[ home / rules / faq ] [ overboard / sfw / alt ] [ leftypol / siberia / hobby / tech / edu / games / anime / music / draw / AKM ] [ meta / roulette ] [ cytube / git ] [ GET / ref / marx / booru / zine ]

/edu/ - Education

'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
Password (For file deletion.)
Required: 2 + 2 =

Join our Matrix Chat <=> IRC: #leftypol on Rizon

| Catalog | Home

File: 1638820515251.jpg (26.84 KB, 504x373, grant3.jpg)


are we still supposed to just support socdem movements? what especially does it mean now in the regressive post-industrial landscape of the past 40-50 years of neoliberalism, if not the entire past century since WWI?


The same way a physics textbook could get us to the moon. As for actual strategy, that's a question thay will vary from place to place. At some points collaboration with the social democrats will be advantageous. At others, strict opposition will be a necessity.


What do you think histmat is and why do you believe it could help us do communism, and how would it help us?


we have to see capitalism through to it's end no matter what


>What do you think histmat is
like figuring out the horrific machinations and implications of commodity fetishism and just like figuring out what to do with that knowledge
extremely late reply, sorry

File: 1645641454120.jpg (39.51 KB, 483x586, stalinvhitler.jpg)


Hey comrades, any of you know any good history books for beginners that aren't too bougie? Or just history books in general? Also textbooks if you know of any.

As always post the pdf if you have it.



"A people's history of the world" by Howard Zinn


Open Veins of Latin America

File: 1641604170351.jpg (58.83 KB, 306x500, 51CYR088YHL.jpg)


"The transformation to a neo-colonial world has only begun, but it promises to be as dramatic, as disorienting a change as was the original European colonial conquest of the human race. Capitalism is again ripping apart and reconstructing the world, and nothing will be the same. Not race, not nation, not gender, and certainly not whatever culture you used to have." —from the preface


As of 07/01/2022: Ch. 2-7 in need of formatting. All chapters in need of citation links. Needs proofreading.


File: 1645750580512.pdf (5.32 MB, 255x197, night-vision.pdf)


File: 1644524668151.jpg (143.59 KB, 600x1020, Ice man.jpg)


Has anyone here read this? It was recommended to me by some pan african socialists as a materialist analysis of European violence. I did a little research, didn't find the book for free though, and it seems like it may be hotep shit. Just wondering if anyone here's read it.
20 posts and 5 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.


File: 1645415964614.png (100.68 KB, 536x425, ClipboardImage.png)

>an idea that actually stems from Arabs and was adopted by the Spanish due to their colonization by Arabs
surprised this isn't well known, modern european racial science came from arab racial ethnography which was based on vauge explanations in the Toral that were expanded upon
basically in their version all white and brown people(Greeks, Arabs, Spanish, Romans) were the same race, decadents of Shem, the default race basically, that had the best traits of all, all black people, southern Indians and SEA's were sons of Ham and every Turkic raider or someone with small eyes were sons of Japheth

Abū’l-Ghāzī wrote the Shajara-i Tarākima
>that recount the origins of the Turks. The account begins with descent from Adam to Noah, who after the flood sends his three sons to repopulate the earth: Ham was sent to Africa, Shem to Iran, and Japheth went to the banks of the Itil and Yaik rivers and had eight sons named Turk, Khazar, Saqlab, Rus, Mongol, Chin, Kemeri, and Tarikh. As he was dying, he established Turk as his successor


You just used the word „race“ but is that the proper term when discussing the categories that were conceptualized by Arabs? As you‘ve just said, they are the descendants of a specific origin. In old German one would refer to that as „Geschlecht“. Not sure what the proper terminology is in English.


There are two way to look at these works
as Satire this would be hilarious, cause it's taking racial pseudo-science that was developed by racists and using it against white people without ever changing it
Casting whites(and incidentally Arabs) as a barbaric conquering people who can only steal and subjugate, like how the Krags were presented in Earth Sea

as satire this works well, but taking it as fact, well then this is just spouting pseudo-science to make yourself feel good


File: 1645468209574.png (205.18 KB, 517x522, ClipboardImage.png)

what's funny is that a lot of these afro-centrists turn white people into basically supermen, all of them super brutes and genetic freaks who are just genetically disposed to conquer other races and they will always win
Frances Cress Welsing for e.g believed that If white people were allowed to exist they would always come out on top, you'd expect some German Nazi to say this shit, but it came from black proto-Hotep who believed the Egyptians were black until the white Assyrians and hitties, Persians conquered and destroyed black civilization and raped black women for generations to create the modern "brown" Egyptian people


it's not satire, a lot of black petty bourgeois unironically think this. they invert white supremacy to make themselves feel better about it. they'll advocate european style patriarchy and frame it as a dig at the white man. i guess it's just an assimilation strategy

File: 1645205348980.png (79.14 KB, 2034x2718, imperial surplus.png)


Revolutions in the core countries of the capitalist imperial order failed because the imperial bourgeoisie can survive temporarily even if they can't extract surplus from workers in the core. They can sustain them self on exploitation of the periphery for a little while, to weather revolutionary phases.

