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im working with some comrades on some pro-union palm cards. my job is to write down the process on how to form a union

can any of you smarter and wittier comrades able to help?
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An example of what worked, unfortunately without much detail:

> ‘A marathon, not a sprint’: how Chris Smalls defied Amazon to form a union
> Grassroots methods to woo coworkers to join the ‘revolution’ worked even as the company came for him with all its might

What managers are trained to look out for:

> Target directing store managers to prevent workers from unionizing
> New leaked training guidelines prompt managers to look for warning signs of worker and labor union organizing
> Leaked training documents from Target, one of the largest retailers in the US, reveal how the company is directing management at stores to prevent workers from organizing unions.
> LEAK: Target’s Anti-Worker/Anti-Union Training
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> More than 100 of the coffee shop’s locations have unionized, while just one Amazon warehouse has managed it
> Tue 14 Jun 2022
> “Amazon and Starbucks have the same anti-union animus, but the resources that Amazon has spent have been really extraordinary. And then there’s the constant surveillance of people. In Bessemer, there were 1,100 cameras on site. The spigot never shuts off on spending money to fight unions.”


will read later.


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The history of space travel. I want all material, factoids, trivia, books on space. From Sputnik to the recent Crew Dragon and further beyond
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I don't feel too well spacebros


The peak was the Tesla in space with the Falcon Heavy. I admit I was excited too. Now, Starlink isn't as popular outside "enthusiasts" because it isn't flashy and Musk is being a bitch.


Relativistic/FTL travel is pretty much a non-starter. If it's possible to do interstellar travel we are probably going to have to warp space, make wormholes, or something like that.



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Footage of an attempt to resuscitate the bodies of the Soyuz 11 crew. They were buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis near Yuri Gagarin. The Soyuz was extensively re-designed for safety, protocols were updated to require a spacesuit be worn at all times, the Sokol spacesuit was designed in response as well.

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are there any tips to retaining memory of theory that you've read? I've just started and i feel like i'm missing large parts and just taking the overall message
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do amphetamines before reading


I recommend remnote.


Don't just take notes, but take specific notes:
>when a point comes together, write it down and try to distill/summarize it
>when you have questions/confusion about something, write it down
>when you see a reference to some other work, write that down too
It helps if you put section headers in your notes and mark the relevant page numbers when looking at the notes later. After you have read a section/chapter, go back over the notes you took from that part and review. This will help you remember what you read and you might find some questions have been answered.

It also helps to skim through something before you read it. Start reading a book with the table of contents, so you can see what the chapters will cover and in what order. Maybe even skim the chapters and see how they're broken into sections. If you really want to help fix it in your head, read the first paragraph or two of each chapter (in most books this will give you a sense of what the chapter is going to do). And before you read any individual chapter, definitely skim through to see how it's organized. This will help your brain build a structured understanding of the book, which helps with retaining the information.


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It also helps to revisit your notes every few days. Your memory works like this half life graph. Your memory of what you read goes down like the graph here. But every time you revisit your notes, your memory goes back to hundred. The way I usually do it is I revisit what my notes the next day, then three days later, then a week later, then a month. It only takes a few minutes to revise.


>made a thread on "how to read theory"
this mf is not reading at all

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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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>assuming it's a liberal not a neonazi


>N-not muh libruls!
Germany is full of fucking liberals, and liberals have consistently demonstrated nazi sympathies in the past 4 months, stanning for Azov and a priori having rhetoric that mirrored nazi ones.


An anon in the Ukraine General posted an informative thread about Centuria and Azov's recent "totally non-nazi" rebranding:


The funny thing is that the Centuria march photo is rather reminiscent of the Nazi Cathedral of Light.


The sub "UkraineNaziWatch" which is mostly a one man project it seems, has compiled quite a bit of media supporting the pervasiveness of institutionalized Nazis in Ukraine. I'm surprised that ,however small or unseen it is, it hasn't been closed down by Reddit admins on keywords and stray reports alone lol


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It was a dress rehearsal, without which the final victory of the proletariat in October 1917 would have been impossible. (Lenin)

The revolution of 1905 came as a surprise to everyone, although Russia had been going to it for a long time. For example, the American historian Richard Pipes considers it a prologue to the student unrest of 1899. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Izvolsky believed that the tsarist regime began to collapse even under Alexander III, and the publicist Mark Vishnyak counted the end of the autocracy from the mid-1870s, when Alexander II stopped the Great Reforms and decided to" freeze " the country. Russia and the ruling dynasty could only be saved from revolution by the introduction of a constitutional monarchy. But the last Romanovs, in an effort to preserve the unshakable autocratic foundations of their power, eventually lost everything and led the country to the catastrophe of 1917.

Interactive map of the 1905 revolution
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Hands Off Russia
was written by William Paul
and published in 1919

This copy belonged to Alfred Comrie,
who was a founder member
of the Communist Party of Great Britain

Taken from http://www.heartfield.org/HandsOffRussia.htm


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"Jambourg" is apparently a francization of Yamburg, now named Kingisepp, after Viktor Kingissepp, founder of the Estonian Communist Party in 1920 and a Chekist before then, executed by the Estonian secret police in '22.

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Don't ask how, but now I'm responsible for a club of high-schoolers that are self-described "baby leftists" and want to learn more. As far as I'm aware, they don't seem to be as lib-brained as I expected(though they certainly still are to some extent), so I really don't want to mess this up.

