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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 want an understanding of this topic farther than the "commie block" meme, both for personal reasons and educating a group of comrades that I have under my guidance.


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Sorry for the vagueness but I don't remember where I heard this from and need to know.
Basically someone a long time ago said that either the GDR (East Germany) or USSR set up a massive computer farm and ran a complicated program assessing multiple variables and the current military balance of power as well economic factors, to try to make some predictions about the eventual course of the Cold War, and the computer basically spat out a prediction along the lines of "socialism's victory is inevitable the socialist bloc just has to hold on and continue resisting until X date/year, and we win by default because Capitalism exhausts itself". And of course IRL the socialist bloc was self-demolished before that victory date providing extra life to captialism.

It was a youtube video explaining this I think? Anyone remember?
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>many things used in computers today had ben developed by Soviet computer techs
Such as?


bump because OP still hasn't gotten his vid


god i wish we used robotrons instead of "pcs"


the model in that pic is literally a PC clone


it could run CP/M though which made it way better than actual PC’s


Post works which you think should be translated into English here.

I'll start: I'm shocked that Karl Kautsky's history of the French Revolution (Die Klassengegensätze von 1789) has never been translated into English. Lenin, Trotsky, and other Bolshevik theorists all had an extensive knowledge of the French Revolution, and Kautsky, the "Pope of Marxism" would presumably have had an immense influence. This work was approved by Engels himself, and may have been foundational in establishing the Marxist theory of bourgeois revolution, yet it has never been translated into English.
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there are already 2 translations into english but idk if they're any good



I found this work months ago and I always wanted to read it(I don't know much about Bombacci so whether this was before or after he went full fascist is beyond me), but was never able to find an English translation.


I only just now saw who the hell the author was. I'm sorry for being retarded.



there's a lot, but Michel Clouscard's work

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This is a thread where I wanted to share some works that I read so far and if possible you can share some of things that you shared. Just ask very few things.

1. Do not discriminate against other users based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race/ethnicity, etc.
2. Creative banter is allowed, but no bigotry, slurs (sexist, racist, ableist etc.) or harassing other users.

*Farewell Letter to the Swiss Workers*

Vladimir Lenin

*This is a great address that Vladimir Lenin has made in the topic of the objective conditions that Russia was in and the real necessity of a permanent revolution is to allow socialism to flourish, for socialism can't be established in one country. Capitalism is a international system that uses the international world market for trade and for exchanging commodities into the world market. This includes on how the proletariat is able to function as well by being employed by the same employer despite being in different nations, because the bourgeois could own private property in all of these nations to produce commodities and have resources shipped to them so workers can used them to produce commodities. This only furthers the claim of socialism in one country being impossible to happen, for that would require somehow the system only being around in national basis. But that can't happen, nor can socialism be made in one country, for that suggests that economics entirely is national, no, economics is international. Socialism in One Country is ridiculous. The market power expands on the international scale, hence you can't have an economic system in one country. Hence socialism in one country is impossible. Socialism and Communism has never existed yet at all, there was never any form of socialist and communist society. For money, classes, and the state has not been abolished, which the major thing for socialism to function. Both Socialism and Communism are moneyless, classless, stateless, societies that is based on the free association of labor. The thing here is that what we understand as Russia's workers state, is just a workers state, as in it is the revolution itself that takes place into the ongoing abolition of capitalism for the ongoing establishing of socialism from the efforts of the proletariat themselves rising up, and subjecting the bourgeoise to the authority of the proletariat against the bourgeoisiePost too long. Click here to view the full text.



*A History of the Marxists Internet Archive*

Jack Archie Stewart

*This is a good brief history of the current masterpiece organization that is able to provide thousands of works around the world to educate and enhance the class struggle, The Marxists Internet Archive. The Marxists Internet Archive (MIA) began in the turbulent early 1990s, when the anti-Communist impetus of the post-Cold War consensus blocked many on the left from publishing their work. Even world-renowned historian Eric Hobsbawm was unable to publish his 1994 book, Age of Extremes, in France due to a refusal to translate it on political grounds. This led him and many other radical thinkers to ponder the potential of the internet for communicating left-wing ideas. Hence the Marxists Internet Archive was founded and still continues to be a great place to read books and articles today.*