First there have to be revolutions in the periphery, either anti imperial bourgeois national revolutions, or socialist revolutions. Either of those will cut off the imperial bourgeoisie from backup surplus. That will give the proletariat in the core political leverage.

The limitations of this theory:
Ageing societies in 21th century will shift political leverage to the working class regardless. In 10 to 20 years this will only have historic value.

Criticisms of my theory are welcome
4 posts omitted. Click reply to view.


Capital has effectively been deterritorialized which means the revolution will have to be deterritorialized but y'all ain't ready for that conversation.


Noooo fighting international capital with nationalist movements is totally the smart thing to do!


File: 1645214981978.png (398.14 KB, 500x374, ClipboardImage.png)

Elaborate for us brainlets


Embedding error.
You understand enough to reference Deleuze and Guattari. I'm not that familiar with what their version of it looks like (the nomadic war machine, which they discuss in A Thousand Plateaus), but our modern struggles and orgs need to coordinate internationally in order to disrupt capital. It shouldn't even be that hard in theory. The big thing is to look at global supply chains and understand where a company operates internationally so they can be disrupted at that scale. If you're gonna unionize your workplace the union should include people who work for the company all over the world. If there's revolutionary stirrings in one area and porky picks up and moves, people should be ready to stop them from settling elsewhere and take the opportunity to go on strikes or seize the MOP in other parts of their supply chain. The thing about capitalism becoming globalized is that people have their hands in pots all over the place. Disruption anywhere is bad news for lots of international conglomerates, which means that it should be possible to set up a kind of domino effect where a weakened situation would make it easier for workers to seize power elsewhere. We can't keep seeing the struggle in the vein of Socialism in One Country. Even if you tried to do Socialism in Once Company, you would have people seizing the MOP in many countries around the world.

The developing multipolar world also creates a problem for the international bourgeoisie because they are losing the ability to impose their rule at a global scale. Contrary interests makes it harder for different factions to coordinate and squash burgeoning revolutions. We should leverage that too.


Okay revisionist, now go read Enver Hoxha's Theory and practice of the revolution, then you might be cured.

File: 1640985151169.png (3.94 MB, 3756x1514, CapitalQuestion.png)


What are some real-world examples of this phenomenon? This is said to happen during the explanation of the Circuit of Productive Capital, but nothing comes to mind.
5 posts and 3 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.


Any reading material to explain the second one, since it isn't intuitive at first glance(what the hell is that K for example), or are these terms used in a volume I haven't gotten to yet?


pretty sure it’s the first chapter of volume 2


Didn't Marx say that an example is gold ? Also check another special case, namely services, such as transportation in which C' is something that is performed during the process.


The diagram on the right looks so horribly complicated compared to that of Marx's lol


Also read this small pamphlet by Lenin which explains the basics of the reproduction schema:


Hi everyone. Recently, as I surf the more esoteric corners of the web, I came across a Western academic paper which has this rather curious reference:
"E.Hoxha, Per Shkencen, 1976-1984” (On Science, 1976-1984), Shtepia Botuese “8 Nentori”, Tirana, 1985"
Presumably this book is from Enver Hoxha discussing stuff related to science. Now this is really curious since this does not show on sites like marxists.org. I wonder if anyone here has ebook version of this book ? Even in Albanian it would be fine, I can find ways to apply it to Google translate to read it. Thanks a lot.

File: 1644610966907.jpg (62.05 KB, 500x425, 20220123_230552.jpg)


How does the reserve army of labour theory fit into full employment during let's the post-war boom?
Also how would you respond to the critiques given forward by for example Paul Samuelson:
>Some economists such as Paul Samuelson have taken issue with Marx's concept of the reserve army of labour. Samuelson argues that much Marxian literature assumes that the mere existence of the unemployed drives down wages, when in reality is dependent upon contingent factors. (Are the unemployed easily available as replacements? Is the mere threat of replacement sufficient to get workers to accept a wage cut or does the employer have to demonstrate this is not an empty threat?) Samuelson argues that if prices also fall with money wage, then this does not mean real wages will fall. Samuelson also argues that wages will fall only until there are no more unemployed to bid it down: the reserve army can reduce wages only by decreasing its size. Samuelson's concludes that to mean that while the unemployed can reduce wages, they are incapable of reducing them to anywhere near subsistence levels before the unemployed all become employed.[9]


