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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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Can you recommend any material so I can better understand his work? I have a hard time wrapping my head around Sein und Zeit. Do you know good lectures, introductions or guides that you can recommend for that?



dreyfus has good lectures


What do you think about Heidegger? And, are you a national socialist, right? Could be good another revolution.


Why aren't you a chaos marxist?
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because it seems dumb. hope youre having fun though


i used to be but i had to change my identity because the feds wouldnt leave me the fuck alone


not nice to trigger OP's schizophrenia like that


>Chaos marxist
Not going to be successful. Have you tried stock investing?


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Bookmarked, but not really sure what I would change of my praxis as is with this idea. Maybe after a good meal.

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"The blame for this falls solely upon the wretched conditions in Germany, in consequence of which cobweb-spinning eclectic flea-crackers had taken possession of the chairs of philosophy-"

What the fuck is a flea-cracker?


apparently it means someone that concerns themselves with petty details, cracks at tiny fleas
it's also described as a synonym of pettifogger, which means "an inferior legal practitioner, especially one who deals with petty cases or employs dubious practices" here:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1908/mec/four2.htm third paragraph

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Where to find language learning communities, where I ask something about the language I am studying and get responded? I am not using hellotalk because it glows, nor fbi.gov for obvious reasons. I am a brazilian learning greek and mandarin and intending to learn korean and spanish, in case I need to be specific.
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I just read The Ignorant Schoolmaster. Is it actually viable to learn a language using 2 versions of Telemachus and a dictionary or is it more of a meme, now that most languages have freely accessible tutoring material?


critical period is a meme. you can still learn almost entirely by immersion (with cramming vocab being optional, but helpful) way into your adulthood (see stephen krashen, the norsk experiment, ajatt/mia, and so on, and so on). the "just read more" meme from /djt/ is literally true. millions of ESLs learned english just by playing vidya and watching youtube, past their "critical period" and way into late teens and early twenties, including me. i also repeated this with jap a few years later, and now am learning chinese just by doing anki and watching bilibili daily for a few hours. it's slow, but comfy, and it does work. you just have to supplement that with speaking practice later on, because immersion is hyper focused on reading/understanding—you'll have to do speaking practice later on for it to catch up (i don't care that much, since I learn languages only to read books in the original, so I don't mind having shit output if I understand 99% of everything)

literally just immerse more, with native subtitles (if you're learning french, then french cartoons with french subtitles) and some lighthearted vocab study on the side. after a few months of that, take an easy fantasy/adventure YA book in your target language, a dictionary, and literally just read it. it'll take a few days to go through the first page, but with each book you'll get faster and faster. reading is amazing


It depends on the language, I think. But for learning Esperanto, I found this site:

Do you know other resources for learning Esperanto? I'm a total beginner (I'm thinking about finding a beginner Esperanto course in my local area).

Start by learning the writing system (the "extra" characters in the Esperanto alphabet, Cyrillic characters, Greek Characters, Hangul, (some) Chinese letters, Hiragana and Katakana). Start writing simple words (and sentences later) as soon as you are able to. Then start learning basic grammar and continue learning vocab. Also, start reading as soon as you can (even if you can't understand everything). Of course, it's easier to go to a language course and use it as a kind of springboard for quick starting your language learning journey. Finally, some languages are easier or harder, depending on the languages you are able to speak (especially your native language). Also, learning Toki Pona (not very useful to be honest) or Esperanto is much easier than learning natural languages.



But if you can get face-to-face instruction that's probably the best.


I know, I know, necrobump – and also I haven't gotten fluent in a foreign language.

But something I've been doing while learning/practicing Spanish is:
>I see the sentence in Spanish
>I answer it for English
>Then I think of the concept(s)/visual(s) of the word or sentence, and then say a sentence describing it. Usually a few words at a time though.

>Nosotros vivimos en una casa en la playa
<We live in a house at the beach

I close my eyes
<I think of a group
<a family, a group of friends, etc.
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Thread for History of Ancient China up until the end of the Chinese Empire
Discuss History, Mythology, Archeology, Socio-Economics, Politics and Culture of Ancient China. This includes Tibet, Korea and Mongolia.
Leftypedia >>3780 requires an article on Ancient China, all that is covered is the current People's Republic

Important Topics
>Mythology and Legends and their Modern Cultural Impacts
A society that arose at the beginning of human civilization, China's culture is enormous and diverse. Legends and mythology of China such as Fa Mulan and Journey to the West are just prominent examples of legends that influenced others across the globe. Recommend and discuss literature or myths on this.

