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The Left Book Club was founded in 1936 to oppose war, inequality and fascism. Join us today and help support political education.

The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

By Abdullah Öcalan
Foreword by Dilar Dirik
Afterword by David Graeber

July's book is a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary ideas of Abdullah Öcalan, one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary Middle East.

Öcalan led the Kurdish liberation movement until his NATO abduction in 1999. The book explores his ideas on anti-colonialism, women's liberation, radical democracy, and ecology, and the practical application of his ideas in the ongoing Rojava revolution.

Featuring a new foreword by Dilar Dirik and an afterword by the late David Graeber, this is an indispensable resource for anyone engaged in 21st-century anti-colonial struggles and provides a blueprint for a radically democratic society.

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Get a ticket for our event on Wednesday July 17th

Join us for a discussion of the silencing of dissent in India. Sparked by Arundhati Roy's recent indictment for terrorism by the Modi government, the latest episode in a long-running campaign to suppress dissent, this timely discussion features Dr Mayur Suresh, expert on terrorism trials and authoritarian law; Dr Adrija Dey, researcher on gender-based violence and political activist; and Safoora Zargar, student leader and former political prisoner.

We will examine the global rise of surveillance, authoritarianism, and criminalisation of democratic dissent, and the importance of international solidarity as we struggle for freedom in an increasingly restrictive world.

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“The aim of the Left Book Club is a simple one. It is to help in the terribly urgent struggle for world peace and against fascism”

—Victor Gollancz

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Founded by publisher Victor Gollancz in 1936, the original Left Book Club had 57,000 members. It is widely credited with paving the way for Labour’s landslide victory in 1945 and the creation of the welfare state. At least eight members of the 1945 Labour cabinet were Left Book Club authors, including Clement Attlee. Another famous Left Book Club author was George Orwell, as the LBC published the original edition of The Road to Wigan Pier.

Books were printed in their thousands and sent out to members every month via local bookshops.

2015 Relaunch

The Left Book Club relaunch covered in the Guardian

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