Anti-Capitalist Resources

These are people and projects that have been essential for my own journey of unlearning capitalism. If you’d like to see a specific topic here, leave a comment here or on any of my social media accounts.
 
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This list is in two parts:
 
Guides and action steps you can take to help the transition away from capitalism, and to keep yourself and your community safe.
 
Resources to learn more about anti-capitalism, anti-colonialism, the War on Drugs, and alternatives to our current hell world.
 
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ANTI-CAPITALISM 101 CRASH COURSE:
 
Must-watch videos, long-form 
(Many are 30 minutes or more, but I promise they’re super entertaining, trust me, I have ADHD lol)
 
Must-watch videos, short form (5 minutes or less):
 
 
Podcast episodes I find highly useful/informative:
 
Podcasts: 
Bread & Poppies (my podcast)
The Trillbillies (leftist comedy and American news/analysis, very chill vibes)
Chapo Trap House (leftist comedy and American news/analysis)
◉ Alberta Advantage (🇨🇦)
Cover Story: Power Trip (for anyone with an existing interest in psychedelic therapy)
◉ Ultra Violet Pod
◉ Big Shiny Takes
 
My favourite leftist creators on YouTube:

Philosophy Tube 

Shaun [Incredible data analysis. Easy to listen to instead of watching. Highly recommended for lulling you to sleep (in a good way).]
Thought Slime (very funny & entertaining analysis from an anarchist lens)
ContraPoints (kind of a lib, but still makes really good stuff)
◉ Check out this guide to find your own: A Practical Guide to Leftist YouTube (Noah Samsen)
 
Accounts to follow on Twitter:
(to be updated, just go see who I follow on there lol)
 
Essays, Zines & Pamphlets:
 
Leftist news & analysis to follow and support:
TYT (w/ grain of salt for hypocritical union busting)
Ken Klippenstein & the Intercept
Harbinger Network (🇨🇦)
Some More News
Unicorn Riot
The Real News Network
Democracy Now
Democracy at Work
Passage (🇨🇦)
Ricochet (🇨🇦)
PressProgress (🇨🇦)

Resources for Specific Topics

Police abolition
 
Land Back, Indigenous Knowledge
◉ BOOK: Robin Wall Kimmerer (2015). Braiding Sweetgrass
 
Drug Policy
◉ THESIS: Agro, Hilary. 2016. “Prohibited Practice: Drug Use, Harm Reduction and Benefit Enhancement in Toronto Rave Culture.” University of Western Ontario.
 
Mental Health (general)
◉ On attachment, trauma and relationships (this book is a must-read even if you’re monogamous): Polysecure (Goodreads link)
◉ Van Der Kolk, Bessel. The Body Keeps The Score
 
Mental Health (for men)
Men. Abuse. Trauma. (Philosophy Tube)
 
Understanding Trans Issues
J.K. Rowling (ContraPoints)
Transphobia: An Analysis (Philosophy Tube)
 
Vaccines
Vaccines & Freedom (Philosophy Tube)
 
White Supremacy & Fascism
White Fascism (Innuendo Studios)
 
Disability Justice:
◉ Wong, Alice (ed). Disability Visibility: First-person stories from the twenty-first century
◉ Srinivasan, Amia. The Right To Sex
◉ Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
 
Non-monogamy:
◉ On attachment, trauma and relationships (this book is a must-read even if you’re monogamous): Polysecure (Goodreads link)
◉ Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá. Sex at Dawn
The semiotics of “cuck” (Innuendo Studios)
 
Understanding Marxist terms:
Dialectical materialism explained (Prof. Wolff, YouTube, 9 mins)
 
My stuff online:
 
My Master’s thesis: Agro, Hilary. 2016. “Prohibited Practice: Drug Use, Harm Reduction and Benefit Enhancement in Toronto Rave Culture.” University of Western Ontario.
 
 
 
My favourite leftist creators on TikTok:
 
Intersectional leftist/communist/anarchist etc:
 
Post-capitalist futures:
Feminism:
 
Masculinity:
 
Climate action:
 
Disability justice:
 
Food security, gardening etc:
 
Drug policy & harm reduction:
 
Decolonization:
 
Sex ed:
 
 
Trans liberation:
 
Fat liberation:
 
Parenting/household stuff:
 
Childrens’ rights:
 
Non-monogamy:
 

The Big Ol’ Booklist

ANTI-CAPITALISM

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
Kapital – Karl Marx
The State and Revolution – Vladimir Lenin
The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire
Black Marxism – Cedric J. Robinson
Women, Race & Class – Angela Davis
 
HISTORY
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harrari
Blackshirts and Reds – Michael Parenti
 
NEOLIBERALISM
A Generation of Sociopaths – Bruce Cannon Gibney
The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
Virtue Hoarders – Catherine Liu
 
