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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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Does anyone have any books about the Dominican Civil War? I'd like to understand just what the fucking US Military helped do to the island. According to the Wikipedia article, the man in picrel(Juan Bosch) was just a social democrat, but the fact that they couldn't even allow that when Europe already more or less had social democratic movements is something that speaks volumes.


Most likely they didn't want another Castro
Castro also presented himself as a democrat before switching over to the Soviet bloc and giving them Cuba.
Bosch was also apparently carrying out land reform which would have broken up the large landowning feudalist class, a class that the US empire finds easy compradors in. Same reason they moved against Allende.


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I doubt that a lot of books on the topic have been translated into English.
I've heard that pic related is pretty good. Author is Cuban residing in DR.


The US at that time was truly paranoid about socialdemocrats being fellow travelers, making a lot of heads roll for just plain domination.
Well, if you wanted to do some socialdemocracy the first thing in the table was to be anticommunist, declare it to the four winds and then you could work something, like Betancourt in Venezuela


>>11883 (me)
After watching it, those Dominican socdems have truly a their heart in the left, or maybe is just beacuse the 14 de Junio were fighting against a dictatorship

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Hey y´all. I´m on a translating journey and I thought that others might benfit from a general thread for others that might be interested in the effort or to give their input.

Ill be translating from Spanish to English myself, but perhaps other anons will use this thread for other languages.
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Looks like this thread was left to swim with the fishes


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I will plug the black book of capitalism project here, which is translating a book from french to english: >>>/leftypol/1122230


nice gif but missing a fuck ton like the holocaust and the fall of communism and khmer rouge etc


Does anyone here remember the name of this French book that traces the entire history and meaning of the word democracy? Would any French anons be interested in translating? I'm highly interested in this book. I could try it myself if someone tells me its name, I forgot to bookmark it.


Bump, need help on this

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A long time ago we had a very interesting thread on the question of what consciousness is. Perhaps we can have another interesting conversation like that. Share your thoughts and ideas of what consciousness is and how it arises.
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They already did that for the entire nervous system of a worm and they weren‘t successful with that either. You will not achieve consciousness emulating a brain in a digital system and you can‘t produce consciousness in an isolated manner either. Your consciousness can only exist in tandem with an outside world you are constantly interacting with.


>They already did that for the entire nervous system of a worm and they weren‘t successful
I did say that i considered this too hard.
>You will not achieve consciousness emulating a brain in a digital system
I agree insofar that i think it's too impractical, but it should be possible in principle.
>you can‘t produce consciousness in an isolated manner either. Your consciousness can only exist in tandem with an outside world you are constantly interacting with.
I don't know how consciousness works exactly, but it does appear to be a reasonable assumption that it needs environmental input.


No, you dweeb. I‘m not reasoning it on being hard, I‘m saying this approach doesn‘t create consciousness.

>I don't know how consciousness works exactly, but it does appear to be a reasonable assumption that it needs environmental input.

You don‘t get it. You likely believe in a static isolated notion of the matter and just imagine a program on standby ready to receive and process some input. I‘m saying the very existence of a consciousness is dependent on perpetual exchange with an outside world.


Could you cite the study/source/whatever for the worm experiment? Sounds important


I think the project is referred to as OpenWorm.


I've heard conflicting claims. Either people claim colonialism was highly profitable for Europeans, or they say it wasn't profitable at all, and some even say it was a net negative financially. In the latter two cases they claim it was only done for prestige. So what is it? And if you give an answer it would be preferable if you gave sources as well. To me it makes little sense that Europeans would have committed to colonialism for so long and extensively without it being profitable.
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This is why OP's question make absolutely no sense. Colonialism lasted several hundreds of years and is still alive in some forms today, it involved countless parties with conflicting interests, and you want some dumb simplistic answer with concrete evidence for it.


No, I don't want a simplistic answer. I welcome thorough and nuanced replies. I phrased my question in a broad manner because I don't know much about the subject yet. Hence I won't even know where to draw a distinction.
Now sperg out elsewhere or answer my question.


It is a good book but even the author later buried it
>[Las Venas Abiertas] intentó ser una obra de economía política, solo que yo no tenía la formación necesaria
>[The open veins] tried to be a work of political economy, just that I didn't have the necessary instruction
>It makes little sense to me that europeans would have commited for so long if it wasn't proffitable
It was, but for a class, not for the whole. The peasant and the worker as a class gained many benefits from the contact but not profits. Not even counting the destruction of capital that involved the periodic global war between kingdoms in that era.


Colonialism was very profitable in the beginning and middle phases, but in the late phase the European powers got wrecked by attempting to maintain their colonies.


Colonialism was very profitable for the trading companies and monarchies that drove it. The fact that it also hurt people from Europe at times doesn't mean it wasn't driven by profit. The problem with framing things this way is it ignores the actual economic and political structures that drove the process (mercantilism and capitalism) in favor of spooky ghost stories about nations and the clash of civilization. Stories which were invented by the colonizers btw, so good job on decolonial theorists failing to decolonize their minds.

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What is /edu/'s opinion of scholasticism?
All the sources I've read treat it like an isolated episode in the history of philosophy without relevance to what came after the renaissance and any reference to it after the fact seems to be out of pure butthurt from catholics because philosophy became secular.
But is it really irrelevant or does it have anything worth studying from it beyond its place in history? Like for example is the scholastic dialectical method any relevant to marxism?


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its the culmination platonic-aristotelian thought which is the most 'scientific' expression of ancient ideology, western and eastern.

