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Do you guys have any books that highlight the cleverness of Soviet warfare in WW2 that dispute the Zerg rush narrative of the West? As far as I know the allies had all of their information of what was going on on the eastern front from Germans who overembelished their military prowess and downplayed those of the Soviets.
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do you get paid to post garbage like this or you just have severe brainrot?


Even worse, he does it for free because he's a literal NPC.


none of these points you made are based on facts and just spewing shit like enemy at the gates, a movie, is a documentary.


>The barbarism of the Soviet occupying forces can best be judged by the fact that many thousands of Hungarian men were raped or forced to unnatural excesses by Russian women soldiers. The Reds established a recreation camp near Kecskemét for more than thirty thousand sick and convalescent women members of the Soviet army and the police forces. From this camp, for instance, the Russian women banded together at night and swooped down on the surrounding hamlets, kidnapping the men and sometimes holding them captive for days.

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All good communists study math.

What are you studying right now? What is your favorite field of mathematics and why?

Personally, I really like the book "Linear Algebra Done Right" by Sheldon Axler. It is on Libgen if you are interested and I attached a pdf.
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Oh it's the same here, and I assume that's the way it's taught everywhere, I was just too dumb to actually learn it when it was taught…


How are you supposed to read maths books that do not have exercises? Exercises are usually good enough to hammer the content into my brain but when there are no exercises I just forget it as soon as I am finished reading.


What do I need to study for operators? Stuff like "factoring an operator". I understand the analogy but I would like some justification for it.


I mean what field of maths is this included in, linear algebra?


Can someone explain to me what "Third curvature" is, how it is different from Total Curvature (I'm not even sure about that either) and how it relates to Space-Time?

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If you know French or German, please contribute a chapter to /leftypol/'s first crowdsourced translation project! This project started on >>691.

The book is Karl Kautsky's history of the French Revolution, originally published as Die Klassengegensätze im Zeitalter der Französischen Revolution in 1889. Coming from the "Pope of Marxism", as Kautsky was then known, this text likely had an immense influence on Lenin and other revolutionaries of his day. It 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. The original German is available here: https://www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/kautsky/1908/frev/index.html and an old French translation is available here: https://www.marxists.org/francais/kautsky/works/1889/00/antagonismes-table.htm

What makes this work especially good for us to translate is that it's relatively short - just around 60 pages in total, divided into 10 chapters. With each chapter being 5-7 pages each, it is conceivable to translate a chapter in one day's volunteer work. Comrade Akko has already translated the preface, and is working on chapter 1. That leaves 9 chapters to complete:

Preface: Complete!
Chapter 1: Second draft complete (French)
Chapter 2: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading complete (English)
Chapter 3: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed
Chapter 4: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading complete (English)
Chapter 5: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading complete (English)
Chapter 6: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed
Chapter 7: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed
Chapter 8: Complete! (Copyrighted work, permission secured)
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This children's cartoon is literally how grown ass adults in Yurop and Murica actually see this crisis.


kiddie things for infantile people


Anyone have Russian translations they need?


Help with Vietnamese translation of US propaganda during the 1960s? Thanks
(Posted in SEA thread here:)


fuck man I tried three times to link that post. Is this right?

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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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>educational podcast episodes


Fair point but you can't read while doing what's required daily to be an effective political citizen. Like some cardio and calisthenics, cooking healthy food, cleaning and chores. You do all that on the daily right anon?

Dr. Cornel West is interviewed by his peer (imo) Pascal Robert on the Mau Mau Hour on This Is Revolution podcast's last episode. Listening now and he's giving comprehensive answers. He's defining himself as a workers council communist not a revolutionary vanguard communist replying to the first question. Alright then.
Can post it here if it's not on the feed.


>dammit, we gave the DeSantis sonnenrad wunderkind the soapiest interview back in 21 and our patreon pigs are making enough noise about it to affect our real careers and standing
>what do
>sorry not sorry, we are non-confrontational by nature, the WORK that we do is hard and professional interpersonal relationships are also hard
>also I kind of like conservatives anyway
pretty educational


The Intifada Podcast discusses Dugin, part 1. It's pretty educational, they give a lot of historical context that most people will be unaware of. Two years ago was the time for this episode.


when im working full time and with long commutes audiobooks and good podcasts are a great alternative, stressing the purity of the book is counterproductive when most people do nothing to educate themselves. also plenty of people who have trouble reading for various other reasons that are more likely to listen to a podcast, i find its helpful to be familiar with a range of educational podcasts to be able to recommend to people who are sharp and curious but dont read


What are you genuine thoughts on Limonov, if you've encountered his writings? Do you think his philosophy is an understandable reaction to modern hyper individualist capitalism?
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>where do i start?
>i don't speak russian
well, it's not some political theory. you can start wherever you want. Limonov was predominantly novelist and poet and then politician.