MEDIA
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
Propaganda and the Public Mind – David Barsamian & Noam Chomsky
Hate, Inc. – Matt Taibbi
 
STRATEGY
Emergent Strategy – Adrienne Marie Brown
Mutual Aid – Dean Spade
Inventing the Future – Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams
 

Leftism, socialism, communism, anti-capitalism, anti-colonialism

 

Prison, police, prohibition

  • Alexander, Michelle. 2012. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press.
  • Goffman, Alice. 2014. On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. New York: Picador.
  • Maynard, Robyn. 2017. Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Mullins, Garth, Sam Fenn, Ryan McNeil, Alexander Kim, and Lisa Hale. 2019. Crackdown (Podcast). British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.
  • Ralph, Laurence. 2017. “Becoming Aggrieved: An Alternative Framework of Care in Black Chicago.” Pp. 93–110 in Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming, edited by J. Biehl and P. Locke. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • House, Jordan Lorne. 2020. Making Prison Work: Prison Labour and Resistance in Canada (PhD Dissertation) https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/37965
 

Anthropology

  • Behar, Ruth. 1996. The Vulnerable Observer. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer (2015). Braiding Sweetgrass
  • Massumi, Brian. 2010. “The Future Birth of the Affective Fact: The Political Ontology of Threat.” Pp. 52–70 in The Affect Theory Reader, edited by M. Gregg and G. Seigworth. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Pine, Jason. 2019. The Alchemy of Meth: A Decomposition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Raikhel, Eugene and William Garriott, eds. 2013. Addiction Trajectories. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Ralph, Laurence. 2017. “Becoming Aggrieved: An Alternative Framework of Care in Black Chicago.” Pp. 93–110 in Unfinished: The Anthropology of Becoming, edited by J. Biehl and P. Locke. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Robertson, Leslie and Dara Culhane. 2005. In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside. Vancouver: Talonbooks.
  • Scott, James C. 1990. Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Stewart, Kathleen. 2007. Ordinary Affects. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Taussig, Michael. 1987. Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
  • Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Williams, Bianca C. 2018. The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Zigon, Jarrett. 2018. A War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
 

Drugs (general audience)

  • Bourgois, Philippe. 1995. In Search Of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bourgois, Philippe and Jeffrey Schonberg. 2008. Righteous Dopefiend. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Boyd, Susan. 2017. Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Boyd, Susan C., Donald MacPherson, and Bud Osborn. 2009. Raise Shit! Social Action Saving Lives. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Erika Dyck & Jesse Donaldson. The Acid Room: The Psychedelic Trials and Tribulations of Hollywood Hospital https://www.anvilpress.com/books/the-acid-room-the-psychedelic-trials-and-tribulations-of-hollywood-hospital
  • Hart, Carl L. 2021. Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty In The Land Of Fear. New York: Penguin Random House.
  • Lattin, Don. 2011. The Harvard Psychedelic Club. HarperOne.
  • Lupick, Travis. 2017. Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  • Gabor Mate (2008). In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
  • Pine, Jason. 2019. The Alchemy of Meth: A Decomposition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Robertson, Leslie and Dara Culhane. 2005. In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside. Vancouver: Talonbooks.
  • Rolles, Steve. 2017. Legalizing Drugs: How to End the War. Oxford, UK: New Internationalist.
  • Quinones, Sam. 2015. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. New York: Bloomsbury Press.
  • Schultes, Richard Evans, Albert Hofmann, and Christian Rätsch. 1992. Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.
  • Reider, Travis. In Pain
 

Drugs (academic audience)

  • Alexander, Bruce K. 2008. The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Bourgois, Philippe. 1995. In Search Of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bourgois, Philippe and Jeffrey Schonberg. 2008. Righteous Dopefiend. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Boyd, Susan. 2017. Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Boyd, Susan C., Donald MacPherson, and Bud Osborn. 2009. Raise Shit! Social Action Saving Lives. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Courtwright, David T. 2001. Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Dyck, Erika. 2009. Psychedelic Psychiatry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Lupick, Travis. 2017. Fighting For Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  • Paley, Dawn. 2014. Drug War Capitalism. Oakland, CA: AK Press.
  • Pine, Jason. 2019. The Alchemy of Meth: A Decomposition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Robertson, Leslie and Dara Culhane. 2005. In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside. Vancouver: Talonbooks.
  • Rolles, Steve. 2017. Legalizing Drugs: How to End the War. Oxford, UK: New Internationalist.
  • Raikhel, Eugene and William Garriott, eds. 2013. Addiction Trajectories. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. 1992. Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants. New York: Pantheon Press.
  • Zigon, Jarrett. 2018. A War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
 

Misc:

  • Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves To Death
 

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