*The Battle of Blair Mountain: Triumph out of Tragedy in West Virginia*

Isaac Jansen-Montoya

*This is a great work about the Battle of Blair Mountain. Here Isaac Jansen-Montoya talks about the one of the biggest working class rebellions in the United States history. First let's understand the Battle of Blair Mountain. This is about the Workers that worked for the Stone Mountain Coal Company, that ended up got tired of their terrible work conditions, getting paid low wages for the profit of the private property owner that they profit from their labor being put into producing the commodity, being sunken to a level of another commodity, getting tired of not owning their own means of production, getting tired of the market and how ineffective it was when they couldn’t buy good they need that ended up getting wasted later, and they were tired of being alienated from themselves, their loved ones, their labor, and nature. So they ended up taking up arms and rebelling against their company, and seized the private property, and declared a attempt for a socialist revolution in America. Workers at the time were tired of the capitalism and was starting to advocate for tPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


How should I go around teaching a kid a new language?
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the best way to taech a kid a language is to speak it around them at home


Thanks comrade. i am a esl kindergarten teacher and i really really need theory. My school has me essentially coming up with my own cirriculum.

Is there any resources you could point me to on education theory ideally around:
Kindergarten and child development
english as a second language.

I am fucking drowning here so literally anything you can send me helps enormously


Also anything to do with cirriculum creation. I'm reading a book called "how we learn" which is pretty obvious what its about, but it's taught me about spacing and the study test study cycle and what spacing tests are best at retaining knowledge at.

My problem has been that i don't really know what areas of speech i should focus on. Should i teach them verbs and create stories around that that incorporates the target language? should i teach them common sentences? "how old are you? how are you?" etc I don't know if i'm actually teaching the kids anything. I mean i see them pick up some shit but i dunno mang.
sorry babbling. but yeah, i could really use some help


Posting again in hopes of finding any people to help.
I'm again working for a kindergarten that doesn't know what they are doing.

I am trying to find a bunch of decodable books for the kids to read that are genuinely interesting to them.

Does anyone know anything that's like sci-hub for childrens books?


Maybe try the comics section of https://libgen.li/ or something like http://m.fanfox.net/manga/cardcaptor_sakura

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I have recently started reading "Voltaire's Bastards, the Dictatorship of Reason in the West" by John Ralston Saul and I would like to start a thread to further discuss the book. I haven't read too much of it, however it does seem to possit a rather unique worldview and critique of modern (and by modern I mean last 200 years modern) political theory.

The book mainly possits that Reason, which first rose as an ideological tool to combat the divine right of the absolutist rule of the feudal monarchs, had mutated over the years into becoming the same type of tool of social control, a modern cult to justify the divine right of the technocrats. According to Ralston, this extends to all modern ideologies, as in his eyes communism, socialism, capitalism, fascism or nazism are all the same sort of ideologies of absolute solutions, trying to enforce their own types rationality and reason onto the world, while in the end reinforcing the same sort of rule of technocrats, be they soviet politburo or western business elites.

The book seems to be written from a rather idealist position, as to Ralston the main feature of the current age is the absolute dominance of Reason, which prohibits any critiques of the current order by either making it seem irrational and thus mute, or by entangling it into its own language of rationality. The book states that the worst part is that other perspectives of human thought in decision making that lay outside reason have all been marginalized - things like humanism, common sense, emotion or faith - and deemed lower than the perspective of reason.

I originally started reading the book as it seemed like it makes a good attack against the technocratic mindset of capitalism deffenders, which I rather struggled in arguing against when I encountered it, however from what I read, the book also raises claims against the validity of Marxism, and is set to lump it in together with the capitalist ideology. So, I was wondering, are there any Marxist replies to Ralston? Because what I read right now seems like a really prophetic critique of neoliberalism (the book came out right after the fall of USSR), thus its making me want to at least revisit my Marxist positions and see if they hold up.

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This shit is bullshit, right? The big three (Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau) begin their axiomatic construction of state power that we are totally atomized individuals and social interaction is constructed entirely through self interested contractual bargaining.

Is our entire western political system actually built upon these ideas? WTH?

Also: is pic related any good?



i never signed a contract.


