Spatula Reading Group


Twice a month for all of 2017, Worker’s Spatula “assigned” a reading for a virtual “reading group” known as the Spatula Reading Group. We have left this page up as a model reading group for new Marxists who want to take on a diverse selection of theoretical readings over the course of a year. The selections contained below may be modified at any time on the basis of what the current editorial staff deem relevant. We encourage all to get in touch with any questions, comments, and criticisms by e-mail at mastursublator [at]


January 1st: Legality and Illegality by György Lukács
January 15th: Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism ch. 4, 5, 6 by Vladimir Lenin
February 1st: Towards a Critique of the Category of Totalitarianism by Domenico Losurdo
February 15th: Pour Hegel: Marx’s lifelong debt to Hegelian dialectics by Ross Wolfe
March 1st: The Social Basis of the Woman Question by Alexandra Kollontai
March 15th: Introduction to the Philosophy of Right by GWF Hegel
April 1st: My Life by Leon Trotsky; Legislation of Liberal Discourse by J. Moufawad-Paul
April 15th: Becoming from the Science of Logic by GWF Hegel
May 1st: Some Manifestations of National Oppression in the Soviet Union Today by Natasha Iliriani
May 15th: Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat by J. Sakai
June 1st:
The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, ch. 1, 2, 3 by Adam Smith
June 15th:
On the Real and Nominal Price of Commodities, or their Price in Labour, and their Price in Money by Adam Smith
July 1st:
Where are the Transgender Warriors? by Sylvia Jordan
July 15th:
Casting Shadows by Kali Akuno
August 1st:
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
August 15th: The Azanian and Afro-American Liberation Struggles from the Azanian Research Project
September 1st: On Anti-Intellectual “Leftism” by J. Moufawad-Paul
September 15th: Theory & Practice by Rosa Luxemburg
October 1st: Sterile and Negative Criticism by Antonio Gramsci
October 15th: The Sino-Soviet Split and China’s Role in Class Struggle by Muhsin Yorulmaz and John Lawrence
November 1st: In Defence of Rosa Luxemburg by Clara Zetkin
November 15th: From resistance to rebellion: Asian and Afro-Caribbean struggles in Britain by Ambalavaner Sivanandan
December 1st: Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza? Prolegomenon to a Marxist Theory of the Japanese State, Chapter 12 of Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method by Bertell Ollman
December 15th: Marx’s Vision of Communism by Bertell Ollman