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Best Books: 4 Books Everyone Should Read On Socialism

If you’re anything like me, you find socialism fascinating. If you want to understand a little more about socialism, then these are the 4 books that you should read.

#1 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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This book details the life of a brilliant young architect struggling to produce his life's work while not faltering to the demands of an increasingly socialist society. It gives perspective into the problems that can come from a society that embraces socialism in a very literal way and how such idealisms can be dangerous to society.

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Contributors: Alan Santillan from G2 Crowd

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#2 The ABC’s of Socialism by Bhaskar Sunkara

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This is one of the best introduction books on the topic of socialism. It is comprised of short chapters that answer basic questions. For example, Don't the rich deserve to keep most of their money? and Doesn't socialism always end up in dictatorship? Each question is answered by a different writer.

The writers include some of the foremost scholars who write in the radical left tradition, such as NYU professor Vivek Chibber.

The book is easily readable and written in a way that is accessible to non-academic audiences. I have used it many times in my college courses on radical political thought.

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Contributors: Adam Szetela from University of Wisconsin-Madison

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#3 Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright

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This is the magnum opus by one of the foremost theorists of class in the world. It explores why capitalism is a problem, what alternatives to capitalism might look like, and what are the practical ways we can realize these alternative visions of society. As UC Berkeley Professor Michael Burawoy put it, the book is encyclopedic in its breath and daunting in its ambition. It is a classic (pun intended) for anyone interested in socialism. Wright is also one of the most well-known Marxists in the world.

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Contributors: Adam Szetela from University of Wisconsin-Madison

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#4 From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

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Drawing on the Black Lives Matter movement, this is an accessible and intellectually rigorous book that explores why anti-racist movements must also be anti-capitalist. Taylor's commentary often appears at websites such as Jacobin and Socialist Worker, and she is one of the most powerful radical intellectuals alive today.

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Contributors: Adam Szetela from University of Wisconsin-Madison

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