But since you don't speak Russian, I can only recommend you "It's me Eddie" because I don't know about any other of his works being translated to English.


It's Me Eddie is very very good.


This is en exerpt of It's Me Eddie, which is a story about his experience in New York in the 80's. This is set in a cafe he worked where bankers and rich mediamen frequented.

>"It is they who have introduced a plague into this world."

>"The plague of money."
>"The disease of money."
>"The plague of buying and selling is their handiwork."
>"I hate this system."
>"And I am not ashamed that my hatred has sprung from my wifes betrayal."
>"I clear away your leftovers, while my wife fucks. And you amuse yourself with her for the sole reason that there is inequality."
>"She has a cunt for which there are buyers - you. And I don't have a cunt."
>"I'm going to blow up your world."





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When I got to Kant, I couldn't understand a thing, not a single thing: "transcendental idealism," "numena," "phenomena," "antinomies," "categories"-they all danced in my head like mysterious monsters. I grasped some of what Kant said about "man as an end in himself" and the "categorical imperative." But this categorical imperative looked to me like a cold piece of intestine, which you could fill with whatever you wanted, there was nothing living or vital here, nothing that would give a living answer to living questions.
Or maybe, it's just that I don't understand. Maybe my own intestine is too frail, maybe I'm not up to it. The pages of the book seemed to me an elaborate code I would never be able to decipher.
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Don't bother understanding it. You'll only be trying in vain to understand basic and obvious truths contained within a gigantic mess of utter schizophrenic nonsense. You may as well read ancient scripture.


>Don't bother understanding it. You'll only be trying in vain to understand basic and obvious truths contained within a gigantic mess of utter schizophrenic nonsense. You may as well read ancient scripture.
Lol how I feel about every wanna be prophet Euro philosopher who makes up pages of jargon..


Read a secondary text first maybe?


Lmao this exactly


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>When I got to Kant, I couldn't understand a thing, not a single thing: "transcendental idealism," "numena," "phenomena," "antinomies," "categories"
This but with Hegel

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What is your position on this?


On 26 July 1945, United States President Harry S. Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President of China Chiang Kai-shek issued the Potsdam Declaration, which outlined the terms of surrender for the Empire of Japan as agreed upon at the Potsdam Conference. This ultimatum stated if Japan did not surrender, it would face "prompt and utter destruction".[1] Some debaters focus on the presidential decision-making process, and others on whether or not the bombings were the proximate cause of Japanese surrender.

Over the course of time, different arguments have gained and lost support as new evidence has become available and as new studies have been completed. A primary and continuing focus has been on whether the bombing should be categorized as a war crime or as a crime against humanity. There is also the debate on the role of the bombings in Japan's surrender and the U.S.'s justification for them based upon the premise that the bombings precipitated the surrender. This remains the subject of both scholarly and popular debate, with revisionist historians advancing a variety of arguments. In 2005, in an overview of historiography about the matter, J. Samuel Walker wrote, "the controversy over the use of the bomb seems certain to continue".[2] Walker stated, "The fundamental issue that has divided scholars over a period of nearly four decades is whether the use of the bomb was necessary to achieve victory in the war in the Pacific on terms satisfactory to the United States."[2]

Supporters of the bombings generally assert that they caused the Japanese surrender, preventing massive casualties on both sides in the planned invasion of Japan: Kyūshū was to be invaded in November 1945 and Honshū four months later. It was thought Japan would not surrender unless there was an overwhelming demonstration of destructive capability. Those who oppose the bombings argue it was militarily unnecessary,[3] inherently immoral, a war crime, or a form of state terrorism.[4] Critics believe a naval blockade and conventional bombings would have forced Japan to surrender unconditionally.[5] Some critics believe Japan was more motivated to surrender by the Soviet Union's invasion ofPost too long. Click here to view the full text.
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My brother in Christ you have adopted one of W. E. B. Du Bois's worst takes


Japan didn't surrender because of the nukes. Japan surrendered because they lost the control of the seas and the USSR was kicking their ass in Machuria and they felt it was better to surrender to the US than to the USSR.