Apart from the classic reading lists of /leftypol/, what are some other accessible texts(history especially, because some of the AP history and english teachers here are quite anti-communist even by lib standards and their curriculums reflect that) that I could give them and expect them to get through?
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>* History has gone well, not even just Killing Hope and the like, using things like the documents on CIA-Sponsored coups(they stock some of the Latin America Readers here) have also been highly educational.
Don't forget the classic, when they're ready, Open Veins of South America. But at that point they'd also be read for Black Shirts and Reds.
Also for you OP I'd recommend Pedagogy of the Oppressed and The Ignorant School Master to help you on your tutoring/education facilitation ways.
>* One of the kids asked me if they should join the IYSSE, and I didn't know what to tell them, because on one hand they're actually taking initiative and joining an org, on the other hand it might be bad op-sec for them. What do you think, anons?
>* So far, the biggest non-demsoc parties near me seem to be the PSL, PLP, and whatever WSWS people are(there were people handing out WSWS articles just outside the school after school hours). Which of these(if any) do you think are worth their time?
I think it's a teachable moment. Get them to do some reasearch on each group, even just a Wikiglow search (but start with the official sites of the orgs). Compare them, and let them decide which they'd be interested in joining up with BUT advise they don't jump in too much too soon…


Just realised three of my suggested texts might be a bit too heavy :\


History is one of the most powerful types of texts you can give to people who are new to leftism. By that I don't necessarily mean pushing Howard Zinn (though that can be a good idea, depending on the context), but simply finding a good marxist text about a time period the high-schoolers you're taking care of might be interested. Like, finding out about how nightmarish the formation of capitalism was can be just as powerful as reading Marx. So Parenti (for more recent stuff like Yugoslavia), Thompson, etc. can be great introductions without being too difficult to read.


I like Byung-Chul Han, but he does go on some Hegelian and Heideggerian tangents that are nigh impenetrable if you're not already acquainted with the stuff (and even then…). Graeber is fine though, but maybe some of his other works might be more interesting?


This is a fun one.

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A discussion with Dr. Howard Waitzkin regarding his 1986 study which compared the physical quality of life in socialist countries to that of capitalist countries at the same level of development. He co-
authored the article with Dr. Shirley Cereseto.

They talk about the origin of the study, some of the stats, and what this study would look like if done in 2022.



Is there like an abridged version of "Imperialism, the highest stage of Capitalism"? It just goes on, and on, and on about outdated figures from a century and a half ago. I just want to cut to the point of it. I can't understand how people actually read this shit in current year.




It's literally just 100 pages


It's not a very engaging book, but you can safely skim over the tables and stuff, and the discussions with Kautsky rely on some knowledge of the debates about imperialism during the early 20th century so that's not all that useful nowadays either (though quite interesting as a critique of second international theorizing; shame Lenin didn't respond to Luxemburg in that book). But as with all theory you just gotta power through, one page at a time. No easy way out.

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recommended reading to learn about the IMF and the world bank? They're the financial arm of US imperialism and power projection into the third world. They force structural adjustment programs and high interest loans and labor discipline and austerity and resource extraction onto the 3rd world through soft power, but I wanna know the deets


I haven't managed to read it yet, but apparently Ha-Joon Chang's "Kicking Away the Ladder" is quite good. He's not a marxist since it's pretty much illegal to be one in South Korea, but he seems to be pretty legit as far as the historical information goes.


Also you might want to check out John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman, which though it is not a great book, sheds some light into the actual experiences of the agents that enforce IMF policies.


Could anyone give a rundown of what exactly was it that Einstein proposed in response to Bohr's stochastic atomic model, and more to the point, what are the actual material implications of either interpretation being true?

Also I am curious what exactly was the point of disagreement? As I understand, the Einstein's critique was that a particle couldn't be undefined (the whole god playing dice quote), and that it is a mistake to propose it as being statistically determined in its position. But isn't this a case of both Bohr and Einstein being right and wrong at the same time? As far as I understand, Bohr's idea is just a best-effort way to empyrically predict and describe a particles location, basically meaning that yes, Einstein is correct and the particle does have a concrete and determined physical location, its just that for the limited power of human observation the best we can do to find it is the probabilistic Bohr model. But this is just how I understand with my limited knowladge on the subject. Is this a correct understanding of the situation?

And finally, has the Bohr model (Copenhagen interpretation) even have any legitimate alternatives? It seems Einstein was decisively the "loser" of the debate, and the Bohr model is now globally accepted as correct.



So the gist of Einstein's position (from the EPR paper which you can find on the internet) is that the quantum state is not a complete description of reality, because he assumes some "hidden variables" – i.e. that a particle HAS a specific value for a variable, but that it cannot be measured exactly.

In fact, this position has proven to be incorrect thanks to the expreimental verification of Bell's Inequalities. So it has been experimentally proven that a quantum system does NOT have a specific eigenstate for non-commuting operators. It's not about the inability to measure it due to technical limitations. If you are slightly savy in the technical details of QM you can watch John Preskill's lecture on Bell's Inequalites.

The current interpretation that most working phycists hold would be the "minimal interpretation" which can't be boiled down to "it's just how things are don't try to explain it further". Personally, I quite like this because you can't expect human intuition to actually correspond to how things work on different scales, in the same way that Special and General relativity are also, to say the least, counter-intuitive. If you're interested in this there is a section at the end of Chapter 2 of Audretsch's book called "Entangled Systems".

There are literally no material implications of either interpretation being correct due to the fact that historical materialism is a theory dealing with a specific scale, that of human life and experience, which is unaffected by the laws at the quantum level.

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