Do This ‘Till We Free Us by Mariame Kaba
  • The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis
  • Working the Reserve Army: Proletarianization in Revanchist New Orleans by Cedric Johnson
  • The Economic Origins of Mass Incarceration by John Clegg and Adaner Usmani
  • Trumpism, Policing, and the Problem of Surplus Population by Cedric Johnson


  • How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins
  • The Management of Savagery by Max Blumenthal
  • Blowback (podcast)
  • The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World by Vijay Prashad
  • The Divide by Jason Hickel

Environmental Justice

  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
  • On Fire by Naomi Klein
  • A Planet to Win – Why We Need a Green New Deal
  • Energy Democracy – Denise Fairchild
  • The Red Deal: Indigenous Action To Save Our Earth

Historical Context

  • The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
  • The Counter-Revolution of 1776 by Gerald Horne
  • Black Reconstruction by W.E.B. Dubois
  • A People’s History by Howard Zinn
  • Hammer and Hoe by Robin DG Kelly
  • ABCs of Socialism
  • You May Plow Here by Sara Brooks
  • The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Marx
  • A Twenty-Year Legacy of Ultra-Leftism by Paul Saba
  • Summary of Theodore Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race, Volume I”