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The article talks about how far-right groups use self-improvement to recruit people into their own ranks by associating positive change with Fascism.

As a former Fascist, this is basically how I got into the ideology and stayed because I had experienced genuine positive change in my life and I thought that this was somehow the miracle of Fascism.

Which made me wonder, what are left wingers opinion on fitness in general? What are their ways of combating the above issue I just mentioned?
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Optimal for what? Sitting in front of the computer all day?


Doing cardio eating healthy and having a normal bmi
Bodybuilding is not healthy for the body


if you want to build some muscle mass to be strong or for asthetic reasons thats no problem but do it in a healthy way



You should be able to see your abs in good lighting.


man liberals love giving fascists attention and publicity

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I am teaching government civics this year in a school and need resources that are /leftypol/ adjacent but not *too* on the nose. Ideally some documentaries would be nice. I am expected to do a lesson on "victims on communism" or whatever (for senior level students) but I'd rather just actually teach them Marxism or the effects of imperialism. I'm not new to teaching, just this section and don't want to rely solely on propagandized textbooks.
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Hey sir, can you post the intended curriculum here for laughs? Many of us don't truly understand the American Experience™ and this could help shed some light on it.
(Don't share anything that would be too specific to your location/school: I'm assuming it's a state-wide curriculum like we have here)

I had one who was never explicit in his beliefs but was evidently 'left'-leaning. There was an optional activity after his lectures (night time) where he would put on films, some were comedies or culturally significant to our field of science, but many were thought-provocative like the Enron documentary (Smartest Men in the Room), 12 Angry Men, etc. and would occasionally hint at ideas of collaboration and social constructiveness in his talks. In an analytical field, it was clear he was someone who could see problems in the systems we have and why they fuck everything up for us professionally (think of the whistleblowers in the Challenger disaster that were ignored, resulting in loss of life). There was even a tutorial dedicated to rhetoric, because 'being correct or right doesn't mean anything if you can't get your boss to listen to you', and discussion dedicated to the risks and potential strategies of whisteblowing. Not comparable to what you said but a potential eye-opener, and not one that could get you fired either.
As he would say, he wasn't an educator, he was a teacher.


Teach them Victims of Communism but explicitly list Nazi soldiers as the dead


>I think you want to emphasize the origin of the bourgeois republic in the absolutist state apparatus. Germany's civil service had a near seamless transition.
That sound sinteresting, give OP some books he could cite
>You could teach some classical economics as a gateway to the LTV.
>What if you simulated an economic cycle but most students were workers and some stakeholders? You could tie both into each other, as the coordination of funds is the most important aspect of the stock market.
That will be too on the nose and risky


Well it's important not to objectify or dehumanize the victims by merely treating them as numbers, as educators tend to do. I recommend OP also explore who these victims were and what they did.


>give OP some books he could cite
PDF related is where I read about the German civil service. At least in European history the change from constitutional monarchy or absolutism to bourgeois democracy was less of a rupture as it is often made out to be. The point is to sidestep the "muh freedom" line of argument and accurately portray a transformation of the state apparatus. For US history this could mean focusing on the economic causes for the civil war.
>That will be too on the nose and risky
Then what is the bourgeois position on the stock market. That it's all fun and games?

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Is this a good book? I've heard it's a more serious work than Pinker's or Harari's work, but I'm not sure if this is meant to propagandize for anarchism.


Personally I think it was ok, people think it refuted Marx or something but it doesn't. I don't see why people fight over whether cavemen only traded stuff with each other based on their immediate personal needs or not, even kids trade toys just for the sake of trading those gained with someone else.


I liked it but I'm an anarchist. It's an academic book so it can get a little overwhelming at parts with the endless cultures and their little rituals and ways of life. It's not propaganda but they do argue that there are alternatives to what we have now. From what I read it was meant to "make space" for subsequent books but I guess that's out of the window now…

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Thread on the Indian Peninsula and Surrounding Areas Closely Tied to the Country
To unite various Indian topics that cropped up: Post historical and modern geopolitical discussion, memes, photos and pdfs on the topic. Keep it civil and no bad faith dogma, spam or bait, keep that to /siberia/
Contribute to Leftypedia: https://leftypedia.org/wiki/India >>3780 thread
Articles on Britain, Pakistan and more needed.

Important Topics
>Pre-Colonial Indian History
Indian history that isn't just British colonialism. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs warring over each other sounds way more exciting but you rarely hear anything about the era and the place. Recommend any books to easily get into the settings of the culture(s).

>Colonial India

History of British colonialism and it's exploitation and impact on the country(s). British humanitarian crimes such as the Black Hole of Calcutta are welcome to be posted.

>Modern India

Modern political, social and economic issues of India ranging from international conflict to internal turmoil. Environmental issues also welcome.
An Indian Dentist that does political writing on the state of the country and has soviet sympathies: http://bill-purkayastha.blogspot.com/
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>On 17 October 2020, the Indian communist movement looks back on a century of courageous resistance against tyranny, oppression, and exploitation. This was a century of sacrifices by hundreds of thousands of revolutionaries of the Indian communist movement who pledged their lives to the dream of an egalitarian and a truly democratic society. Thousands of cadre were martyred on this path and many more continue to carry forward the dream and the fight in the face of state repression, violence, and infinite efforts at subversion.




Here's some major documents and material by CPI (ML) People's War


Also here's a detailed explanation of the history of Sri Lanka from a Marxist perspective by Comrade Shanmugathasan


A very detailed explanation of the history of the Indian state of Karnataka from a Marxist Perspective by Comrade Saki

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Don't ask how, but now I'm responsible for a club of high-schoolers that are self-described "baby leftists" and want to learn more. As far as I'm aware, they don't seem to be as lib-brained as I expected(though they certainly still are to some extent), so I really don't want to mess this up.

