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Basic Graphic Design ? Comrade 04/23/2020 (Thu) 06:57:32 No. 1289 [Reply]
I want to start making infographics for my college to use them as a way to spread Marxism and leftist theory - Does anyone here studies Graphic Design or something Art-related? - Which principles or rules should I follow when making these contents? - Can you provide some links with examples of leftist media and design?, I'm aware of some artistic currents and their names (Like Soviet Constructivism), but I would like to know <how> to "use" them
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this is more related to art but I think it's a really interesting image and I don't have a lot of books but here's a starter : https://mega.nz/folder/dqZmgQCZ#RgH8dZ0dTfT66S6I8fitcg Aaaand I'm realizing I probably have a shitton of links bookmarked already So here what I can find : https://www.mediafire.com/?i44dwzkf9j9n8#id66154bjgsoy https://mega.nz/folder/GRwjxLiD#wUkiwGjOaXyI5ajdAwRW6w/folder/ncZAXBYK
>>2488 u r a cool person thx :D
This is great!
OP here; Thanks to all for your help, you guys have posted great stuff. I really haven't been working a lot on my "artistic" skills, COVID kinda' botched my plans for this semester and other crap has popped up, lol Keep the knowledge coming </3

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Liberal Arts Major Contrition Thread Comrade 09/20/2020 (Sun) 16:00:29 No. 4305 [Reply]
The regret and remorse lasts a lifetime. Graduated during last recession, no steady work for over a decade. I am the stereotype be they rightoid or STEMlord points to. It is correct, it is valid. Only debt remains. Do not sin like I have sinned. Only death will cleanse me of suffering. Just use the library. Only STEM will bring us a socialist future.
There there
>>4305 Sounds bad man. How are you holding up?
What is liberal arts? I live in the third world and we only have graphic design, or the academy for fine arts. Looks like some upper echelon academian baited generations out of their money.
>>4305 Bruh just default on your debt

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Ayy Lmao Anonymous 09/19/2020 (Sat) 19:16:06 No. 4229 [Reply] [Last]
>They found that phosphine on Venus is a minor gas, existing at a concentration of about 20 out of every billion molecules in the atmosphere. >“We really went through all possible pathways that could produce phosphine on a rocky planet,” Dr. Petkowski said. >“If this is not life, then our understanding of rocky planets is severely lacking.” http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/phosphine-atmosphere-venus-08847.html
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>>4265 Learn how space cameras work. They are coloured but in the same way earth cameras are. Each "black and white image" is an image capturing a certain spectrum of light, or colour. Multiple images of the same scene are taken with multiple colour cameras, and those images can be compunded into a full colour image.
>>4301 Meant to say "but not in the same way earth cameras are".
>>4299 Why? The probe is still there as a visible pile of scrap up there. Plus taking and then uploading a few Mb of image is not that hard.
>>4299 so was your mom
>>4298 Imagine if the USSR lasted long enough to send probes to the outer solar system

Reading Comrade 04/10/2020 (Fri) 07:54:55 No. 701 [Reply]
How do you read? I am sick of looking at my laptop to read these huge pdfs, there must be a better way that doesn't burn my retinas and destroy my posture! E-readers? Libraries? Just buying every book that you wish to read? Please share your ideas, also reading based pics.
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I'm a much faster reader using a big screen than with pocket-sized ereaders. You kids know nothing of pain. I used to read whole books on a shitty CRT… >>4216 >I bought a remarkable e-ink tablet That's what I need! Name of the thing?
>>4218 lol, the name is 'remarkable'. sorry for the confusion, I don't usually use the word 'remarkable'. https://remarkable.com/ A friend that was learning classic Chinese scripture recommended it to me. I mostly use it for highlighting shit from pdfs. Sometimes I make notes on random subjects.
>>4221 Forgot to add, if you click shop, you can buy the old version if you want it now. I think they said the new version is shipping in October, but I wasn't going to wait so long.
>>752 Smart
>>752 Should have bought The Road to Serfdom as well. But then you'd probably receive a job application from the feds for organizing fascist militias in leftist countries.

