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📖/read/ing - Something few people seem to do📚️ Comrade 10/12/2020 (Mon) 15:26:02 No. 4956 [Reply]
Hello and welcome comrades!, this is a reading club thread, we will be reading and discussing Marxist theory books. We've already started and completed reading and discussing The Communist Manifesto and The Principles of Communism yesterday. Anyone can join the reading club, if you want to read and understand theory and you're serious about it then don't be afraid to join! we're still reading the basics so you don't have to be intimidated. Our current reading list: https://leftyread.neocities.org/ /leftytrash/ matrix community link: https://matrix.to/#/+leftytrash:matrix.org /read/ matrix room link: https://matrix.to/#/#leftyread:matrix.org Also we are closely related to the /GET/ Reading group who helped us make our own reading group: >>>/GET/86343
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>>6599 Dunno about the English version, but the German one is available here: https://marx-wirklich-studieren.net/marx-engels-werke-als-pdf-zum-download/

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Catalyst pdfs Comrade 07/22/2020 (Wed) 04:57:56 No. 2651 [Reply]
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>>2651 What is "catalyst"?
>>6095 Jacobin’s theory journal.
Since files got nuked - could you guys repost?
>>6476 Try now.
bump. Anyone got any of the recent ones?

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Language Learning General Comrade 01/09/2021 (Sat) 15:48:19 No. 6470 [Reply]
Share tips and recommendations. Good general advice can be found in Gabriel Wyner's Fluent Forever. Two thirds of the book is him chanting that you should use flashcards. You can use physical cards for spaced repetition or use software. IMHO the biggest pro of software flashcards is that they can play sound. Anki is a popular free flashcard software, with many people sharing decks https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/ (though it's strongly recommended that you build your own or at least tweak the cards since that drastically boosts how well you remember stuff). Last thread got nuked in an act of cyber-terrorism by mad ex-jannies, but you didn't miss much. Some guy recommended these articles by Luke Smith who isn't as fond of autistic vocab drills as I am: https://lukesmith.xyz/articles/learning-languages https://lukesmith.xyz/articles/other-langs https://lukesmith.xyz/articles/michel-thomas The Michel Thomas Method (TM) forces you to talk in full sentences in the new language right from the start. It begins with very simple sentences that expand and get more and more elaborate. Even though the vocabulary is kept small, your sentences soon get very long.
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Updated the list, now it's 200 GERMAN ONE-WORD SENTENCES. Part 1: Attention! • Achtung! Asshole! • Arschloch! I won and you lost, haha! / I got this and you don’t, haha! • Ätsch! Stand up! / Wake up! • Aufstehen! Open the door/window/whatever! • Aufmachen! Close the door/window/whatever! • Zumachen! Encore! • Zugabe! (shouted ZU-GA-BE to keep in synch with the others shouting it) Boaster! • Angeber! Give it! • Gib! (order addressing a single person) Desirable. • Wünschenswert. (basically “wish-worthy”) Remarkable! • Bemerkenswert! Bemerken means both “to notice” and “to remark”. “Good morning”, but saving time by cutting out “good”. • Morgen! (also means tomorrow) 💩Shit! • Scheiße! What one says when “shit” would be a bit too strong for the situation. • Mist! (literally “manure”) Breakfast! • Frühstück! (literally “early-piece”) Bitch. • Miststück. (literally “manure-piece”)

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>>6622 Part 2/4: Attach whatever thing(s) depending on context! • Dranmachen! Detach whatever thing(s) depending on context! • Abmachen! Request denied. • Abgelehnt. Request granted. • Genehmigt. Okey-dokey! • Gebongt! Loafer! • Faulpelz! (literally “lazy-pelt”) Fire! • Feuer! Cunt! • Fotze! How fucking two-faced! • Hinterfotzig! (basically “behind-the-back-cunty”) Brash! • Frech! Exactly! • Genau! Ingenious! • Genial! Grisly! • Grauenhaft! Ugly! • Hässlich! When one can't decide between saying “grisly” and “ugly”. • Grässlich! It sounds like the baby of „grauenhaft” and „hässlich”.

