Ever wanted to be better tomorrow than you are today? We here at Goliath sure do, and we’re firm believers that reading is one of the surest ways to guarantee that you’re a better individual today than you were yesterday (we believe it was Hemingway who said something along the lines of “there is no victory in being superior to your fellow man, there is only victory in being superior to your former self”). Scientific studies suggest reading makes you a better person by activating unused channels of the brain, building empathy, and training the mind to focus deeply on the task at hand; all of this begs the question then, what exactly to read when you’re in the mood to make yourself a little better? We’ve got you covered, and we’re bringing you 10 important non-fiction texts that’ll change the way you see the world. We’ve assembled a list covering a wide variety of topics, so hunker down with one of these influential texts in an area you’re eager to learn more about, and we promise you’ll be more enlightened tomorrow than you are today.
10. The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx & Friederich Engels)
Due to the xenophobic tendencies of the American populace in the 1950s and 1960s, “communism” has become a bit of a dirty word in Western culture, and it’s a damn shame. The political foil to the rampant capitalism which has caused so much chaos and dissatisfaction around the world, communism shouldn’t be viewed as a harsh and autocratic alternative to a free market. Rather, as Marx and Engels show in their foundational text The Communist Manifesto, communism is an ideological paradigm that empowers the working class and does away with many of the power inconsistencies present in a capitalist society. In reading The Communist Manifesto, eager learners can view the history of class struggle as presented by Marx and Engels, and hear an opposing viewpoint that paints the capitalist mode of thinking as the problematic one, rather than communism. It’s an engaging and interesting read that suggests different is both possible and filled with potential.