Reading for Revolution is a three-part series of short articles that I wrote on collective learning and the struggle for a new society.
The first article, “Steal the the Ability to Read this Book,” makes a case for seizing the reading skills that slave-masters and capitalist bosses have systematically denied oppressed communities.
The second article, “Clowns to the left of me, Leninists to the right, here I am – Chillin and reading with you…,” argues for developing a learning praxis (reflective practice) that can break from the alienated and oppressive dynamics of capitalist classrooms.
The third article, “DIY Study Strategies,” is more practical, offering suggestions for how to start your own revolutionary study group. I argue that how we read to make a revolution is different from how we are taught to read in school. I attempt to outline some of the more revolutionary reading strategies that we’ve learned and co-created in the hope that others will build upon these and share their own. I emphasize how to integrate literacy skills into discussion so that study groups will be more accessible to folks who did not learn these skills ins school.
A group called Radical Ideas For a Moribund Society Distro turned these articles into a zine format that can be printed easily. It is available here at their site. I’ve also uploaded it here: Reading For Revolution Zine Version. Thanks to the folks who put in the work to format this.
Here are their suggestions for printing:
TO PRINT: Download the PDF and print onto 8.5×11 paper, flip on short-edge.
TO COPY: To make multiple copies from the original print, configure the copier settings to print both sides by selecting 2>2 SIDED or something similar if the option is available and STACK after each printed batch (if you select sort, you will have to compile each copy afterward – which is tedious.)