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>>6623 Part 3/4: Come! • Komm! (order addressing a single person) 📷Smile! • Lächeln! Slower! • Langsamer! 😒Boring! • Langweilig! What one shouts to start a race. • Los! Stop grabbing/touching/holding! • Loslassen! Police • Polizei! ☣@☠#☢✳ coppers! • Bullenschweine! „Bulle“, “ox”, means “policeman” in colloquial language (formally „Polizist“). „Schwein“ means pig. Louder! • Lauter! Tasty! • Lecker! Yeah, can be done easily! • Locker! (literally “loose”) Lie! • Lüge! Liar! • Lügner! Lying journalists! • Lügenpresse! 😆Funny! • Lustig!

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>>6624 Part 4/4: 👎Bad. • Schlecht. Surely. • Sicherlich. Victory! • Sieg! That’s a sensible proposal. • Sinnvoll. (literally “sense-full”) That proposal doesn’t make sense and it’s pointless and I’m losing my will to live hearing this. • Sinnlos. Very neat! • Spitze! (literally “peak”) What one says to a student who is equally nerd and careerist. • Streber! We're going on strike! • Streik! (just the word for “strike”) Cute! • Süß! (literally “sweet”) How? • Wie? *demonstrates doing something* That’s how you do it! • So! Meaningless noise one makes while the language module of the brain hasn't booted up yet. • So… Die! • Stirb! (order addressing a single person; to address several without learning plural form, repeat order until reaching the desired amount) Sad. • Traurig. Bye! • Tschüss!

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>>6479 Found a couple things. There are some pricey e-books on prismatext.com based on popular works in the public domain (Sherlock Holmes, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens…) The text is almost entirely in English, with a few sentence fragments translated into the target language. The reader is encouraged to first try to feel what it means from the context. You can click on any such fragment to get the translation. Seems like an OK idea for people who want to learn a bit with practically no effort and who are already interested in reading the particular titles, but surely this takes forever compared to doing flash cards. There's a free demonstration of the approach, the short fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes". I don't have the impression that much thought went into making these. The same books are offered in variations for many target languages and going by the demo it seems that no matter the target language, they are almost entirely translating the same set of words. I suspect they made their choices based on minimizing vocabulary overlap for those who buy several of their titles with practically no consideration of how English and the target language relate to each other (sound shifts) and how long words are often made of meaningful components. I suppose one could make a browser plugin that does the same as prismatext. (I think a great approach that doesn't slow down reading too much would be to only translate words that already appeared among the 20 words or so before and just highlight that earlier word when hovering the mouse pointer.) Perhaps something like that already exists. There is a book called "Spanish Stories" by Angel Flores that has a very good choice of stories in Spanish with English translation and information (in English) about the authors. However, it is rather complex Spanish and the translation is not presented in the most direct fashion sentence by sentence. So reading this is not easy. There is also an appendix with translations of some words (it is assumed that you already have the most basic vocabulary down). It's better to read the paper version of this than the ebook. The ebooks on interlinearbooks.com use the best method of directly showing the gloss under the text in the target language! I haven't read anything by them yet except the screenshots on their website, but this looks very promising.

/math/ general Comrade 04/04/2020 (Sat) 17:37:10 No. 344 [Reply] [Last]
All good communists study math. What are you studying right now? What is your favorite field of mathematics and why? Personally, I really like the book "Linear Algebra Done Right" by Sheldon Axler. It is on Libgen if you are interested and I attached a pdf.
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>>344 Why is studying math important for communism? I'm not good at math. I had quite a bit of it in school before uni and found it very alienating. If it's so important where would you anons recommend a brainlet like me start?
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>>6574 it's not. it's almost completely useless for a revolutionary and i question op's understanding of practical reality, something an unhealthy regard for mathematics tends to work against. this is probably just one bit of liberal indoctrination op has yet to address. you know the whole bit about applied hard sciences being more valuable than any other kind of pursuit of knowledge and technology being an absolute good and inherently progressing mankind as the last fading bit of enlightenment optimism.
>>6615 Math is critical in understanding statistics and science. Both are required to navigate politics and find the truth in all of the noise and propaganda in the superstructure. Also, math is beautiful on it's own, and deeply enriching on it's own. And your statement about it being indoctrination is completely false. Most people are deeply math illiterate, and that's done on purpose to keep proles from using the most powerful language ever devised by humans in history.
>>344 >All good communists study math Math is the subject I'm most shit at lmao rip. Philosophy about Hegel, Kant, etc.? Ohh shure, but math? My brain jumps out and commits suicide before I even have the chance to write down the equation. >inb4 Philosophy of Math and Logic Epic lulz

