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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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Can someone get me a digital copy of Pikkety's Capital?


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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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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History is one of the most powerful types of texts you can give to people who are new to leftism. By that I don't necessarily mean pushing Howard Zinn (though that can be a good idea, depending on the context), but simply finding a good marxist text about a time period the high-schoolers you're taking care of might be interested. Like, finding out about how nightmarish the formation of capitalism was can be just as powerful as reading Marx. So Parenti (for more recent stuff like Yugoslavia), Thompson, etc. can be great introductions without being too difficult to read.


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"?


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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?

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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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Thanks anon.


Why did Marx say this:
>England has to fulfill a double mission in India: one destructive, the other regenerating the annihilation of old Asiatic society, and the laying the material foundations of Western society in Asia.


Engels is talking about Britain essentially uprooting India's culture and unlike prior conquerors (all of whom are Asian) The British had a completely foreign culture and developmentally surpassed India in all regards, permitting them to utterly dominate Indian culture. This and their selfish industrial development provided India the push to break off from its under-developed feudalism. Essentially Britain's power acts as a force to push the historical dialectics of India to the next level.


>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.



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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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I am not worried because I don't give anyone a reason to start a witch hunt. No posters, or evil flags or memes, I do try to present "all sides" in a way that lets them analyze things critically and teach them research methods. I'm not here wearing che guevara shirts.
All branches of government, and then a semester of basic economics and financial literacy. I do not want to do a "stock market game" as many people do.
You're right, and if I skip it I might end up being accused of being a commie and all. The students are already aware of it being heavily ideologically and politically driven since they're about to graduate.


It's always good to let students discover things on their own. Like the other anon suggests. Once a kid was asking me about socialism and stalin and the crimes of communism. I simply questioned him and his sources, like "could you find out where this infromation originates? who wrote this? where is the original research? is this a reputable researcher? what criticisms have people made about them?". Originally I told him I wasn't convinced about socialism. A month later he was trying to convince me that most things I had heard about communism were not true. Hehe, great success.

So I think having kids do their own research is profitable.

I think it can be good to introduce the idea that naziism was a project by industrialists to expand their profits and rid the country of all "innefficiencies". Idk how true it is, I'm not an expert.

Also great to encourage kids to find commonality of naziism in the conflicts of today. They'll for sure say "russia!" but if you encourage them to look beyond the ethnic cleansing and see other instances of scapegoating that have been used to wage war on others. Also good to not have "wrong" answers, more than anything to exercise thinking, but you're probably a better teacher than I am, so what the fuck do I know.


>branches of government
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.
>basic economics
You could teach some classical economics as a gateway to the LTV.
>stock market game
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.


>I think it can be good to introduce the idea that naziism was a project by industrialists to expand their profits and rid the country of all "innefficiencies". Idk how true it is, I'm not an expert.
wait, didn't nazism exist in the first place and then got taken advantage of by capitalists?


This isn't an answer, but I just want to congratulate you on trying. I had a lefty teacher too once, and he was the one that helped me find the other few leftists in the school(which in a school of majority asians isn't easy) and actually start to do shit, learning from the activists in the school and learning how to avoid becoming useless or figureheads from the student gov(though to be honest, there were a few students and faculty[even a fucking librarian] that were allied with us involved in that, so it's not like there wasn't motivation to try).
He(along with an English teacher I didn't like at first but grew to respect later on) also got me out of my Caleb Maupin-ish phase, so I have to thank them for that too.


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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Drop those PDF's or else
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They are just taking the average ratings. Among US advocates for electoral reform this is called Range Voting. The only new thing (though even this is debatable since I don't know everything) is that the voting scale goes not from zero to something positive or is symmetric with positive and negative, but it goes zero to very negative. From a mathematical point of view, this is completely irrelevant. With strategic voters it works out the same (they will only use the most extreme ratings). But it might make a psychological difference.

You could do much, much worse than using average ratings. But this text appears very superficial and misleading. First of, outside of the writings of these authors the word consensus means something else. Almost any voting method in use prevents that an option A wins whenever there is an option B that Pareto-dominates A, that is B is preferred by at least one person while nobody prefers option A to B. In that sense, consensus methods are used everywhere. But saying you "use consensus" refers to the more restrictive idea (which doesn't scale well) that literally nobody in the group is against the decision.

And second, the "analysis" of strategic voting is hilarious. Some little kids tried to be strategic and it didn't work out for them this one time, so strategy doesn't matter… SERIOUSLY?

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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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>How to argue and win every time
a good book about how to argue ?, if not is there others.
one i'd like is how to combat sophistry, because right winger and right-wing adjacent like breadtubers and their fans love it.


The arch-typical capitalist story features a guy who starts with nothing but an idea, an idea nobody else has, and then this marvelous guy (who is a fusion of entrepreneur and engineer) is the first to bring the idea to market and is justly rewarded with fabulous riches. The Box by Marc Levinson (I read the 2nd edition, 2016) is not such a story. It's about the development of container shipping. And it's not really one thing, but an interlocking system of parts that must be compatible to bring the big savings. It did not take off earlier because of multiple reasons like anti-monopoly regulation standing in the way of one firm controlling several parts and making them compatible and transport fees depending on the particular goods (since you can't look inside containers, the default was to charge the highest fee!), and last but not least, unions being afraid of losing jobs (and with good reason).

It's a good book but drags on a bit.


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is there a book talking about this guy ?.
Molotov has more books about him.


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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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And all of 12 comments.

Leftypol must be filled with fatasses


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>mfw I just ran over a mile because I had some time to kill.
also here's that excerpt about Lenin being a gymbro


I sure the time deserved it, but I hope the mile is ok


>Isnt fittness just something extremely common in general
lmao this
but either way, the major communist parties have run sporting groups since at least the comintern in many countries


who are you talking to lmao

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