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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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 No.5669[Reply]

What are the best books on Russian, Chinese and the failed German Revolution and East Germany.
Books about other communist revolutions and state establishments are also welcome.

I want to know everything that happened before and after those events occurred
I want to know how the conditions and reasons for revolution happened in the first place
I want to know what happened during the civil wars
I want to know what happened after they won or lost
I want to know what were the mistakes they made

Don't care how many books to get a full understanding but as long as they're credible and good it's fine by me. I prefer PDFs.
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 No.6199

>>6018
>>6024
Fanshen is also pretty good, it focuses on a single village between 1945-7 (I think). There are plenty of interviews with the peasants and cadres. Hinton does a good job explaining the successes, excesses, and failures of various stages of the revolution.

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 No.12066

The Prophet Armed, Deutscher

Very fun read, gives good context for the situation that led to the Russian Revolution, and also the immediate decisions that were made, and kind of gets into all of that stuff (it's a biography of Trotsky btw - he also did a biography on Lenin and Stalin).

Also: Twenty Years in Underground Russia: Memoirs of a Rank-and-File Bolshevik – Cecilia Bobrovskaya

I hear it's good, I havent read it and don't have a pdf.

 No.12067

>>12066
Don't forget Trotsky's own History of the Russian Revolution. It's really, really fucking good. Each chapter is written as an in-the-moment narrative, then at the end of each chapter Trotsky gives a breakdown of all the theoretical lessons. The book perpetuates some myths about the revolution and especially Lenin's April Theses, but I don't care because it's just such a page turner. Definitely Trotsky's best work.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1930/hrr/



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 No.11269[Reply]

I think there's value in memorizing theory. Brute force memorization, not just understanding. You can memorize using tools like Anki (look it up, amazing program)

Let's share topics every communist should memorize and maybe we can work together to compile list of facts to memorize for each topic?

Examples off the top of my head

>Key dates and facts related to the lives of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, etc.

>Key dates and facts relating to AES countries like their dates of formation, circumstances of formation, etc
>Key dates of US interventions and AES sabotage operations

>Facts related to capitalist deprivation like deaths, hunger, all wars, deaths in wars, etc.


>Memorize summaries of key theoretical texts by heart, i.e. knowing how to point someone to "Part 2 Section 4 of Das Kapital" for a piece of relevant theory, WITHOUT looking it up


Is there any value to this type of thing do you all think?
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 No.11275

>>11273
>>11274
Just providing the counterpoint.

 No.11276

>>11273
Another good source is this:
https://github.com/dessalines

This is going to be hard to compile, but once we achieve an excel document with tabs for each topic which can be exported to CSV format, we can make an anki deck and share it in the megathread for any visitor to download and memorize

 No.11772

>>11276
Just want to make sure this thread doesn't die. I haven't done any work on this thread's goal sorry guys. Maybe if others can help brainstorm we can get started

 No.11859

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Bump

 No.12065

https://www.neelnanda.io/blog/43-making-friends

found this post on using anki for memorizing tons of shit
I always thought anki was just flash cards for ppl who are too lazy to use physical cards lol. I guess it might be worth trying.

In general tho i'm skeptical of the value [says person bumping dead thread] of memorizing theory or nerd dates, it comes off as cultish and at best individualistic (like as if we just need to train a certain number of ubermensch communist warrior monks before we get communism). I think it could be really useful on a personal level though to just remember interesting shit, and also for having a memory of events you'd want to remind people of (like idk, the state assassinating communists while they sleep, etc. - the fact that the fascist mobs in Italy 1922 tried this as well, got GTFO by the workers, and then the navy of the democratically elected Italian gov shelled the workers anyways for resisting the fascists)

I think this could be extremely important, since together we (all people in society) form a social brain, and if we don't keep our social memory alive, it'll wither. So be that one neuron or w/e that keeps some important memories alive and diffusing into public consciousness! It's a good idea. (just, maybe not for shit like when lenin died or how many bushels of grain the soviets didn't force from the kulaks, etc.)



 No.9252[Reply]

ITT post information about the history and anthropology of the New World. A lot of new anthropological work has been done in this field in recent decades that has not yet entered public consciousness.
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 No.12027

>>12026
The UNESCO´s collection on the history of the caribbean is also great, that one is about the entire archipelago chain and is also in english xd

 No.12035

>>12023
I also want to see some recs for this comrade

 No.12043

>>12035
I'm just gonna start with Richard White's The Middle Ground I guess.