>According to Eliade, traditional man feels that things "acquire their reality, their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality". To traditional man, the profane world is "meaningless", and a thing rises out of the profane world only by conforming to an ideal, mythical model. Eliade describes this view of reality as a fundamental part of "primitive ontology" (the study of "existence" or "reality"). Here he sees a similarity with the philosophy of Plato, who believed that physical phenomena are pale and transient imitations of eternal models or "Forms" (see Theory of forms). He argued: Plato could be regarded as the outstanding philosopher of 'primitive mentality,' that is, as the thinker who succeeded in giving philosophic currency and validity to the modes of life and behavior of archaic humanity. Eliade thinks the Platonic Theory of forms is "primitive ontology" persisting in Greek philosophy. He claims that Platonism is the "most fully elaborated" version of this primitive ontology.

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I'm looking for books on Middle Eastern politics and history. Give me some recommendations. Also, has anyone read this? Is it any good?


Orientalism by Edward Said is a must read. You don't have to aggree with everything he said, but you should still read it imo


If you're interested in Iran specifically, Between Two Revolutions is a good book written by a Marxist that presents the history of (mostly) 20th century Iran through that lens very well.


> Between Two Revolutions
Thank you very much for the recommendation.
I'd recommend "All the Shah's Men" by Kinzer on the topic of Iran. He has some other good books as well, such as "The Brothers" and "Poisoner-in-Chief".


Hello everyone, OP here, I read all your books and they are very good. And I want to provide an update on picrel. I read it, and after reading a lot of different accounts on Lebanon and Hezbollah. I can say the book in picrel is accurate. The author isn't a Marxist, but is legitimate and gives a accurate understanding of the group and it's history. If anyone disagrees I would love to hear about it.


>I read it, and after reading a lot of different accounts on Lebanon and Hezbollah.
You can ask me and while I'm not exactly a Hezbollah expert I do live in the regime that is it's primary supporter


Have books such as this and other "former KGB agent" testimonies ever been thoroughly debunked or criticized? If so, could you link me to those resources?

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Apart from the reading groups that are stickied here, are there any other left wing reading groups you guys think are worth joining? Can be on matrix, disc0rd, anything

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Less about the parasocial more about the signal.

Less about subscribing to an individual podcast, more about listening to individual episodes and why that episode resonated.

Not videos. This is a chance for you to educate yourself while working, doing chores or exercising.

I'll go first. This episode of politics theory other was memorable because it made me reconsider the intersection of sex and politics, particularly as someone who sees themselves as becoming more skeptical about everything surrounding idpol as it's being co-opted and weaponized.

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NICE. Appreciate this one. Brings to mind an episode that gave a historical perspective that fundamentally informs my understanding of Jihad, Islam and wahabbism tbh. They'll make a good double bill.

Radio war nerd 147 "Destroying Yemen" with Isa Blumi



>Regarding Deprogram, I recommend Episode 20, where the editor for Mint press is a guest. He has an interesting perspective on media that I haven't seen much outside Chomsky and an interesting book on Mexican think tanks I picked up once (Conocimiento y Poder, Alejandra Salas-Porras for the curious).

This post delivers. Philosophy, an extremely memorable episode rec and a book rec ( Think Tanks and Global Politics: Key Spaces in the Structure of Power, Alejandra Salas-Porras, 2017, libgen.is).

I've just listened to two of the Deprogram episodes and the episode you mentioned stayed with me. In the exact same vein, possibly even more up to the minute with it's geopolitical analysis, is this recent episode of American Exception:


It's a podcast too important to be kept behind patreon paywalls imo, so here it is:



Decoding the Gurus, a couple of insufferable academolibs with a reasonable podcast, did a decent analysis of the recent "Sensemaking" online psychological guru fad. Sensemaking is Peterson for people who go to burning man, it looks like.

It's pretty funny. They focus on a podcast episode where 3 sensemaking gurus get together and….vibe. I'm gonna say that the sensemakers are adjacent to the Dark One in some way, and funded by him.


Ya Im not going to name individual podcast episodes lol, but Ezra Kleins podcast is good, especially when he has Adam Tooze on

If you like This is Hell! Youll like KPFA - Behind the News as well, those two are my fav by far. That said idk if they are explicitly leftist or whatever, its more implied


You want to be educated on the technical details of the Nord Stream sabotage? In detail?

Get the latest episode of The East Is A Podcast. A Frenchist goes deep on how it happened and why it's probably irreversible.

A massive multi billion dollar infrastructure project between trading blocs blown up by another nation. Just mind blowing.

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"Marx thought that in order to
decide what should be done at a given historical moment, in a given country and under given
conditions, one must carefully study (with the help of the method of scientific communism) all
the specific features of the given situation (which is constantly changing) and the situation
existing not only within the given country itself, but in all the other countries of the world.
Marxism considers that only by such a study can the
…thinking representatives o£ the given class [acquire] the necessary knowledge, the
necessary experience—and, apart from all knowledge and experience—the necessary
political instinct for the quick and correct solution of intricate political problems. " Dialectical
Materialism The Theoretical Foundation
of Marxism-Leninism
V. Adoratsky

So, my communist brothers, are there studies, actual good ones (no SJW shit) about the current state of the world with a communist POV and with the use of the method of scientific communism? Id love to read it and learn so i know if there will be a revoltuion/ be a chance of. know in more detail.
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i can't find the original papers he's talking about. this guy needs to cite better smh



you can get a functionally marxist commentary on the state of the world every week in the Financial Times

there's not going to be a revolution and the "great reset" is mostly a WEF meme, what's actually happening is very different



Read some of his stuff on the situation with russia and imperialism, it's very well argued



so tell us then what exactly is happening and why is it different

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