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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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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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Just providing the counterpoint.


Another good source is this:

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


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


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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.)


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:


Greed in its fullest sense is the only possible basis of communist society.
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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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.
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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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I see the idea of the revisionist Althusser still have a stranglehold on a certain segment of the left.
Get it ? :xD


murddur :DDD


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


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

I recommend people read this.


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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Honest question: if the Vatican II council was truly a product of communist infiltration (as tradcaths love to claim) how the FUCK did it fly under the radar of the CIA?

In the 1960s the CIA was overthrowuyghovernments around the world, manipulating leftist movements, engaging in mass disinformation campaigns, and so on. If they got word the biggest and most powerful religious institution in the world was infiltrated by communist agents who were pushing all sorts of reforms in the Church, why did they do nothing about it? Or if they did, why do we have no record of it?

Not to mention, how did all the alleged commie priests in the US fly under the radar of the FBI during McCarthyism?
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What the hell is this Fatima shit about?


"errors of Russia"

"consecrate Russia" -> Consecrated whole world

"Immaculate heart will triumph" - Vague victory

Marian Apparitions: Fatima, Our Lady of Akita

End times esque quackery.

Advice for atheists when looking at Catholic Theology:
1. Ignore the belief, look at the outcome. The "Holy Family" is antiLGBT. The "Respect for Life" as a rebrand for ending Womans Choice.
2. Remember that these are quackers. Don't look to hard at it.

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pfft svc had nothing to do with leftism, it meant the acceptance of the church towards bourgeoisie liberalism. just a way to keep the institution alive after totalitarian regimes fell out of favour


New vid on the subject.


This pretty much.

V2 also threw a bone to fascism IIRC.


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


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


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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


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


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.


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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I've been making my way through Karl Kautsky's major works lately and have made it to Lenin's personal favorite, The Road to Power of 1909. Only one problem: the public domain translation on marxists.org is by the Simons couple, and judging by their other German translations I've read, it's probably hot garbage.

Which is why I've come here: apparently there is a 1996 new translation by Raymond Meyer that is "much better". Does anyone know if this book has been scanned anywhere? It's not on Libgen, but I was wondering if anyone with access to academic library services could look for a digital copy. I'm not even 100% sure that the Meyer translation can be bought physically anymore, the reviews are complaining about library scans and the like which would suggest it's the old public domain Simons translation.

Also I guess any discussion of the book goes here too. I recommend reading Kautsky, you'd be surprised how many concepts and slogans originate with him ("socialism or barbarism" for instance).
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Thanks. This will definitely be my next project to get the speeches transcribed into the actual W. Liebknecht archive. After that, there's a good chance I'll do Lassalle and Bebel too.


Work on Wilhelm Liebknecht's volume is well underway. I've just got to finish linking up all the contextual notes and it will be ready to publish.

On another note, I found this promotion at the end of the Lassalle book. It looks like the Voices of Revolt series was originally slated to be far larger than it ended up being. Babeuf and Blanqui in particular I wish could have been released.

PS: does anyone have any idea who translated these? It's a total shot in the dark, but they don't list it in the book.


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Fuck me, these contextual notes are not worth the effort. They're not endnotes per say, instead it's just a glossary at the back of the book you can refer to if you don't know a person, etc. That means to add them I basically have to memorize the whole glossary and then read the whole book a second time to find all the terms and add them in order. I've already done half of the book so I'm committed now, but if I ever do any of the other Voices of Revolt books I'm doing a straight transcription of the glossary with none of that hyperlink shit.

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Once this thing launches it will be a massive step forward for astronomy. This thread is for any future discoveries it makes. Or for discussing the implications of any discoveries that JWST makes.
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Stop shitting up this board and coping when getting called out


you first


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You lost, Blake
Back to ghostwriting for Thiel