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>>12043
Turning out to be really good, lol



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 No.1250[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Drop those PDF's or else
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 No.11676

>>11675
yeah right here
>>9705
>>9706

 No.11770

Anyone have that new Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad book?

 No.11988

>>11770
i assume you mean this one, grabbed off libgen

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 No.12055[Reply]

The rigth to be greedy book migth be the worst fucking book I seen on egoism and communism .

The book starts out by making two contradictory statemenets from the get go:

>1

Greed in its fullest sense is the only possible basis of communist society.
2
The present forms of greed lose out, in the end, because they turn out to be not greedy enough.’’

<Greed is not in it’s fullness in communist society, as a greedy society would be a capitalist one . That’s not to say that individual greed is capitalist . I can bee greedy and not be a capitalist .


it claims that the old forms of greed lose out when they are not ‘‘Greedy enough’’ wich seems to be correct until it is coupled with statement 1. The book tries to explain how the Narrow Egoism of Max Stirner is a weak egoism when compared to ‘‘communist egoism’’ because Stirner’s egoism takes into account only my quantity of ‘‘egoism’’ while in communist society, egoism is quantitavely larger in scope due to the fact that “society” is egoistic .
So in a summary this book argues that weaker Stirner’s egoism “will lose out in the end because it is not as greedy as communist egoism : a society where people are so egoists that they demand a stateless, classless and moneyless society where the surplus value of labour is retained and all members of society enjoy the fruits of labour according to their need.”

Or in a simple term : the collective egoism is stronger then my egoism so therefore it would always win over my own egoism.
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 No.6162[Reply]

This is part of the reading series we're doing in the Continental Floppa reading group formerly the anti-Anglo reading group. The plan is to read 1 chapter per week (breaking up chapter 3 into the 3 lectures). This is a selection of lectures and essays by Louis Althusser on the topics of philosophy relative to science and politics. This thread is for discussion and to invite people to the reading group, which can be found here https://matrix.to/#/!mjlMGagFTDhvgxMWhY:matrix.org/

Our schedule has recently changed. We now discuss on Sundays.
UTC (UTC +0) 19:00 (5pm) Universal time
EDT (UTC -4) 15:00 (3pm) Eastern US (daylight savings time)
CEST (UTC +2) 21:00 (7pm) Central Europe (summer time)

The next session will be Sunday 27th June, covering essay 1:
Theory, Theoretical Practice and Theoretical Formation: Ideology and Ideological Struggle
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 No.9913

>>6162
I see the idea of the revisionist Althusser still have a stranglehold on a certain segment of the left.
Get it ? :xD

 No.10092

>>9913
murddur :DDD

 No.10098

>>6173
because they’re the only philosophers that care about science, that’s it

 No.10124

Althusser Corrects Marx by Ernest Mandel: https://www.marxists.org/archive/mandel/1971/01/althusser.html

I recommend people read this.

 No.12053

>>7000
Hi, op of the post, idk why I thought it would be considered a "theory" to apply mavolvs pyramid into people having an inherit ideology. I guess that what's happen when you read Louis, your brain breaks since of his garbage writing style.



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 No.5724[Reply]

Let's have a thread about chemistry. I can't be the only amateur chemist on here. To please the mods, everything in here is purely academic. Check local laws before you embark on your projects. And before you do anything, make sure you have appropriate safety equipment. Think about the worst thing that could happen to your reaction, because chances are it will. Don't be stupid.

Resources
https://www.sciencemadness.org/ The go-to site for amateur chemists
Wiki: http://www.sciencemadness.org/smwiki/index.php/Main_Page
Forums, require email registration: https://www.sciencemadness.org/whisper/

Archive.org has plenty of old chemistry textbooks. The most useful ones for me are those meant to teach youngsters from the early 1900's.