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Universities and Education Comrade 04/16/2020 (Thu) 16:04:04 No. 1109 [Reply] [Last]
I saw this thread on leftypol and thought it would be very suited here. Did you guys go to university or any other forms of higher education? Why or why not? Did it help you achieve what you want to achieve? Would you go back in time and choose a different path?
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>>5578 Can you switch to a different Engineering major? Or do you hate STEM in general?
>>5579 I already graduated. I realised that my depression wasnt caused by anything inherent but by programming too late. So im just winging it atm and doing teaching.
bumping this thread
I want to change of university subject (i am in classics and I can't stand studying litterature anymore). I hesitate between geography and computer science but I don't know wich one to take. A lot of people suggest me to take computer science but I found geography quite interresting. They're both "science", not noble science such as Maths and Physics but they both use scientific method. In my country (European country), studies cost nothing so taking a degree doesn't have the sam consequences as in the US. So wich one would you take between these two and why ?
I went to uni just as part of the flow of life. I didnt have big expectations, but now that ive just finished i realized what i would have changed. I went to a school that offered me good money in my area, bc it was a small school that had good services and water. while i feel satisfied socially, in the end, i wish i had taken my studies more seriously I didnt have access to the resources that i learned big colleges offered. a small college has less opportunities for paid graduate work! Ultimately, in my particular liberal arts college subject program i have significantly advanced my critical and theoretical thinking. I encountered entrenched Foucaultism/postmodernism in these classes, and was able to see through it using the tools and my rudimentary Marxist theory. I am now empowered to read bourgeois and class proporganda from many angles, i feel confident in my ability to express communist ideas to my fellows

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Boogaloo Bois vs Freikorps || TheRedHorseman The Red Horseman 04/11/2021 (Sun) 18:52:29 No. 6627 [Reply]

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Comrade 05/25/2020 (Mon) 14:07:28 No. 1773 [Reply]
What if I wanted to read more or less "contemporary" philosophers like Sartre, Beauvoir, Adorno, Deleuze, Zizek, Badiou, etc.. but don't have the time and, dare I say, sufficient interest to go through Kant, Plato, Aristotle, and all the other classical authors of philosophy? How much do I have to lose? I'm willing to spend a couple of months reading Plato, but I think I'm only willing to go through secondary sources for Aristotle. Same goes for the philosophers that predated the "contemporary" ones mentioned above. I'd be willing to read a history and primer on German idealism and maybe even read primary enlightenment texts if I have to. So how much do I have to lose? People who are good at philosophy please answer.
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>>1778 >political economy So shitty philosophy?
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This might be better in a separate thread but whatever. Would it be a bad idea to learn French by reading the untranslated works of Deleuze and Guattari? Perhaps I should stick to the existentialists.
Thanks for the material in this thread guys, really good stuff.
>>6315 I think it's good to practice any skill just on the threshold of difficulty, so my guess is that if you're in the process of learning French D&G might be not ideal. (They are, after all, often regarded as infamously unclear.) That's why my own French reading at this moment is just newspapers and popular histories. But if it works for you go for it.
You can read some primers, but you really should spend time going through the classics if you want to understand contemporary works at their fullest. But for most of those (Baidou, Beauvoir, Sarte, Adorno) you actually don't need that much of a background. Also remember that most philosophers from the Enlightenment and after made works that basically summed up their entire thought. Kant especially. >>6315 Depends on your level of French. D+G are hard writers. I'd say stick to the Existentialists, particularly Camus (not because he's a good theorist but because he's easy to read).

