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'The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses.' - Karl Marx
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Reading group for Volume 1 of Capital. The reading pace will adjust to suit the group, but we will aim for an average of 1 chapter per week, starting slower and speeding up as we move from abstract to concrete toward the end.

The Book
The version we are using as our standard is the Penguin Classics edition (attached .epub) but others including other languages are fine. We are only planning to read Volume 1 currently.
There has also been an audiobook suggested which matches this version of the text and may be useful to helping read it.
Audiobook: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUjbFtkcDBlSHVigHHx_wjaeWmDN2W-h8

The Format
This thread is intended for
<announcements and updates
<supplementary material.
<long-form posts, effortposts, OC
<slower discussion in general
The matrix chat is intended for
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“In both these cases, the spinner puts the same
quantity of labour into a pound of cotton, and therefore adds as much value, as
he did before the change in the value: he also produces a given weight of yarn
in the same time as he did before. Nevertheless, the value that he transfers
from the cotton to the yarn is either one-sixth of what it was before the
variation, or, as the case may be, six times as much as before. The same result
occurs when the value of the instruments of labour rises or falls, while their
useful efficacy in the process remains unaltered.”

If I understand this correctly, this is Marx making a separation of use-value and exchange-value?


“Whether the value of cotton rise from one shilling to two shillings, or
fall to sixpence, the workman invariably preserves in the product of one hour
only one half as much value as he preserves in two hours. In like manner, if
the productiveness of his own labour varies by rising or falling, he will in
one hour spin either more or less cotton, as the case may be, than he did
before, and will consequently preserve in the product of one hour, more or less
value of cotton; but, all the same, he will preserve by two hours’ labour twice
as much value as he will by one.”

This one I don't understand. Is this one talking about the limits of productivity or something like that?


A list of reading groups and their schedules that have chosen to advertise themselves here. Take a minute to check them out. If you would like to promote your reading group, feel free to leave a comment telling people where they can go.

>>5912 /read/

>>6162 Continental Floppa
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/kapital/ 2023 is >>12217 here.


The fiction chapter was actually pretty nice and made me a bit happier about paying full price for the book. I do feel like it would have been better with fewer citations and more primary arguments. I would hope that the authors can collaborate with eco-marxist academics or literature in the future to produce a substantial, interdisciplinary work, which includes a lot more social science.

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ITT: resources and tips about navigating the Internet and researching topics

Feel free to post your own resources and tips too.

I'm going to post a lot of my own that I have gathered over the years.
I ask that random chit-chat in this thread is kept to a minimum except regarding technical questions & answers on the topic matter.
This is so that resources are kept as compact as possible, and so, readable.

First I'll dump resources and tips for researching various topics.
Note: I don't even have access to or use some of these myself (e.g. LexisNexis which seems to be pay-to-use), but I figure they could be helpful in some narrow cases. I use most of these myself. If the initial things I post don't interest you, keep reading anyway. I'm going to be dumping a lot of content.

Find key terms in newspapers and magazines.
I would say this is more helpful for finding sources that do exist rather than for reading them, per se. You can try to read the articles elsewhere than PressReader if you know their titles or part of their body text. The site appears to brand itself as pay-to-use, however you can use the search tool anyway and even read some resulting articles.
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https://archive.ph/dMn5N, save with control+s.
if you feel savvy, you can use https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/wpull
a comparison of web archiving tools exists here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FqxwaZnIhhQ7jDCC-W64NMRf5rDeh2Shx3u01MsBmTQ
or as pdf version in file attached. (if the pdf doesn't render well use zathura (linux) or sumatra pdf (windows)


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Drop those PDF's or else
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I miss him, he got me onto kierkegaard. Keynes too, to some extent. I oughta pick up Ragged, Rebel never let me down on reading recommendations


because the historical context of the grundrisse might be confusing to people unfamiliar with the time marx live din


There's already historical context in the Grundrisse
Again, it's a bunch of expository notes for a critique of political economy
Very straight-forward and self-explaining



Can someone upload pdfs about León Blum and his political activism, social reforms, etc?