>have taken issue with Marx's concept
>argues that much Marxian literature



post your wikipedia copy-pastes on /leftypol/ or /siberia/, not here


You heard it mods


What do you, as a socialist, think of this book?
I am reading it with my friends and it kicks ass. It explains how nations fail financially by showing real world examples, and one of the examples are the South and North Korea, where it says that North Korea is poor because there is not private property, thus people cannot innovate. Another example is Somalia, where everything is decentralized so that the governmaent cannot control anything.
I still do not like private property nor centralization, but this book made my political ideology become a mixture of socialism and social democracy, where people who want to make a business can be part of the government and pay less taxes, (because he is already contributing to the government) so this is innovation without private property.
I am using Tor, so have a brazilian commie document with closed captions in english.
9 posts and 1 image reply omitted. Click reply to view.


The mexican and american economic institutions are not really that different. Could you provide a concrete example of this alleged difference? Regarding the degree of reinvestment, Marx talks about this.


File: 1643487124537.png (238.06 KB, 394x300, 1410905520331.png)

>I am reading it with my friends
I wish my friends would read books with me


I know nothing about these shitholes, but I hope that these informations that I have found come handy;
We can start with this article https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_law and this picture https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Countries_by_adherence_to_the_Rule_of_Law_%282017%E2%80%9318%29.png that for some reason does not occur in the english article. The picture says that Mexico adheres little to the Rule of Law, different from the USA. According to the Wikipedia articles, USA's HDI is .926, and Mexico's is .779. On the other hand, USA's GINI is 48.5 and Mexico's is 41.8.


If you're talking about rule of law here, then perhaps we're not talking about economic institutions exclusively, but about political, economic, and political economic institutions and how they interact.

It is true that in Mexico there is little rule of law. But again, the reason this is so is intricately related to Mexico's history (civil war etc) and culture, Mexico's development in relation to the US (industry, neoliberal imposition, CIA shenanigans, etc), Mexico's role in American drug market and consumption.

So sure, if Mexican institutions weren't corrupt, they would be much better, but the reason they can't improve significantly is not mentioned. Marxism gives you the tools to analyze things in relation, whereas here you are looking at things in isolation. It's good to have an understanding of things in isolation, but you also need to re-integrate that understanding to the context. Which is what I feel is missing from the book's tools for analysis.

Apply the analysis of the book to China. China is doing an amazing job. How did China build and maintain good institutions? Why are China's institutions, despite corruption being more common, have a higher benefit than american institutions? How come America's infrastructure is crumbling while Mexico is improving its infrastructure?

What do you think?


Sorry for the delay, I am such a donkey.
>Marxism gives you the tools to analyze things in relation, whereas here you are looking at things in isolation.
If I knew about the history of these countries I could use historical materialism. The few that I know is in Why Nations Fail, but maybe I can draw something;
Once I have learned that inequality is more evident in Bahia, Brazil because everything started there, (the tugas arrived in Bahia.) meaning that inequality stays like a "sickness."
Mexico had precious metals; the US, no. The colonialism system inventend by the spanish worked in Mexico; in the US, no. At the moment that the spanish could oblige the natives to work for them, they created a class system, where a minority dictate, and consequently establish the institutions, and a majority obeys. If the institutions are based on inequalities the country will be inequal, and the solution for this is establish new institutions?
But I could not think in why the US is inequal. It is because the government have little influence on the market?

File: 1643269434392.jpg (101.32 KB, 521x768, Neumann.jpg)


Now I know that this concept was first proposed by the father of eugenics and all around piece of shit Francis Galton, but I want to ask if IQ as such may be nonsense, does intellect still in some form exist?
For this I would look at someone like John von Neumann. Now there is no way that I look at him and say "He just put in more hours than me. Doesn't mean he is a genius by birth", because it does seem pretty clear that he had superior mental capacities than a "normal human".
I must acknowledge that my knowledge on the question of intelligence is pretty limited, so I don't know which viewpoints are taboo and which are accepted.
25 posts omitted. Click reply to view.


So you admit you've already read Linda Gottfriedson, yet simultaneously, originally, claimed not to know much about intelligence? lol


No, this thread was the first time I learned of her


Ah! Die Kreativität der deutschen Sprache


Since there was a misunderstanding of who posted what, my original question probably got branded as /pol/ trolling

however my question still remains:

how does dialectical materialism reject the concept that some people (not race) are more gifted than others in cognitive abilities?


Linda Gottfriedson's writings aren't just about race

Delete Post [ ]
[ home / rules / faq ] [ overboard / sfw / alt ] [ leftypol / siberia / hobby / tech / edu / games / anime / music / draw / AKM ] [ meta / roulette ] [ cytube / git ] [ GET / ref / marx / booru / zine ]
[ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 ]
| Catalog | Home