>"the Japanese" is a monolithic entity that collectively did anything
Actually even though their higher command was extremely factional and disunited so much so that it's really because of the decision of some general that Japan entered in a war against China, and that the higher ups only green lighted the attack on Pearl Harbor because they knew they would get shafted by the military if they didn't, Japan has probably the most nationalistic and jingoist population that existed in modern times. Kids were brainwashed with military propaganda and racist ideology in their school books as soon as they could learn to read, the overwhelming majority of Japanese people were delighted to see their colonial empire expand.


The idea behind terror bombing is demoralizing the enemy. This has, empirically, never worked, and only made the enemy fight harder. But idealists are not deterred by reality. Nukes were used as convenient public justification to surrender to the US rather than wait for the soviet army to fuck them and execute their Emperor, so no, even in the case of nukes it didn't work. Furthermore Operation August Storm was the actual reason the Japanese actually thought resistance was pointless. The Japanese military was so shell-shocked at Khalkin Gol's defeat that they ended all plans of attacking the USSR in the future and signed the Neutrality Pact with them, but I digress

The Japanese hadn't even gotten their reports back on what happened in Hiroshima before they got hit in Nagasaki, they literally had no time to do so. The atomic bombings of Japan had been meant as a "message" to Stalin by Truman in an attempt to scare him. It failed because Stalin had intelligence officers in the Nuclear program and was well aware of its progress, having already made preparations to provide the same for the USSR.

It's not that different compared to fire bombing entire cities, that it was not necessary to end the war fast because Japan was on the brink of surrendering, and that the green-light was given for three main reasons:
1) Testing the bomb against a real target and live population for scientific and military feedback
2) Optimizing the post war US geopolitical position in a Japan that was also being invaded by the USSR
3) Preparing the cold war and sending a message to the world: look what we are capable to do.
The "we had to do it or sacrifice hundreds of thousands of soldiers" is a retcon taught in school to keep the burger fiction about being the good guys

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>Japan now officially has to say they deserved it
Not quite. Japan still denies things like the Nanking Massacre and other war-crimes and insensitive comments from US politicians about Hiroshima and Nagasaki are subject to scandal and subsequent apology, such as in 2010 when the New Hampshire State Representative Nick Levasseur posted a facebook post saying that anime was the reason 2 nukes wasn't enough - and soon after posting a formal apology.

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Post all the studies in here that undermine capitalism. Post the title, a summary of the content and share either a link to or a PDF of the study in question.

Capitalism and extreme poverty: A global analysis of real wages, human height, and mortality since the long 16th century
< The common notion that extreme poverty is the “natural” condition of humanity and only declined with the rise of capitalism rests on income data that do not adequately capture access to essential goods.
<Data on real wages suggests that, historically, extreme poverty was uncommon and arose primarily during periods of severe social and economic dislocation, particularly under colonialism.
<The rise of capitalism from the long 16th century onward is associated with a decline in wages to below subsistence, a deterioration in human stature, and an upturn in premature mortality.
<In parts of South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, wages and/or height have still not recovered.
<Where progress has occurred, significant improvements in human welfare began only around the 20th century. These gains coincide with the rise of anti-colonial and socialist political movements.
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Does a narcissism epidemic exist in modern western societies? Comparing narcissism and self-esteem in East and West Germany
< Germany was formerly divided into two different social systems, each with distinct economic, political and national cultures, and was reunified in 1989/90. Between 1949 and 1989/90, West Germany had an individualistic culture, whereas East Germany had a more collectivistic culture. The German reunification provides an exceptional opportunity to investigate the impact of sociocultural and generational differences on narcissism and self-esteem.
<Our results showed that grandiose narcissism was higher and self-esteem was lower in individuals who grew up in former West Germany compared with former East Germany. Further analyses indicated no significant differences in grandiose narcissism, vulnerable narcissism or self-esteem in individuals that entered school after the German reunification (≤ 5 years of age in 1989)


Inflation Revelation: How Outsized Corporate Profits Drive Rising Costs
<A new report claims “resounding evidence” shows that high corporate profits are a main driver of ongoing inflation, and companies continue to keep prices high even as their inflationary costs drop.
<The report, compiled by the progressive Groundwork Collaborative thinktank, found corporate profits accounted for about 53% of inflation during last year’s second and third quarters. Profits drove just 11% of price growth in the 40 years prior to the pandemic, according to the report.