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Give me the TL;DR on him.
I've skimmed through some introductory materials of his writings and they catch my curiosity yet I am too brainlet to actually read them. What exactly is schizoanalysis and how does capitalism relate to schizophrenia?
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There's a pretty cool playlist on youtube called Deleuze for the Desperate where a professor tries to give an explanation of some Deleuzean concepts, mainly from A Thousand Plateaus. Can help get your feet wet and guide your focus to read based on what ideas are most interesting or what "clicks" most with your understanding. Deleuzean "schizo" type theory is not really something you need to or "should" read in a linear manner. Approach it as it suits you and absorb the information the way the roots of a plant absorb water and nutrients from the soil.

The playlist
Embedded vidrel is the first video


>Why do you find reading difficult, anon?
Short attention span. Get exasperated. I find it hard to consistently read every day or so, making a habit of it is hard.


Just bought a used copy of anti-oedipus, stole a notebook and pens for notes, ready to take my first crack at this shit. will update in 24 hours with how its going.


Apparently his fingers were sensitive and it hurt too much to cut them.

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Recently got this book, because it sounded interesting and reading the first pages I found it to be promising. So I'm dropping it in here. Perhaps we can talk about it.

It's a collection of essays by Evald Ilyenkov, a Soviet philosopher, who acted as a figure to make Hegel's role in Marxism understandable and accessible to the general public.
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Nah it's this
It seems like you wouldn't be into it, not enough weird projection about being obsessed with random e-celebs


yes, I‘m sure you wear your big boy pants too when you read your big scary book


Okay, stick to jerking off to TikTok then


damn crypto positivist.
Diamat is theory.


>Evald Ilyenkov
I like some of his stuff but he's a bit too much of a hegelian for me. I lean towards the anti Humanist stances, kinda like althusser though I think his structuralism leans too far much into postmodern positions and his comments on political economy can be retarded especially on the productive relations. their was a brand of anti Humanist sentiment within the early Soviet Union though (prolekult specifically, though I have my issues with them).
> i never read any hegel, only marx+lenin+stalin
Have you ever thought about reading Plekhanov before?


Hey, I've seen this thread before a bunch of times, but upon searching it in the catalog I couldn't find anything.

The site is filled up with amazing PDF's that I really want to read, but because I've spent most of my life coasting on general knowledge and cramming, I have no study habits to speak of. I really want to be able to write theory, but to do so I'm going to need a lot more books under my belt.

Additionally I spent a lot of my life playing lots and lots of video games and browsing lots of social media so as a result my attention span is completely fucked. I want to get back to the attention span I had when I was a kid. When I felt like I could stop playing video games whenever I wanted when I felt like reading books were just ss interesting as everything else i wanted to do.

Largely kicked my addiction to video games but I've just supplanted it with social media. The problem seems to be that I need to use my computer and my phone but the distraction and seduction of fast food media is often too great.

Largely kicked my addiction to video games but I've just supplanted it with social media. The problem seems to be that I need to use my computer and my phone but the distraction and seduction of fast food media is often too great.

This thread is for:

-it's about how to build study habits.
-how to effectively organize your time
-Posting your progress and gaining back their attention span.
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That’s what using a computer or fixing problems feels like all the time and I’ve become so accustomed to failure I just stopped.


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After realizing that I didn't check the google drives, (since the only site r/opendirectory had that was was still online I thought it didn't work), I tried it and in 3 minutes I found a drive full of them:

Honestly, it can't be a more fitting ending than this.
I stayed up 6 hours past my bed time because of this

Well with this experience, I learned:
If you're taking too long, do it on a different day.

