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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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Hi friend. I’m almost done reading Bullshit Jobs: a theory.


Wondering how to get USanos with an libshit allergy to Stalin to study Stalin's works


is anybody here?




Yeah, just holiday busy. I bought a book I plan on reading soon. I'm somewhat tired of the book I was reading previously.


Reading Frances Stonor Saunders' Who Paid the Piper? about the cultural Cold War of the mid-20th century. It's really interesting but the "cast" of important figures is vast and quickly becomes difficult to keep track of.

Willing to compile a short list of the most mentioned people if enough interest arises.

Anyway, I like the book because it paints a really good picture of how great of a job the CIA did painting itself as innocuous when it came to cultural matters, even though it was pretty much everywhere. I imagine most of us are familiar with the horror stories of 1950's McCarthyism, but the other side of the coin is just as interesting to me: it could be as simple as getting a pre-screening of a new John Wayne western and slipping them a few thousand bucks to put more of an emphasis on freedom and individualism. Didn't even have to be an explicitly anti-communist movie, even though there were enough of those to go around as well - quite the opposite, the CIA's involvement in cultural projects it didn't start itself was designed to steer independent art in a direction that benefited it most.

Another great example of how the CIA achieved this was by appropriating burgeoning artistic movements before they had a chance to make a name - or a means of making a living - for themselves: the abstract expressionist movement that arose from the New York avant-garde. In the name of freedom and fatherland, through CIA assets like the MoMA, artists like Rothko got more exposure and cash than they knew what to do with.
I'm not through with the book yet and I know my thoughts seem scattered as all fuck but still, I recommend it if you can keep track of all the guys.


Don't know how active this is but I came and I saw.


Slow board, now on a new website. Things are a lot slower than they used to be, we can only hope threads like this help garner attention towards the board.


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Hello comrades. I came to check in on you today.
How are you? I know things are slow now, but, things will pick up. Remember: "We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a while. For you must not forget that we can also build. It is we who built these palaces and cities, here in Spain and America and everywhere. We, the workers. We can build others to take their place. And better ones. We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing in this minute."


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Is René Guenon /leftypol/.org approved?


>fell for a /lit/ meme


I am spreading myself thin between work stuff, errands, comradely work, and depression.

I bought On the origin of family. So far the writing is good. I needed something mellow, easy and pleasant to read. I'm tired of struggling to understand what I'm reading. I thought of reading fiction but it feels so pointless at this moment, I don't know why.


I'm getting strong urge to start quantitative finance thread as I spent lot of time studying rigorous books on option pricing and stochastic calculus during lockdown picking up few tendies here and there

I know, I know, this is no place for profaned bourgeoisie 'science' but I genuinely think there are few things we can learn from how modern 'quants' are modelling markets and how traders actually interpret it without even discussing actual trading.

There is not much linear programming involved so I do think it warrants separate thread from dickblast. whatdoyathink?


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Hello everyone. Very happy to see you're still posting here.

What are your goals for the new year?


Do it, I may be able to participate with stochastic discussion but I'm by no means an expert.
>I'm tired of struggling to understand what I'm reading.
Kek I've had this, origin of family is a good book to relieve that. I've always hated fiction also. Zizek's more normie targetted books are good too.

I'm okay. Very anxious to start uni again. Hope you're good comrade.


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Just finished the portion on the national question in Foundations of Leninism. I was just reading that portion because the chapter of a party I'm a part of was discussing panafricanism.

tl;dr communists in the imperial core must advocate the right of secession of imperial holdings, communists in the imperial holdings can advocate either


Thanks for the recommendations. Which are zizek's normie books? Sublime Object of Ideology?


It's the year of the ox, so I'm hoping to get a cow gf if I can

Ngl it ain't looking good so far


I haven't read that one, I dunno how much it assumes knowledge of Lacan/psychoanalysis but it's definitely one of his most important works. 'Violence' and 'Virtue and Terror are good intro texts. The latter (he writes the preface* to a collection of Robespierre works and Zizek's analysis is far more interesting imo) is the first thing I read by Zizek, it's good and short just read it and see if it's your thing to be honest. 'Living In The End Timer' is also great, very large but it's almost like a collection of short stories about culture and relating these things to communism/psychoanalysis/philosophy, so you can pick it up and put it down without having to really follow a coherent 'story'. I'd recommend googling terms you aren't familiar with (objet petit a and so on) but not dwelling on this too much because you will come to understand these concepts and the way Zizek thinks through osmosis.

*He did a series of prefaces with Verso books, haven't read any others but I imagine they are all quit normie friendly, I'm sure there will be one on a topic you're interested in.

Will pray for you comrade.


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I have to make a work on hegel pls post hot pics of hegel or pics that depict the dialectical process ok thx


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ere ya go mate


Lovely sentiments. I applaud your choice of Against the Grain, especially.
> And now i realize that i never really changed my deep views that much, but was looking for things that gave words to my feelings and desires.
I relate deeply to this.


