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 No.691487

I'm a brainlet who can only read YA fantasy and light novels without feeling overwhelmed and tired after a few pages. Any ideas on how I should go about reading theory?

 No.691493

Step 1. Stop reading YA fantasy and light novels
it gets easier with time anon, just make a plan of reading a number of pages a day and keep at it

 No.691516

>>691493
I really hope so. I'm trying to read Capital and I'm resuming that one book about Belarus as well but I wish there was some way to make theory enjoyable. I hope that as I gain more knowledge things will get easier

 No.691519

Watch Prolekult, their videos are educational and they give a summary of Marxist theories on capitalism and imperialism in a documentary format connecting those topics to the present day
Downside, they make too many “prophecies”

 No.691527

Better be a brainlet than a midwit

 No.691540

>>691527
But don't you have to go trough a midwit phase before actually knowing what the fuck you're talking about?

 No.691545

>>691527
>>691540
Here's the thing though, I might actually be a midwit. I have a general grasp on what socialism is and how to achieve it from watching youtubers like Hakim explain it to me, but I don't have that much theoretical structure, so I end up failing to answer the more complex questions or assess the current material conditions properly. This is why I'm reading theory in the first place

 No.691552

>>691516
I don't know about starting with Capital right off the bat but good luck, there's plenty of secondary reading material if you get stuck.
>I hope that as I gain more knowledge things will get easier
Easier, yeah. More enjoyable… maybe. I found that the more shit I read the more I actually enjoyed being informed, but it takes time to get there. Plus it depends on the book too, some are just shit, some are very dry (like Capital), but there's a lot of theory that is actually interesting and fun to read.
>>691545
>I have a general grasp on what socialism is and how to achieve it from watching youtubers
I'm glad you're actually reading theory anon, don't trust ANY youtuber to give you accurate info

 No.691569

I wonder if listening to an audiobook would work. I am a certified retard who didn't even read fiction until I started listening to audiobooks. I have been considering trying to listen to theory and then trying to follow along with the physical book at the same time.

 No.691596

>>691552
>I don't know about starting with Capital right off the bat but good luck, there's plenty of secondary reading material if you get stuck
I know it's a difficult book, so I'm gonna read Cafiero's summary of it first and then the og version to see the whole thing
>I'm glad you're actually reading theory anon, don't trust ANY youtuber to give you accurate info
I know they're not accurate, but I still think they were/are valuable, if only for spreading info about topics for further research and providing a general idea. Reading theory is very enlightening though. I feel like with every chapter I know what the fuck I'm talking and thinking about more
>>691569
I'm having to go back and reread certain parts a lot, so reading to an audiobook might actually be pretty tedious. Though you might make it work if you remember to read what you listened to afterwards

 No.691737

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1. Start an IB learner portfolio. Guidelines are attached.
2. Stop reading YA fiction immediately and never resume. It is a highly commercialized industry as evidenced by the explosion of book publications in the genre and its connection to other sectors of the entertainment industry, such as the film industry. Quality is a necessary sacrifice for the sake of mass production: you have been reading debased literature. YA fiction may be a vector for capitalist ideology (see link).
3. Familiarize yourself with the English-language literary canon and make selections according to your interests. It is important to note that a literary canon does not form on the basis of the inherent qualities of books, but on their historically determined influence on culture and their intertextual relevance to other books. Exposing yourself to diverse texts can help you improve your grasp on language; this will be necessary for developing your ability for self-expression, thinking, and concept-building.
4. This preparation will make it easier for you to read difficult texts and analyze them critically. Capital is not a difficult text. There is no concept in Capital that is difficult to grasp; the majority can be understood intuitively. The expression of an inability to read and understand Capital is an indication of a general inability to read and conceptualize.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/01/ya-dystopias-children-free-market-hunger-games-the-giver-divergent
https://www.salon.com/2014/03/22/divergent_and_hunger_games_as_capitalist_agitprop/

 No.691877

>>691487
Maybe youtube videos could be easier for you?

 No.691906

I also haven't read capital but I have read loads of random letters from Marx and Engels and basically everything Lenin wrote. I think I have a wierd reading intelligence because I find reading epic poetry really easy but modern fantasy unreadable.

 No.692116

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 No.692141

Read easier theory books like Marx for Beginners by Rius (It's a comic book) and Marx by Peter Singer for starters.


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