A Brief Guide to Human Liberation  (Revised & Updated Edition)

Danny Katch

Haymarket Books (January 10, 2023)

Trade Paper • ISBN-13:  9781642598322 • US $16.95 • 250 pgs.


A sharp, funny, and engaging introduction to socialist ideas, movements, and solutions for a world in crisis.

Now with 50% more socialism!

 is a warm and witty introduction to the radical traditions of protest and politics that stretch from Karl Marx through today’s movements for democracy, equality, and a livable planet. In this thoroughly revised and expanded edition, Danny Katch uses humor and imagination to take an unflinching look at the rising threats posed by climate change, billionaire oligarchs, and the far right—and makes a compelling case that a socialist world is both necessary and possible.

Katch separates the lies spun by capitalism’s defenders from the system’s brutal realities, and is candid about debates and challenges facing the socialist movement today. This book is for people who want to take a deeper look at what socialism is… but maybe not that deep.

Sincere, irreverent, informative, and playful, Socialism… Seriously is a unique and timely contribution to our movements for justice.


Socialism… Seriously is a refreshing embrace of socialism as an alternative to the greed, inequality, racism and xenophobia of the capitalist world we are living in.”

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

“Give this book to your grandma, your mailman, to everyone except your boss—it’s the most fun and accessible introduction to socialist ideas I’ve ever read.”

Anand Gopal
, author of No Good Men Among the Living

“Read Socialism… Seriously, then pass it on to a friend. It’s the perfect gateway drug to becoming the full-throttled socialist organizer that you’ve been waiting for.”

Hadas Thier
, author of A People’s Guide to Capitalism

“Capitalism was a system built to be skewered. But to do it right, you need the political chops and you need to know how to make the jokes. Danny Katch checks every box and his Socialism….Seriously is a necessary book.”

Dave Zirin
, author of The Kaepernick Effect

“Danny Katch has done the impossible: he makes socialism sexy. Socialism… Seriously is eye-opening, inspiring, and funny. Warning to all Democrats, Republicans, and libertarians: this book might turn you into a closet socialist.”

Judah Friedlander, World Champion

“The most hilarious book about socialism since Karl Marx and his brother Harpo wrote their joke book.”

Hari Kondabolu

“If socialism is such a great idea, why don’t we have it yet? This book explains why with plain language, humor and common sense. If enough people read it, it might spark the revolution.”

Howie Hawkins, 2014 Green Party candidate for governor of New York

“If the Communist Manifesto and America’s Funniest Home Videos had a baby, it would be Danny Katch’s new book. It’s a hilarious and fun way to think about what’s wrong with our world, how it could be different, and how we might get there. Keep an extra copy of Socialism…Seriously in your bag and hand it to the next person who asks you what socialism is all about—as long as that person is not your boss… seriously.”

Brian Jones, educator and socialist activist

“I’ve been waiting for someone to write this book—a light-hearted easy read that packs an intro course on socialism into a short volume. With jokes that made me laugh out loud, and a lot of heart. Socialism is for lovers, indeed.”

Sarah Jaffe, independent journalist and host, Dissent magazine’s “Belabored” podcast

“Danny Katch brings the socialist vision to life — Socialism … Seriously is incredibly readable.”

Bhaksar SunkaraJacobin

“Just read Socialism…Seriously by Danny Katch. Dazzling introduction to revolutionary road. Terrific read.”

Bill Ayers


“Danny Katch has better comic bomb sights than Jon Stewart: his outrageous, passionate sarcasm always falls exactly on target.”

Mike Davis, author, In Praise of Barbarians


Danny Katch is an activist and humorist often accused of not knowing the difference. He has contributed chapters to Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History and is the author of America’s Got Democracy! The Making of the World’s Longest Running Reality Show and Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People. When he is not coming up with absurdly long book titles, he writes regularly for Socialist Worker.


America’s Got Democracy! The Making of the World’s Longest Running Reality Show

Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People


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