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>what you're thinking about
Thinking about the Spectacle and how far it extends. I have a friend that cannot go five minutes without making a reference to some meme or popular culture. I sometimes fall into this trap as well. I find it disturbing that, rather being bound by lived experience, our interactions are mediated by something manufactured and artificial. And if I feel this way about just talking with my friends, does it infect other spheres of other relationships?

>what you're reading

After reading some of Marx's basic works, I am covering some of his essays. I have just finished Civil War in France and I intend to read Value Price and Profit next. After reading that and covering some of Marx's other works, I am unsure if I should go into Psychoanalysis or ecology

>interesting thing you have learned today

After thinking that the Union hymn "John Brown's Body" was based off of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," apparently it is the other way around.



If I want to truly understand the liberal mindset, who do I set out reading?
Locke and Rousseau?


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is anybody here?


sure, yeah


Those and Adam Smith, if you want Classical Liberalism. You could read some sections from Wealth of Nations (no need to bother with the whole thing) and Theory of Moral Sentiments


I'm an ex-/pol/tard, currently anarchist, please recommend me a book or two.
I am not really interested in becoming a leftist, but I wanna know what socialism/communism really is.


State and Revolution.
Turned me from anarchist to ML.


This one is my favorite, a very simple summary of Capital. Let's be totally honest here, Marx writes like a fag.


Trying to read all the books on the /read/ reading list and I've finished reading The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism by Lenin. It was shorter than I expected at only 5 pages and its like a short and sweet recap of what I've read in Socialism Utopian and Scientific. Overall it was an enjoyable read and my first introduction into Lenin's work.
I also read Principles of Communism too which was another good short read and reads like a FAQ, I liked that it was written in easier to understand english than other works by Marx and Engels. Sometimes it would take reading a page twice to understand what was being said by them


What a nice post to read.
:) have a good day anon.


Thanks! I hope you have a good day too


/read/fag here. Glad to see people are making good use of our reading list. We made it public in the first place so that people outside the group could also benefit from it. If you have any questions or comments about any of the books, feel free to join our chat. We also recently started a new reading group for new members, which is something that might interest you. Check our thread for any info you might need, >>4899


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Does anyone have any Hegel reading lists? Trying to get a grip on him and his philosophy


Check out this thread:

I bet there are people willing to pay a premium to have someone else buy an e-book for them and pirate it.
I can't seem to find a specific e-book online for free. I'm hesitant to buy it because it's like 30 USD and it'd only be for me. If I do buy it, I'd hate for it to be only for me, I'd rather share it. But I'm not skilled enough to cover my tracks, so I'd rather not do it.


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I'll vouch for Solomon's book which helped me tons when reading the Phenomenology. There are two new translations by Pinkard and Inwood. I have a slight preference towards Pinkard but either of them is better than the old standard Miller. Start with Hegel's Lecture on the Philosophy of History (which is the most accessible) and the secondary resources.


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Just passing by, carry on chaps


Just passing by, but I was wondering what would be a good way to develop myself philosophically and economically in a communistic way?


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Read books and learn, learn, learn. What to read depends on what you already know and what you would like to know.

If you're interested in getting started with marxist theory in general, https://leftyread.ml/schedules/tilmeeth.html and the old leftypol list (pic related) are both good lists. For economics and political economy, the other pic related is a good chart. For philosophy in general, and if you're interested in taking the whole historical tour of western philosophy, Plato is not a bad place to start.

Just remember to take it easy and not get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of books to read and things to learn out there. Take it one step at a time, but knowing that reading and learning are really just never-ending processes.


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Good history book covering Soviet Union from the late 20s or early 30s to post-war period?


The book diagram is nonsense, see post No. 1314990 here: https://bunkerchan.net/leftypol/res/1314909.html


Up to around 1933 Carr's History of Soviet Russia is great.


Am currently reading Capital vol I., together with Harvey's companion, frenchies' Reading Capital and Heinrich's Introduction to 3 volumes of Capital.


i'm from a poor family of brown mud people how do i become educated enough to slay the wh*te bougie menace with a flick of my tongue

I just got done reading Wage Labour and Capitol over the course of a week on my lunch breaks at work, might have to read it again as Marx is pretty obtuse at times.

I think I would benefit a lot from seeing the things Marx talks about from a different perspective, as what he says in WG&C is pretty intuitively obvious if you've had a job but I can't help but feel everything he asserts is just a bunch of made up bullshit


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Supremely based. Best of luck comrade. Marx can be obtuse but he was well known for being able to completely dessimate people in debates, his body of work can't be understated here. Just read a Capital summary tbh. Then some more political work if you're interested in destroying people, Critique of the Gotha program, Origin of the Family is good too. Can't be understated though that destroying people comes from a long self education where you gain lots of knowledge and think deeply about a wide array of topics

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