Too bad I'm too stupid and obsessive to learn this


To download on archive.org you have a few options. If the book is public domain, it usually is available to download straight from the page, no problems. If it is loan only, you have a couple of options, both of which entail having an archive.org account:
1. You can manually loan the book, download the adobe drm file thing and open it in adobe's spyware software (Adobe Digital Editions); it'll download the book, which you can find by clicking in "go to folder" (or something like that) in the drop down menu, where a pdf file will be; you then have to drop this pdf file on a Calibre with the DeDRM plugin installed, which will promptly remove the drm. By then you can just find the book in Calibre's folder strutcture and voilà, you got a free pdf. (I recommend testing if it really removed the DRM by just opening the file). Then you can return the book. This is time-consuming and annoying, but it works.
2. Just use this python script: https://github.com/MiniGlome/Archive.org-Downloader. It works pretty good, and it can do bulk downloads.
I know you solved your problem, but this might be useful for other comrades.


bumping for interest


just tried option 2, thanks anon! it works perfectly.

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i'm curious to learn about him, how catastrophic was he for soviet agriculture or was he actually not all that bad? i'd appreciate some reading material about this matter too thanks
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>Despite the authors trying to make it seem like there is a lot of evidence for Lysenkos observations, they admit the lack of empirical evidence in the final paragraphs.

Nobody does the experiments that go against the dogma, therefore there's no empirical evidence. DUH.

Next, there's also the case of plants and animals having different genetic makeup and the way genes are transmitted, with plants having huge degrees of horizontal gene transfer. Even a simple act of planting a part of one plant into another and connecting them creates hybrids, with fruits from those having hybrid properties. Again, nobody did the experiments, but whenever they do it turns out true.

Wasn't it an american again who tried to hybridize plants along Lysenko's method, but omitting Lysenko entirely? It's kind of hilarious how the defence against the truthdom of Lysenko is that nobody tries to actually disprove him, instead opting for "no sane scientist believes him!"


According to Lysenko wheat would regularly turn into rye without human interference. Why can't this be observed on modern wheat fields? Is the MOG (Mendelian Occupied Government) suppressing the truth?


Only proletarian wheat can do that


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Hey /e/Im a brainlet prole that recently got a scholarships to university, and Im wondering if there are any resources that you could recommend to improve general academic skills with an emphasis on essay writing. I've done a general scan for books and courses on libgen and TPB. But I wanted to get some advise with a left perspective. When I say brainlet I mean dyslexic and when I say prole I mean any unskilled job I can land (bar work, kitchen work, construction, etc.) My degree is in healthcare and administration.
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Niceu dess ne.
Thank you anonysan


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I like this one.


The academic writing style for undergraduates can be summed up with a few key points/

1: Never make any claim that you don't have a source for. Have references for everything.
2: Write from the third person impersonal perspective.




Am I correct in thinking that the amount of ethnic and lingual diversity in Africa implies that these many African ethnic groups barely mix? It seems to me that this must be the product if seclusion or separation. The level of diversity that Africa has just seems unusual to me. What has caused Africa to maintain such level of diversity while other regions of the planet aren‘t that fractured in ethnic and lingual variety?
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It's just basic evolutionary theory, you scientifically illiterate fucks. Over time you get genetic drift, causing a gradual increase in diversity of a population group. The less time you have for genetic drift, and the less diverse the baseline is, the less diverse a population will be. Anatomically modern humans in Africa go back about 200,000 years. Only a minority of the African population ever left (relatively low diversity in seed populations elsewhere), and the migrations that took place happened relatively recently. You should be able to reason this out from first principles. It's extremely basic shit.



>They didn't develop the material conditions in which all the things like cultural assimilation, racism, etc. (things that killed of this type of diversity elswhere) would have been useful on a large scale. Go to precolumbian america and see the same stuff
Precolumbian Americas is the literal exact opposite, the least diverse population on Earth. It's such an extreme example that there was literally a theory that the entire two continents were populated by the descendants of ~70 (not a typo) people who crossed the land bridge.


Yeah, and it was also the most recently inhabited place on Earth with the natives crossing the Bering around only 20K years ago.
Also interesting is that the southern tip (the last place to be ever settled) was predictably home to a very small amount of ethnic groups.


OP asked about both ethnic and linguistic diversity, I think the post you replied to only considered the latter.


>second-largest landmass on the face of the planet after Eurasia
largest landmass on the face of the planet after Eurasia*
>Eurasia is less ethnically and lingually diverse
Lmao the Indian subcontinent and China are already a universe onto their own, let alone the rest

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