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Reading group for Volume 1 of Capital. The reading pace will adjust to suit the group, but we will aim for an average of 1 chapter per week, starting slower and speeding up as we move from abstract to concrete toward the end.

The Book
The version we are using as our standard is the Penguin Classics edition (attached .epub) but others including other languages are fine. We are only planning to read Volume 1 currently.
There has also been an audiobook suggested which matches this version of the text and may be useful to helping read it.
Audiobook: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUjbFtkcDBlSHVigHHx_wjaeWmDN2W-h8

The Format
This thread is intended for
<announcements and updates
<supplementary material.
<long-form posts, effortposts, OC
<slower discussion in general
The matrix chat is intended for
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Marxists dot org study guide for Capital Volume 1


We have covered the first two sections of Chapter 1 and move on to Chapter 1 section 3 for week 2.
The scheduled meetings are as follows:
<Wed Jan 25th @ 11pm UTC
<Fri/Sat Jan 27/28th @ 1am UTC
<Sat Jan 28th @ 7pm UTC

There is actually a study guide on marxists.org for Capital!
These include study questions and links to the glossary for important terms.
For the next meeting, try to have an answer these study questions and bring any questions of your own about section 3.

>1. Why is Marx bothering to take all this time going back to barter in tribal times?

>2. What does this chapter say about the prospect of getting away from capitalism by going back to barter and local exchange systems?
>3. Why did gold come to be used as money?
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A list of reading groups and their schedules that have chosen to advertise themselves here. Take a minute to check them out. If you would like to promote your reading group, feel free to leave a comment telling people where they can go.

>>5912 /read/

>>6162 Continental Floppa
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/kapital/ 2023 is >>12217 here.


The fiction chapter was actually pretty nice and made me a bit happier about paying full price for the book. I do feel like it would have been better with fewer citations and more primary arguments. I would hope that the authors can collaborate with eco-marxist academics or literature in the future to produce a substantial, interdisciplinary work, which includes a lot more social science.

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ITT: resources and tips about navigating the Internet and researching topics

Feel free to post your own resources and tips too.

I'm going to post a lot of my own that I have gathered over the years.
I ask that random chit-chat in this thread is kept to a minimum except regarding technical questions & answers on the topic matter.
This is so that resources are kept as compact as possible, and so, readable.

First I'll dump resources and tips for researching various topics.
Note: I don't even have access to or use some of these myself (e.g. LexisNexis which seems to be pay-to-use), but I figure they could be helpful in some narrow cases. I use most of these myself. If the initial things I post don't interest you, keep reading anyway. I'm going to be dumping a lot of content.

Find key terms in newspapers and magazines.
I would say this is more helpful for finding sources that do exist rather than for reading them, per se. You can try to read the articles elsewhere than PressReader if you know their titles or part of their body text. The site appears to brand itself as pay-to-use, however you can use the search tool anyway and even read some resulting articles.
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https://archive.ph/dMn5N, save with control+s.
if you feel savvy, you can use https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/wpull
a comparison of web archiving tools exists here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FqxwaZnIhhQ7jDCC-W64NMRf5rDeh2Shx3u01MsBmTQ
or as pdf version in file attached. (if the pdf doesn't render well use zathura (linux) or sumatra pdf (windows)


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What are the best books that give a historical look of how worker strikes are organized?
I need some directions and strategies to possibly organize my colleagues.

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Drop those PDF's or else
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There has been a second edition in 2021.


thank you comrade!
i have the pdf of the newer one but post the older one on accident lol.


too add to the thread, here is Samir Amin's critique of the concept of "underdevelopment" instead of the reality of over-exploitation. the title of Amin's book "imperialism and unequal development" speaks for itself.


I Love you comrade


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What recent historical events are super important to know about or really interesting but the younger generation doesn't? Ideally stuff that isn't just relevant to one small region of the world.


Oh no I put the apostrophe in the wrong place(USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST)


Literal Nazi and burger cooperation in the 2014 coup in the ukraine


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Hello comrades. I propose a general thread in an attempt to get the /edu/ ball rolling again. Everytime you visit /edu/, post in this thread. Tell us about what you're thinking about, what you're reading, an interesting thing you have learned today, anything! Just be sure to pop in and say hi.
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>>12248 (me)
(I'm not 12246 and I see what you are doing here.)
I don't consider it annoying per se. It depends on the frequency of usage and whether I have high expectations of the quality of the conversation or not. People often conjure up motives why somebody is saying or doing this or that and these motives can be pretty offensive. Even worse, some people make up me saying things I never said so they "win" some virtual debate. (I don't even believe they are very deliberate about this, but suspect their memory about the less important people in their lives is like Swiss cheese.)

So sticking for a moment to what is plain and observable and just rephrasing things can be an improvement over that. I don't have an interest right now in carrying on this ELIZa-ish convo for long because it derails the thread and you might be trolling… yet I have to admit that when it comes to some people in my life, it would be thrilling for me if they talked back like that.


can anyone answer my question here ?.




<A physician ordered ear drops to be administered to the right ear of a patient suffering pain and infection there. Instead of writing out completely the location “Right ear” on the prescription, the doctor abbreviated it so that the instructions read “place in R ear.” Upon receiving the prescription, the duty nurse promptly put the required number of ear drops into the patient’s anus.
That's an example of people switching off their brains because they are following an expert, from Influence (5th edition) by Robert B. Cialdini. This book is a classic about the simple mental heuristics we use to judge quickly and how sales people trick these heuristics, using among other things contrast effects and fake scarcity. The author not only has a background in psychological experiments, but also went undercover to learn the ropes of selling people crap. He writes in a humble style and shares anecdotes about himself getting tricked. Readers of prior editions share some anecdotes as well. He also got permission to republish some on-topic newspaper cartoons (most dull parts of the book IMHO). Good book with a massive source list.

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i'm curious to learn about him, how catastrophic was he for soviet agriculture or was he actually not all that bad? i'd appreciate some reading material about this matter too thanks
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the destruction of the kulaks and their actual agricultural expertise meant people like lysenko could come along and peddle their woo


Thank you for sharing your opinion Professor Jordan Peterson





>agricultural expertise
ha! good one!

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What are the best books that give a nuance look at the use of in history political violence. I was talking with my friend about the antifa guy who punched Richard Spencer, and he thought it was bad optics because it gave him more sympathy for his ideas. And that got me thinking about the potential bad optics the use of political violence can have. And what situations warrant the use of violence and what situations warrant an alternative method.
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don't need to be lectured by an Incel and a pedophile


Thank you. Sorel does not get enough attention.




you talking about yourself?


I’m looking for books on the history of anarchism in France and the United States.

I’m especially looking for texts on individualist anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism in France/the US, between 1860-1920s.

I know I know, vague.


<This is the story of the infamous Bonnot Gang: the most notorious French anarchists ever, and the inventors of the motorized get-away

<The history of labor in the United States is a story of almost continuous violence. In Dynamite, Louis Adamic recounts one century of that history in vivid, carefully researched detail. Covering both well- and lesser-known events—from the riots of immigrant workers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century to the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)—he gives precise, and often brutal, meaning to the term "class war."


Got anything about American individualist anarchism since that was the first school of anarchist thought to arrive in America?

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