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K, do it now.


Greetings comrades, I’m searching for books about class in the states that cover history and evolution of class and present day class conditions. Any help would be greatly appreciated!



If there is an objective reality, aren't interpretations of it merely falsehoods besides 1 truthful description of reality? I understand that every perspective is innately subjective, but theoretically, if there is an objective reality, then what we call interpretations could only be falsehoods besides 1 interpretation that actually describes reality as it is.
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>If we have an objective reality, which is described by a set of information, then we have enormous amounts of subsets of it. Each can be used to create a model of reality. Each could be strung up in irrational ways. So I would say it's wrong to say only very few reality models are complete falsehoods. Considering the total amount that you could create, we actually have many.
No this is moving the goal post, we're talking about models of the world that people actually use.

>To me, I will call it a falsehood if the interpretation has a falsehood in it and the interpretation, therefore, deviates from the one and only fully truthful description of objective reality.

Perfectionism is stupid. All model have errors, it doesn't make them falsehoods, it just limits their applicability.

>But that's talking about two different things here. I agree that you mental life objectively exists as physiological processes in your brain, but the experience of reality from your perspective is subjective.

Experience of mental life is still a physiological process in the brain. There is nothing beyond physiological processes in the brain. All the consciousness is included in that, there is nothing that is separate from objective reality.


Your insistent misunderstanding and strawmanning of what subjectivity is stems from having read Paul Cockshott, as opposed to Kant or any actual philosopher.


My belief is that there is an actual physical reality (things like where actual physical matter resides in space and time (and etc.?), this is real and non-negotiable, it is beyond the subjectivity of interpretation because it is not an interpretation), and all interpretations by an organic being (human or otherwise) are inherently subjective. No-one has the exact same eyes, the same location, the same brain connections, and thus our realities may be generally congruent but are always a subjective interpretation of our environment that will differ from others in some way.
I also believe that mathematical/scientific interpretations will almost-if-not-inevitably be false for similar reasons. It seems like limitations of measurement alone force any interpretation to be subjective.

am i doing it right? I haven't studied this area of philosophy either.


And to link the above to OP's question,
>then what we call interpretations could only be falsehoods besides 1 interpretation that actually describes reality as it is.
This is a very binary view of the situation. The subjective realities most likely have truths in them, even if they contain many falsehoods. I would call them generalizations, for things that aren't even wrong but aren't the full reality. Is there a real 'blue'? It's a relative social construct; yes, even the number of nanometers we collectively decided was perfect blue wavelength. It's a mathematical interpretation of light we felt made sense to label 'blue'.
But, if you must be absolute, interpretations are ultimately different to reality. I wouldn't even say false; what is success in an interpretation?


Interpretations are symbolic for reality, some being more correct than others. That is how mythology can still be inciteful. Philosophy is mythology devoid of narrative and expressed in logical categories.

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What exactly is Charisma? How much of it can be learned? I tried looking at sources for this(Wikipedia articles for example), but most of them seem only tangentially related to the topic. Books and resources are appreciated.
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Again, where theory?


Mfr really be asking for sources for charisma and a reading list


welcome to /edu/


"how do I become blessed by god?" Oh my sweet, sweet child…
>Max Weber: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charismatic_authority
"he identified the term as a prime example of action he labeled "value-rational," in distinction from and opposition to action he labeled "Instrumentally rational."
"Weber indicates that it is followers who attribute the individual with supernatural or superhuman powers, emphasizing that "the recognition on the part of those subject to authority" is decisive for the validity of charisma"
>Marxist evolution nature dialectics: "Charismatic leadership and the evolution of cooperation" https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1090513816300174?via%3Dihub
"A fundamental challenge to understanding our evolved psychology is to explain how cooperative or prosocial behaviors are maintained despite the immediate temptation to free-ride. We propose that charismatic leadership and followership can be best understood as a product of this recurrent, fitness-relevant selection pressure for adaptations that effectively promoted and sustained prosocial behaviors within groups."


Some people are born into it; they have the character and therefore the behavior and social savviness to pull it off. Others do not have it innately but can learn to be socially savvy and gain charisma, some people, usually socially awkward or timid people (or autists) can't learn it at all, even if they may technically understand it.

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