YouTube
NurdRage, the OG channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/NurdRage
NileRed, the internet's premier piss chemist: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRedNile
NileBlue, secondary channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1D3yD4wlPMico0dss264XA
Explosions&Fire, energetic materials: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVovvq34gd0ps5cVYNZrc7A
Extractions&Ire, secondary channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvFApMFo_AafXbHRyEJefjA
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 No.12046

What do I use to measure mass in the micro range? Conventional scales don‘t seem appropriate, needless to say

 No.12047

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>>11976
>How do you predict how two substances will react and what they will produce?
what substances did you have in mind?
>Or is chemistry some sort of big library of trial and error where you memorize what happens?
picrel
>Right now I'm trying to make a hydrogen peroxide solution more acidic, but I don't know how much it will compromise the hydrogen peroxide concentration itself, because the acid may react with it.
what acid?
>>12046
sometimes you can dissolve a known larger amount in a solution then take a suitable fraction of the solution

 No.12048

>>12047
> >How do you predict how two substances will react and what they will produce?
>what substances did you have in mind?
>>Or is chemistry some sort of big library of trial and error where you memorize what happens?
>picrel
Yeah nvm, I figured in the meantime that chemistry essentially is some sort of large library of known facts through experimentation where only category wise we can predict some things that are essentially already known. At least that‘s how I would put it.

>>Right now I'm trying to make a hydrogen peroxide solution more acidic, but I don't know how much it will compromise the hydrogen peroxide concentration itself, because the acid may react with it.

>what acid?
Phosphoric acid. But never mind, I already figured that one out. Both are weak acids, but phosphoric acid is much stronger and will be the main determinant of the resulting pH. Also it won‘t have a reaction with the hydrogen peroxide itself as far as I understand it.

>sometimes you can dissolve a known larger amount in a solution then take a suitable fraction of the solution

True, but the substance I bought was expensive as fuck and I only have small quantities of it. I‘m getting a proper scale for it and will increase the volume of the solution, although I wanted to avoid that.

 No.12049

>>12048
>Yeah nvm, I figured in the meantime that chemistry essentially is some sort of large library of known facts through experimentation where only category wise we can predict some things that are essentially already known. At least that‘s how I would put it.
chemistry is more or less "lies for children" all the way down. but often times those lies work well enough
>True, but the substance I bought was expensive as fuck and I only have small quantities of it. I‘m getting a proper scale for it and will increase the volume of the solution, although I wanted to avoid that.
you could try and make a coke line out of it then cut a piece of it by length
I have a scale with 10mg resolution. once you want to go more accurate than that prices quickly shoot up

 No.12050

>you could try and make a coke line out of it then cut a piece of it by length
I have a scale with 10mg resolution. once you want to go more accurate than that prices quickly shoot up
Yeah, I will have to blow some money for that



 No.11991[Reply]

This has to be the most incel shit I've ever read. Are there any texts which make a similar argument to this one albeit are written from a leftist point-of-view?
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 No.12021

>>11991
>>11991
I haven't read evola but maybe check out the situationists and Frankfurt school, western or hegelian marxism, broadly speaking.

 No.12022

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>>12015
>Yockey
Given his adjacency to British fascists, probably would be worthwhile to read this also.

 No.12024

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You'd be hard-pressed to find anything even remotely close to this from a leftist point of view, you can't exactly have an anti-progress traditionalist leftist book. Maybe Camatte after he broke his brain?
Just read Althusser for similar views on women

 No.12025

>>12021
>Hegelian Marxism
The opposite. You want something that interprets Marxism as a negative dialectic, not a positive one.

 No.12045

>>12022
Yockey is explicitly opposed to the social darwinist/biological determinist model of race, there's an entire (substantial) section in Imperium dedicated to this. As I said, weird liminal category–not traditionally 'third-way' in any sense which could be deemed equivalent to run of the mill fascists, despite his support for them. Similar to Heidegger in this sense.



 No.12041[Reply]

Can you guys recommend history books on South Africa, specifically surrounding colonization and also Apartheid? Books on modern day South Africa are good too. I just want material that addresses the subject of racism and white supremacy there.


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 No.9906[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Thread dedicated to debunking western propaganda and information relating to the NATO encirclement of Russia, Ukrainian government's mistreatment of ethnic Russian minorities and support of fascist militias to do its bidding. Criticism of Russia and its occupation is welcomed aswell.
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 No.11631

I need the expose on the tornado battalion and their abduction and rape of children so I can repost on reddit.

 No.11701

telling

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 No.11963

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anyone have the full catalog of pic rels

 No.12039

>>11963
3/4 of those are from this article

https://archive.ph/44B9Q

the 4th one is from some communist subreddit that probably doesn't exist anymore



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