Apart from the classic reading lists of /leftypol/, what are some other accessible texts(history especially, because some of the AP history and english teachers here are quite anti-communist even by lib standards and their curriculums reflect that) that I could give them and expect them to get through?
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I like Byung-Chul Han, but he does go on some Hegelian and Heideggerian tangents that are nigh impenetrable if you're not already acquainted with the stuff (and even then…). Graeber is fine though, but maybe some of his other works might be more interesting?


This is a fun one.


I've been reading this document on the history of the PLP, and this passage stuck out to me:

>SNCC was critical of the non-violent King leadership, but correctly united with him during the mass campaigns like the 1963 March on Washington, the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer and the 1965 Selma demonstrations. In the heyday of this phase of the movement (1961-1965) PL was far too small to be considered as a useful ally for SNCC, which had at one point 700 full-time cadre, more than 90% Black and 50% working class, and directly led more than 150,000 Black people in SNCC chapters or in allied organizations, like the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. PL, on its part, was turned off by SNCC’s official non-violent policy. (In practice, however, especially in Mississippi SNCC cadre were involved in armed self-defense; the PL leadership was largely ignorant of what was really going on in the South.) PL’s members were tied to New York City and either too ignorant of what was going on or too arrogant towards the Southern struggle to participate in the struggle as rank and file SNCC cadre.

Given that I'm also dealing with eager urban kids, I want to make sure that they don't fall into the same traps of being eager to act with fellow comrades in a different region but being too ignorant to act properly. Is there anything I can teach them in that regard other than the obvious "Get debriefed by local comrades"?



>Is there anything I can teach them in that regard other than the obvious "Get debriefed by local comrades"?
Not really, other than "You're here to support them, not take over for them" or something to that effect.
People get enthusiastic but need to temper their egos and idealism.

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Issues #1-6 used to be for sale here:


And issue #2 can be found here: https://repository.duke.edu/dc/wlmpc/wlmms01029 (The other issues doesn't seem to be part of their collection.)

But is a whole set to be found anywhere?


What is some socdem or demsoc theory?

It doesn't necessarily have to be 'democratic' but also 'monarchic' or 'aristocratic' or even mixed aslong as it doesn't eschew the democracy as such. I cannot accept tankie dogmatism in regards atheism/secularism otherwise I'd just be a useful idiot.


Mein Kampf


Giovanni Gentile

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Anon from the cybercom thread suggested I post this here as well. A forum for political economy research started by Marxists. Classical Econophysics is listed on the resource page.

>The goal of this forum is to create a community for producing and reproducing scientific knowledge in political economy that exists totally outside of the realm of academia, the world of bourgeois non-profits and thinktanks, and the state apparatus. Today, political economy, which has been transformed into the “scientific” discipline of economics, has been both gutted of its most insightful content and held back by obscurantist and outdated mathematical models. It was once the case, in the days of Smith, Ricardo and Marx, that political economy was a form of thinking, researching and discussion which was undertaken by a broad public: working men, skilled craftsmen, professionals, clergy and professors. In this time, people didn’t write textbooks of economics, books to be taught by rote learning, they wrote books which were meant to be read by people interested in political economy and further their own research and understanding.

>This forum is built on the optimism for human curiosity and ingenuity, on the hope that there’s a possibility for creating a social science that isn’t trapped in the confines of a state ideology. A place for discussing political economy and related issues outside of the universities, economic bureaucracies and institutes funded by and for the ruling class; to the extent individuals from that world use this forum it should be to escape that world. On the other side of things, while it would be excellent for the work of this forum and its users to go on and inspire political movements, the forum itself is not sectarian, and is intended as a place for a general scientific community where all stripes of researchers can present their findings and debate.

>The features of this site are intended to nurture such a community. Users can write posts on their own personal blogs in long form to describe their research, as well as follow the works of other users. The actual forum allows users to create topics to discuss anything political economy related, as well as developments in real world economies, keeping dialogue open and inclusive to the public. The debates in the forum can teach people about political economy, as well as inspire further investigat
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Look interesting. I don't have the know-how to contribute anything, but I would read the stuff on there.

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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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How the fuck does one learn a language. It feels like no matter how much I try, the target language is near incomprehensible.


I can only speak from my experience of learning English in secondary education:
You need to avoid the trap of instinctively translating into your native language and accept a languages vocabulary as distinct words, then maybe build their meaning of association with several words from your native language. This becomes easier, when you can judge singular unknown words from their context. Even words with direct correspondence will often have slightly different connotations. (Compare steel with the German equivalent Stahl. They describe the same object, yet when used symbolically, the English word has a lighter connotation, that may also describe intense mental preparation (to steel yourself). In contrast Stahl sounds more war-like. I associate the English word with bluish, flexible steel and the German word with a gray, hard and durable material.)
While reading, you need the words to make sense without translating and while writing, you need the words to closely describe what you are thinking. If your thoughts often involve language, you might also try forcing yourself to think in the language you want to learn. You may later find the ability to voice thoughts in this language useful, if it has more accurate descriptors for a topic than your native language.


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


Here we post our fields of expertise, in hopes to share the knowledge with our fellow comrades. Ask any questions to comrades in this thread regarding their skills, and post your own. Maybe we can create a chat eventually to teach things at a more in depth level.

Me: Native English speaker, very good at math, okay at similar sciences, and computer science, can help with music regarding drums/guitar/songwriting etc.

I'm particularly interested in learning Chinese (Mandarin), I've just started learning some basics, if anyone has any advice or resources for learning that would be great.
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This sounded like a good idea, did anything come out of it?




Such is the life of most image boards.


I found my clone lmao

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