>This study compared capitalist and socialist countries in measures of the physical quality of life (PQL), taking into account the level of economic development. The World Bank was the principal source of statistical data for 123 countries (97 per cent of the world's population) (…) All PQL measures improved as economic development increased. In 28 of 30 comparisons between countries at similar levels of economic development, socialist countries showed more favorable PQL outcomes.


<Life after Communism: the facts
<Throughout the entire Yeltsin transition period, flight of capital away from Russia totalled between $1 and $2 billion US every month. • Each year from 1989 to 2001 there was a fall of approximately 8% in Russia’s productive assets. • Although Russia is largely an urban society, 3 out of every 4 people grow some of their own food in order to be able to survive. • Male life expectancy went from 64.2 years in 1989 to 59.8 in 1999. The drop in female life expectancy was less severe from 74.5 to 72.8 years. • The increase from 1990 to 1999 in the percentage of people living on less than $1 a day was greater in the former communist countries (3.7%) than anywhere else in the world. • The number of people living in ‘poverty’ in the former Soviet Republics rose from 14 million in 1989 to 147 million even prior to the crash of the rouble in 1998.


Does anyone here remember some publication by the IMF where they basically officially admitted that neoliberalism failed? It was posted on /leftypol/ a couple years ago and I forgot to save it

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Protein Compounds, especially in the gorm of enzyme systems, play a decisive part in metabolism, it is the basis of vital activity for every organism.
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Can wheat turn into rye?


my cum has protein


anti-materialist reactionary pseudoscience on the same tier as flat earth and Qanon


how do you even get a jaw like that with such sunken cheeks
i want that


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Get the bucal fat removal. It's all the rage right now.

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Was paganism in Europe the north of the Roman Empire even a thing?
Northern Paganism have given Catholics a perfect excuse to invade and oppress people of these territories, like how it happened in Prussia and other places, and it just so happens that everything we know about it was written by Catholics. None of these Northern Pagans thought that their religion, which they were supposedly practicing for centuries, was important enough to document it.
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it is in the name, it was a rural thing practiced by isolated groups. most barbarians practiced the religions that were common in the empire
the roman empire expanded into christianity, not the other way around. and not just from a material perspective, the church fathers twisted the original semitic cult into a vessel for their platonic philosophy. read contra celsum


>the church fathers twisted the original semitic cult into a vessel for their platonic philosophy
platonic philosophy arrived in Judea through the Hasmonean dynasty, and their is no "original" semitic cult. Judaism itself evolved out of Yahwism, which evolved out of Canaanite polytheism, which evolved out of various forms of Mesopotamian polytheism. By the end of the Babylonian captivity, Judaism had become monotheistic, began incorporating angels and demons from Zoroastrianism into their theology, and had begun incorporating platonic philosophy into their understanding of God. Judaism split into Sadducees, Essenes, Zealots, Pharisees, and Early Christians. Only Pharisees and Early Christians survived the Second Temple period. Pharisees became Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christians split between Jewish Christians and Pauline Christians. Pauline Christians evolved into Nicean Christians, which became the basis for Roman Catholicism, and Jewish Christians who still abided by dietary restrictions, etc. possibly became the basis for Islam later on. The idea that there is an "original" forgets that religions, just like languages, are fluid, evolving social constructs and not eternal doctrines that have "Fallen" from their original state. They split. They merge. They change. They grow. They shrink. They sometimes go extinct. But there is no "original" we can point to because if you go far back enough they evolve out of poorly documented pre-historical traditions like ancestor worship, ceremonial burial, oral myths and legends, etc. Before written history you have ~200,000 years of unwritten religious practice by the human species.


semitic cult as in, the original cult around jesus. please tell me that's a chatgpt prompt or something and you didn't write this shit by hand
/edu/ is supposed to be about education but I'm not going to explain historical materialism, it is clearly out of your league


>semitic cult as in, the original cult around jesus.
That's not what the word semitic means
> please tell me that's a chatgpt prompt or something and you didn't write this shit by hand
I did type it myself, yes.
>/edu/ is supposed to be about education but I'm not going to explain historical materialism, it is clearly out of your league
Have you eaten today? Did you get enough sleep? It seems like you might be in a bad mood.


>platonic philosophy arrived in Judea through the Hasmonean dynasty
You mean the Greek Seluecid dynasty

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