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>>6162 Continental Floppa

edit: linking the old Reading Thread sticky, for easy reference: >>>/leftypol_archive/5825951


That link for Continental Floppa is the thread specifically about the Althusser essays and lectures. The main thread for that group (with a shitload of PDFs) is here >>5028


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Continental Floppa is moving on to a new subject.
Thread here >>9279



Read the nonfiction chapters of Half Earth Socialism.
The video game they made to promote the book is very fun and thought provoking, so I bought the book.

The book is not particularly good. It attempts to link the necessity of economic planning and large scale rewilding (half of the terrestrial surface must be nature preserves in order to have a viable ecosystem). The thesis of the book is that a planned economy is nessecary to preserve human life on earth, but the argument entirely rests on the unsupported assertion that "Half of the earth could not remain uncommodified under capitalism". No attempt is made to develop this claim through an economic argument. The authors criticize John Bellamy Foster and the Monthly Review school on ecology for merely reading Marx with viridian tinted glasses. Lacking an economic theory, the authors of Half Earth Socialism have no way to prove their point. Instead, they rely on extensive citations from the scientific literature describing the current impacts of the capitalist world-syste, and tearing apart neoliberal fantasies about geoengineering. The book contains almost 50 pages of citations, and the main text including introduction is only 180 pages.

Its a very puzzling book, the authors are familiar with neurath, beer, etc regarding planned economies, but fail to invoke the law of requisite variety in their critiques of geoengineering, despite referencing it in planning.

The authors and game developers had a research group during the game development process, and the game developers actually mentioned these undeveloped ideas in the general intellect unit podcast, that could have produce a systematic critique of geoengineering.

The high reference density and dependance of citing an argument instead of printing it reminds me of a lot of popular science / popular economics writing. I am pretty disappointed with the book, but look forward to reading the fiction chapter at the end. The authors are at least capable researchers and prose writers.


/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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Does this chart has any ACTUAL value at all, or it is just theorycel masturbation? If has any value, what are some key books on this chart to read?


I don't know why there's so much Nietzsche on there, so it might just be a meme, but Family, Private Property, and The State stands out as a good read. Any sane person would read the pair of shorter essays(Wage, Labor and Capital and Value, Price, and Profit) along with Engels' Socialism: Utopian and Scientific before even attempting to break into Capital.

Last row is worth reading if you want to learn more about Imperialism, though read Lenin's Imperialism before doing so. I haven't gotten very far into any of these works so I can't say much more on the topic.

Blackshirts and Reds is the first steps on de-programming the liberal take on previous socialist states, but it is only a starting point and you will need to do further research before sharing your knowledge with more skeptical people. You might not want to hear this, but r/Communism101 has a pretty good Masterpost on whichever state/issue you want to research.

Reform or Revolution should be paired with William Blum's Killing Hope as a dose of "Why reformism cannot and will not ever produce fundamental change."

I don't know much about anything else on the chart, though.



What is "Mythologies" by Toland Barthes?


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Roland Barthes is one of several theorists associated with structuralism and post-structuralism. Start with these books then read Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Jakobson, Barthes, Lacan, Althusser, Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, Baudrillard, Derrida, and Kristeva


>no Lenin, Stalin, or Mao



Holy KEK


>J. V. Stalin’s Economic Problems of Socialism in the U.S.S.R.
>Selected Works of Mao Tse-Tung
Should be required reading, because too many idiots run their mouths about the USSR and Mao and Stalin, while blatantly ignoring what they actually said and enacted.


>tankie reading

No thanks, bro


>Muh tankiez!!!
<Deliberate ignorance
<Saying this on leftypol
Go back


When Soviet tanks entered Hungary in 1956, supporters of this were called "tankies". This happened under Khruschev, not Stalin.



Oh you should definitely read Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR, I would describe it as a very revealing text.



not to mention the repressed anti de-stalinization protests that khrushev also repressed


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