Translators Wanted! Traducteurs recherchés! Übersetzer gesucht! Anonymous 04/18/2020 (Sat) 10:17:17 No. 2534 [Reply] [Last]
If you know French or German, please contribute a chapter to /leftypol/'s first crowdsourced translation project! This project started on >>>/edu/840. The book is Karl Kautsky's history of the French Revolution, originally published as Die Klassengegensätze im Zeitalter der Französischen Revolution in 1889. Coming from the "Pope of Marxism", as Kautsky was then known, this text likely had an immense influence on Lenin and other revolutionaries of his day. It was approved by Engels himself, and may have been foundational in establishing the Marxist theory of bourgeois revolution, yet it has never been translated into English. The original German is available here: https://www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/kautsky/1908/frev/index.html and an old French translation is available here: https://www.marxists.org/francais/kautsky/works/1889/00/antagonismes-table.htm What makes this work especially good for us to translate is that it's relatively short - just around 60 pages in total, divided into 10 chapters. With each chapter being 5-7 pages each, it is conceivable to translate a chapter in one day's volunteer work. Comrade Akko has already translated the preface, and is working on chapter 1. That leaves 9 chapters to complete: Preface: Complete! Chapter 1: Second draft complete (French) Chapter 2: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading complete (English) Chapter 3: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed Chapter 4: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading complete (English) Chapter 5: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading complete (English) Chapter 6: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed Chapter 7: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed Chapter 8: Complete! (Copyrighted work, permission secured) Chapter 9: Draft complete (French) - Proofreading in progress (English) - Proofreader needed Chapter 10: Translator needed

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This thread and the leftywiki thread need to work together more.
Has this project been abandoned? A shame as it seems nearing completion.
Bump in the hopes that this project hasn't been abandoned. If it has, could we at least have the unfinished pdf?
>>5485 you could easily piece one together using all the uploads ITT.
Is OP still here anywhere? There's some discussion going on in the lеftypоl.оrg version of this thread and there are volunteers to translate chapter 10 and proofread the other chapters so it looks like the projects should finally be able to be completed. Do you still have the ebook formatting and everything?

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/edu/ checkpoint Comrade 08/24/2020 (Mon) 16:25:44 No. 3434 [Reply] [Last]
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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Just got through the 2021 book "Math without Numbers" by Milo Beckman, which I picked up just because I found the title intriguing. Turns out it isn't even first book with that name. It got some bits about topology, diagrams, cellular automata. It's simple enough that kids can read it. When it comes to practical applications of math, he mentions neoclassical economics of all things, quote "…in some cases, this supply–demand model actually makes pretty decent predictions". Just a very small part of the book, but eeh.
Went through half a dozen papers by Peter Ruben, a GDR philosopher who was thrown out of the SED for revisionism. His stuff is available at https://www.peter-ruben.de/ (in German). I just thought maybe he's some maverick thinker, too cool for the SED bureaucrats? Well, turns out he's just an anti-communist wanker: He's constantly "arguing" for the entrepreneur as an inventor/engineer type person (similar to Schumpeter) by repeating claims of that sort (of course with nothing empirical to back that up) and rhetorically groups together traders with transport workers. He denies that the means of production can ever be held in common in one global state, claiming that would destroy all economic rationality, since he is conflating the absence of a market in the means of production with the absence of a market for consumer goods.
I came here to ask a question, I guess I could do it ITT rather than make a new one? I have a good layman's understanding of both dialectical materialism and bourgeois systems theory. I'm hoping for a perspective from someone who has a fairly good grasp on both, whatever your background. Is 'systems thinking' (a more qualitative mode of analysis borrowing frameworks and concepts from systems theory) just dialectical materialism reinvented and rebranded, or is there an actual difference? Obviously they are distinct traditions, if you can even call systems thinking that, with different origins and histories and modes of application. But is there a concrete, practical difference? Or are bourgeois intelligentsia really coming to appreciate Marx's insight 150 years late and only when they think they invented it?
>>6617 Isn't systems thinking mostly just looking at systems from the angle of self-preservation? That would be a big difference.
>>6593 The other book named Math Without Numbers is an extremely dull work (threatening you with a "volume I" in the title) about representing ideas with set theory, written by a lawyer named William S. Veatch.

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Knowledges for the revolution ? Comrade 03/30/2021 (Tue) 12:41:40 No. 6619 [Reply]
I want to know wich subjects of studies could be uses in a revolution. I see a lot of people talking about sciences in fields such as computer science, electrical/ mecanical engineering, chemistry or even Physics and Maths. But wht other knowledges can be learned to prepare a revolution ? I don't see a lot of people talking about social science such as sociology, anthropology or geography. Could it be useful ? Or more manual subjects such as carpentry or permaculture ?


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