>Eastern Philosophy, Culture and Religion

The East, especially China developed several unique religions and philosophies utterly separate from the primarily Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian philosophies of Western and Central Europe as well as the Middle East. The 3 primary Chinese philosophies are Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Discuss the merits of these.

>Military Conflicts and Everyday Life in Ancient China

Society in China developed on its own and so it had much different ways of life. China is also known for having massive conflicts, some of the first to have millions of men fight at a time. China is known for it's generals such as author of "The Art of War"* Sun Tzu, Han Xing and CaoCao.

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I'm not some Bourgeois elitist, after all the Divide between mental and physical labor is something socialist states have tried to overcome. But I mean come on, when you're only evidences is it looks hard to do it and not in depth archaeological and historical research you just sound retarded. Debord has some interests works which has contributed to theory but this just a schizo position to take.


>Leftypedia requires an article on Ancient China, all that is covered is the current People's Republic
Do you want a page titled "Ancient China" or "History of China"? The latter would better include the period covered in your OP i.e. Xia era to Qing Revolutionary period.


OP here, back from being away; I would say the latter is pretty accurate and useful name, if you make it, go ahead and link it comr8.


>Legends and mythology of China such as Fa Mulan and Journey to the West are just prominent examples of legends that influenced others across the globe.
Journey to the West is a novel. It's contemporary with Shakespeare's work. Hua Mulan is comparable to Arthurian legends in time period and legendary status.


>Journey to the West is a novel.
A novel based on combined works and earlier stories.
>Hua Mulan is comparable to Arthurian legends in time period and legendary status.
Yes, that is what I'm saying.

I'd also like to mention Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio


Thoughts on this open-source US history textbook?

>The socialist movement drew from a diverse constituency. Party membership was open to all regardless of race, gender, class, ethnicity, or religion. Many prominent Americans, such as Helen Keller, Upton Sinclair, and Jack London, became socialists. They were joined by masses of American laborers from across the United States: factory workers, miners, railroad builders, tenant farmers, and small farmers all united under the red flag of socialism. Many united with labor leader William D. “Big Bill” Haywood and other radicals in 1905 to form the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the “Wobblies,” a radical and confrontational union that welcomed all workers, regardless of race or gender.32 Others turned to politics.

>The Socialist Party of America (SPA), founded in 1901, carried on the American third-party political tradition. Socialist mayors were elected in thirty-three cities and towns, from Berkeley, California, to Schenectady, New York, and two socialists—Victor Berger from Wisconsin and Meyer London from New York—won congressional seats. All told, over one thousand socialist candidates won various American political offices. Julius A. Wayland, editor of the socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason, proclaimed that “socialism is coming. It’s coming like a prairie fire and nothing can stop it . . . you can feel it in the air.”33 By 1913 there were 150,000 members of the Socialist Party and, in 1912, Eugene V. Debs, the Indiana-born Socialist Party candidate for president, received almost one million votes, or 6 percent of the total.34

>Over the following years, however, the embrace of many socialist policies by progressive reformers, internal ideological and tactical disagreements, a failure to dissuade most Americans of the perceived incompatibility between socialism and American values, and, especially, government oppression and censorship, particularly during and after World War I, ultimately sank the party. Like the Populists, however, socialists had tapped into a deep well of discontent, and their energy and organizing filtered out into American culture and American politics.


Pretty fair for a brief summary, they do mention government oppression and censorship as factors. Could be made more accurate by expanding upon it.

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Was the Meiji restoration and "restoring power to the emperor" a good or bad thing in 18th century Japan for the peasants? It marked the upper class revolution that caused the samurai feudal system to transition into a capitalist system. (Which ultimately turned into a racist imperialist empire that tried to invade and oppress all of its neighbors in Asia in a sort of fascist system, and as Japan lost the war the people starved and suffered greatly.)

I just found this photograph btw. Samurai didn't look nearly as impressive as I thought they would, and that hairdo is "objectively ugly."

There were a lot of peasant revolutions/movements that tried to go against the samurai but they all ultimately failed so no one except historians talk about them. Unfortunately too, the people who study Japanese history appear to be mostly weebs who romanticize the samurai so much that you never get to hear about the peasents' movements.
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I appreciate the effort tbh


It's an old greentext shitpost, but a good one.



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Because reality is what you make it.


