Marxism-Leninism Study Guide for Beginners

Marxism-Leninism Study Guide for Beginners

This is a study guide for beginners wishing to immerse in the study of Marxism-Leninism, the theory and tactics of proletarian revolution in the era of imperialism. This guide is a work in progress and will be updated frequently. The works are listed in increasing order of difficulty but given that the guide primarily covers introductory content, the difficulty levels are generally the same for all the texts. Nevertheless, the more comprehensive and/or difficult texts are listed at the end of each section. This is in no way meant to be a guide for a comprehensive study of Marxism-Leninism but it should provide a solid foundation for further study.

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”

— Karl Marx

  • Overview
  1. The Principles of Communism, Friedrich Engels
  2. The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism, V. I. Lenin
  3. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, Friedrich Engels
  4. Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  5. The Foundations of Leninism, J. V. Stalin
  • Philosophy
  1. Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy, Friedrich Engels
  2. Dialectical and Historical Materialism, J. V. Stalin
  3. Anarchism or Socialism?, J. V. Stalin
  4. On Practice and On Contradiction, Mao Zedong
  5. Anti-Dühring (Part I: Philosophy), Friedrich Engels
  • The State
  1. The State, V. I. Lenin
  2. “Democracy” and Dictatorship, V. I. Lenin
  3. The State and Revolution, V. I. Lenin
  4. On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship, Mao Zedong
  5. The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, Friedrich Engels
  • Political Economy
  1. Wage Labor and Capital, Karl Marx
  2. Value, Price, and Profit, Karl Marx
  3. Marx’s Economic Doctrine, V. I. Lenin
  4. Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism, V. I. Lenin
  5. Capital (Volume 1), Karl Marx
  • Socialism
  1. Critique of the Gotha Programme, Karl Marx
  2. Economics and Politics in the era of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, V. I. Lenin
  3. On the Slogan for a United States of Europe, V. I. Lenin
  4. 1936 Constitution of the Soviet Union, (the “Stalin Constitution”)
  5. Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR, J. V. Stalin
  • Anarchism or Marxism?
  1. Anarchist Nonsense, Friedrich Engels
  2. On Authority, Friedrich Engels
  3. Anarchism or Socialism?, J. V. Stalin
  4. The State and Revolution, V. I. Lenin
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