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>In this mosaic image stretching 340 light-years across, Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) displays the Tarantula Nebula star-forming region in a new light, including tens of thousands of never-before-seen young stars that were previously shrouded in cosmic dust. The most active region appears to sparkle with massive young stars, appearing pale blue. Scattered among them are still-embedded stars, appearing red, yet to emerge from the dusty cocoon of the nebula. NIRCam is able to detect these dust-enshrouded stars thanks to its unprecedented resolution at near-infrared wavelengths.
>To the upper left of the cluster of young stars, and the top of the nebula’s cavity, an older star prominently displays NIRCam’s distinctive eight diffraction spikes, an artifact of the telescope’s structure. Following the top central spike of this star upward, it almost points to a distinctive bubble in the cloud. Young stars still surrounded by dusty material are blowing this bubble, beginning to carve out their own cavity. Astronomers used two of Webb’s spectrographs to take a closer look at this region and determine the chemical makeup of the star and its surrounding gas. This spectral information will tell astronomers about the age of the nebula and how many generations of star birth it has seen.
>Farther from the core region of hot young stars, cooler gas takes on a rust color, telling astronomers that the nebula is rich with complex hydrocarbons. This dense gas is the material that will form future stars. As winds from the massive stars sweep away gas and dust, some of it will pile up and, with gravity’s help, form new stars.
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>This image of the Cartwheel and its companion galaxies is a composite from Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which reveals details that are difficult to see in the individual images alone.
>This galaxy formed as the result of a high-speed collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The Cartwheel is composed of two rings, a bright inner ring and a colorful outer ring. Both rings expand outward from the center of the collision like shockwaves.
>However, despite the impact, much of the character of the large, spiral galaxy that existed before the collision remains, including its rotating arms. This leads to the “spokes” that inspired the name of the Cartwheel Galaxy, which are the bright red streaks seen between the inner and outer rings. These brilliant red hues, located not only throughout the Cartwheel, but also the companion spiral galaxy at the top left, are caused by glowing, hydrocarbon-rich dust.
>In this near- and mid-infrared composite image, MIRI data are colored red while NIRCam data are colored blue, orange, and yellow. Amidst the red swirls of dust, there are many individual blue dots, which represent individual stars or pockets of star formation. NIRCam also defines the difference between the older star populations and dense dust in the core and the younger star populations outside of it.
>Webb’s observations capture the Cartwheel in a very transitory stage. The form that the Cartwheel Galaxy will eventually take, given these two competing forces, is still a mystery. However, this snapshot provides perspective on what happened to the galaxy in the past and what it will do in the future.
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What are some of the most ethical careers a leftist can take part in with regards to not exploiting anyone under them and not doing damage to the environment? Which blue collar and white collar jobs are leftist approved (preferably careers that don't require a degree)?
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thank you for your service


Ethical is weird when you consider different approaches to the spook that is 'good'.

Is it more ethical to exploit no other workers, or to become the people who exploit them and therefore have the power to enable change for them?
I make a lot of money protecting a capitalist financial company from capitalist financial crime. I have a singular income in the top 5-10% of the country. I would prefer a socialist to have that income than a capitalist or griller. Money is a major part of power under capitalism, I can and do use it to financially support communist parties and unions.
So is it more ethical to exploit no-one, or to seize the power over them and attempt to use it to relieve their exploitation? That's a subjective question.

I provide their mom a service


Based. My goal is to become as rich as possible for personal gain, but it is undeniable that monied people have more influence on society after a certain threshold.

My org does wonders with paltry money. With a monthly donation of 1k USD, man, I can only dream. If I were properly monied, an easy 100k donation would propell us forward ridiculously.


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hmm today I will become a police officer to fix the system by being a good cop


if you go into management, it's a mafia. you will one day have to bend the knee and kiss the pope's ring, and if you don't you can say goodbye to your career. it could be that one day you'll have to fire a comrade, or defend a manager who was abusing a disabled man. or a pedo who was grooming the 16 yr old checkout girls.

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Hello /edu/! /read/ ( >>5912 ) here to announce a new project to you. It's https://archive.marxists.xyz. It's a new public archive of Marxist texts and books, where anyone can edit and format texts.

We're running what is essentially the Marxist counterpart to The Anarchist Library, same software and all. There are a few advantages this software provides us over a traditional site like marxists.org:
>uses a database for storing data, easier to maintain over time
>texts are formatted in a simple markup language, adding new texts is incredibly easy
>site automatically generates various formats of ebooks for use on different devices or even printing
>advanced search and browsing function
and best of all, it's public, so anyone can contribute! Whether adding new translations or just fixing a typo on an already published piece, anyone can help!

The goal of the archive is to be a public place anyone can use to publish Marxist literature in a general sense, whether republished content from other sources, or new translations and original writings. We try to be non-sectarian, as our community itself is diverse. We'll let most classic works be published right away, but original pieces will require a closer look by moderation.

We've already published a few different pieces so you can see for yourself how it all works. For example this one: archive.marxists.xyz/library/friedrich-engels-principles-of-communism

We'd love to have contributions from you! We also invite the translation team at >>2085 to publish their work on our site.

That is all for now, thank you.
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Probably, as eveything else was seemingly fine.


Typo fixed, thanks for pointing it out. That said, if you ever find a mistake in a text like this, you can edit it yourself. There's a button for that on the top header where the different file downloads are, simply click it, edit the text and submit it for moderation.

Nothing very formal, just a quick look through texts as they get edited. We should probably get a proper spellchecking set up.

Glad you're making good use of the site anon.


Did the site die?


I have the same question.


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