>how Japan became an imperialist economy from its third-world origins

Isolationism during the Tokugawa Shogunate produced a powerful and independent urban bourgeoisie, and the mass importing of industrial equipment from Europe and America and mercantilist policies during the Meiji Era established soft power over mainland Asia
Kozo Uno kind of discusses it in this book, alongside the other big monopoly powers of the late 19th early 20th century

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I plan on checking out Kotkin's work on Stalin, which I'm told is informative and you can pick out the brainworms. And Trotsky himself wrote a biography on Stalin.

The popular Mao biography is the one by Jung Chang, but that sounds like a pure polemic. 'Mao: A Reinterpretation' by Feigon is the only pro-Mao one I can find.
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I mean, he was a public figure for most of his life and everything noteworthy that he did was in public


This 1000% for every single subject
I feel like a lot of times people her ask specifically for "Can you recommend me some books that already agree with me" instead of practicing critical reading and coming to their own conclusion by reading


Why read biographies when you can read the OG sources?


Han Suyin's two books on Mao/The PRC are the best you could wish for, I highly recommend. ( Morning Deluge/Wind in the Tower )

For Stalin theres these two 'Stalin history of the Black Legend' and 'Another view of Stalin'.

also 'Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China' for the Deng Xiaoping era PRC.


i just found out about Edgar Snow and William Hinton on douban :p theyre real Gs
(re: mao biography and stuff)
Snow actually put together Mao's autobiography so that's neat


Seems like there are a few people on leftypol interested in this subject so I thought I'd create a thread dedicated to discussing the Wydna collective and Pseudodoxology podcast
>What is Wydna?
Wydna is a research collective dedicated to reading history through a unique lens. Taking inspiration from Marxism and Accelerationism, Kantbot and other members of the collective dedicate themselves to uncovering the conspiracies, traditions and ideologies that circle the elites of the British and American Empires. Through their podcast, they discuss secret societies, scandals, and factions of the deep state in a fashion considered unconventional to our current interpretation of history.
>That sounds great, where can I learn more?
Their episodes are paywalled, so that's why I'm making this thread. I will be uploading some of their more noteworthy episodes on request here for those who aren't interested in paying the 5$ a month on patreon.
You can listen to their most popular episodes for free on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/45p4IYDT96zuulXl1oH5wW?si=4uuH0B85RjWbbqdEmnwQkw
And I will be filling this thread with links to episodes I consider noteworthy.
I'll start by uploading their episode on the history of political economy, which is 7 hours, so I'll be breaking the audio up into several parts. This post, OP, contains the first 3.
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The anti-dialectics website is good though. This woman is absolutely destroying pseuds that defend dialectics


so what do these people believe?


They basically believe every industrial conspiracy that was floated i>>11495
n the 20th century but which never broke through to normie thought. And layered on top of that, KB basically believes in postmodern sociology.
They believe a LOT in industrial coordination through uncomplicated corporate backrooms. They believe that this stuff tends to overlap with a variety of counterrevolutionary paramilitary projects and the intel community. For example, most of the theories they entertain about the JFK assassination orbit around the intersection of rightwing cuban mobsters and the CIA.
They believe a variety of conspiracy theories about a variety of wars being rackets, conducted for purposes other than what they . This combines with the corporate theories to furnish a bunch of follow-on theories about military and paramilitary politics in the 20th century.
They believe in a bunch of German media theory, basically meaning that they think the base-superstructure relationship runs through very straightforward information technologies like filing cabinets, the information architecture of PDFs, and so on. They love to pay attention to the models that are/were used by big corporate interests, even at the level of Words Fair-style depictions.




> factions of the deep state
thats cool that theres a whole podcast speculating this, I asked a similar question on /USA/pol and we p much all agreed that yankees and cowboys was cool but outdated and we really don't know.


Post video recordings of lectures and announcements for online lectures.

>inb4 schitzos like peterson or other rightwingers

this is /leftypol/ faggot
>inb4 Richard D. Wolff
all his lectures i have seen so far are just very basic stuff if you find some more advanced stuff post it

I want to focus this thread on philosophy, history and political economy on an academic level.
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Mark Fisher
Slow Cancellation of the Future


Miss this motherfucker more than you’ll ever believe.


Don't Talk to the Police
>Regent Law Professor James Duane gives viewers startling reasons why they should always exercise their 5th Amendment rights when questioned by government officials.

Alternative links:
https://github.com/TeamPiped/Piped/wiki/Instances Insert /watch?v=d-7o9xYp7eE to the end of the link


Oh, someone already posted this. Keeping it up cuz of the piped links though.


Beyond Chavs: Imagining a working class politics for the 21th century
Owen Jones

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