Definition of Fascism Comrade 09/13/2020 (Sun) 12:43:13 No. 4074 [Reply]
There is a lot of confusion on what fascism is and what it means. So I think It may be useful to clear things out by making a little general so it can be properly defined and pointed out. I will start by laying some popular questions about it: -What is Fascism? (or who best defined it) -What is function of Fascism? -Is Trump fascist? (if not, why and where he stands instead) -What (if it exist) is Post-modern Fascism (/leftypol/s sugarboy Prolekult talked about it) -Are there Fascist still around/what would take them for to rise up again? -Does QAnon have any Fascist pararels? -Some post-1945 historical examples of Fascism. -Economics of Fascism. -Flavours of Fascism (based on different material conditions, nations etc.). -Fascist relations to Imperialism, can Fascist country be Imperialist?
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-Fascism is capitalism that tries to snuff out class struggle by killing communists and promoting "class collaboration" aka porky fucks the proles over and they don't fight back. -Some examples post 1945 would be maybe Spain, Chile, South Korea and Taiwan. -Economics. It depends but there's always mass privatization, big public works projects and promoted self reliance. High military spending too obviously. -Yes fascist countries can be imperialist, undoubtedly. See Italian invasion of Ethiopia or WwII for proof.
>>4097 Other than kinda disagreeing with your post as a whole, I have to ask why use the term reactionary anarchism? I don't see how that has any relation to anarchism as a concept whatsoever, in any form. The only fascists that could be called reactionary anarchist would be those inspired by Mason's Siege, such as Atomwaffen, who see Hitler as proof that state based fascism is unworkable.
>>4174 >The only fascists that could be called reactionary anarchist would be those inspired by Mason's Siege, such as Atomwaffen Precisely. I call it reactionary anarchism because it is specifically these kinds of groups (as well as groups like ISIS or Soviet-Afghan war era Taliban) that are the purest strain of it. As I said, in my view Nazi Germany is at best a hybrid. In the end it was a porky project and the NSDAP schizos just were the stooges for it. Also they undeniably had some socialist influence in their party politics, so even NSDAP on its own wasn't purest reaction. >Other than kinda disagreeing with your post as a whole Could you elaborate why?
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>What is Fascism? (or who best defined it) Fascism is a system of government characterized by: 1) rigid one-party dictatorship 2) forcible suppression of opposition 3) private economic enterprise under centralized government control 4) belligerent nationalism 5) racism 6) militarism >Some post-1945 historical examples of Fascism. USA. <Rigid one-party dictatorship? Check. (Republicans and Democrats are the same party: the party of Capital. They only present the illusion of being opposed to each other as theatre for the masses.) <forcible suppression of opposition? Check. (Ludlow massacre of 1914, 1943 massacre of Black protestors in Detroit, MOVE bombing, COINTELPRO, police brutalization of the Seattle and L.A. protests against W.T.O. globalization in 1999, etc.) <private economic enterprise under centralized government control?

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>>4192 This should be updated to say "rigid one-party/anocratic dictatorship" so it includes the two-party dictatorship of the usa

Please waste no time on Hegel! Comrade 09/16/2020 (Wed) 06:14:30 No. 4171 [Reply]
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>>4198 This is embarrassing and reddit-tier, it's like he's deliberately trying to make materialism look extremely autistic. The problem is not that he reduces everything to matter, which is great, but that he reduces matter itself to the extremely limited pop-science conceptions. In other words he's selling materialism short. Unironically, reading Hegel is exactly the thing that would have helped him.
>>4198 I had no idea that Taimur Rahman had made a video on Hegel. I also had no idea that Taimur followed Cockshott's work. Not to aggrandize, but the leftypol community has been instrumental in putting Cockshott's work in the limelight and popularizing it (however mildly) on the internet left. On the topic of Cockshott's response, there are so many glaring errors, I don't even know where to start. Again, do keep in mind that I have a cursory understanding of Hegel, so a lot of these ideas come from shallow reading of secondary sources. >These ideas are not relied upon by any of the contemporary sciences. This is scientism. It is basically ignoring philosophy of science, which is very important and is one of the things that is gravely missing from modern science. And Hegel absolutely BTFOs science as a totalizing venture of specific fields precisely because they take as supposition the limits of their study. They must isolate un-isolatable phenomena in order to study them, and hence are forever doomed to not get a complete picture. And, further, science is philosophy's bitch, science's foundation depends on philosophy, not the other way around. >Logic can only occur where matter is so configured as to perform logical operations, conjunctions, disjunctions negations etc. I'm not sure I agree with this characterization. It is a weird one that IMO characterizes logic as a physical process, rather than a system that exists in different contexts. What I mean is that if true, then it can also be said that physics doesn't exist in nature, it can only occur where matter is configured to perform physics. Which is true to some extent, but also doesn't really explain what physics is, and makes this weird characterization of physics just being a mental masturbation with no relation to reality. >But that is because it is advantageous to the evolutionary survival of organisms to be able to react to their environment This is some teleology of evolution or some shit. It is ironic that he says "No biologist thinks that there are essences" then says something that implies an essence moving evolution forward. I really dislike this interpretation of evolutionary biology. He just says this as this were a scientific fact. Again, philosophy of science comes to view as crucially important. I might be stretching what he really thinks, but I see this "essence" of evolution all the time in reddit-tier pop-sci explanations of evolution. As if the species had a meta-mind that chooses what is advantageous. It also ignores completely that a stupid jellyfish or mushrooms, or even diatoms are just as "evolved" as a human. Where is this "advantageous" logic in mushrooms? >A more sophisticated understanding would be in terms of matrix multiplication rather than simple logic. Here he is committing the same mistake he says he is wary to avoid. Matrix multiplication as such is a human endeavor. He is projecting a purely mathematical structure onto an organism that is unaware of formal mathematics. Which he then follows up with

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>>4207 >the leftypol community has been instrumental in putting Cockshott's work in the limelight Don't be silly. Look up when TANS was written. Look up when the translations of TANS were made. That was all long before 8chan. Cockshott has made acquaintances in Germany, China etc. over the decades and we got nothing to do with that. The guys at Monthly Review who are publishing How the World Works also have known Cockshott for decades I'm sure. >>Logic can only occur where matter is so configured as to perform logical operations, conjunctions, disjunctions negations etc. >I'm not sure I agree with this characterization. It is a weird one that IMO characterizes logic as a physical process It's just consistent materialism. >>The great danger is that young people’s minds will get stuck in a time warp, >In other words "Don't read philosophy, it will make you get stuck in a time warp" This is absurd. There are only so many hours in a day. Time spent reading Hegel is not time spent learning anything about the developments in the field of physics over the past 100 years.
>>4210 >There are only so many hours in a day. I don't disagree with that. If he said that Hegel wasn't necessary, or that there might be more fruitful reading for a leftist, I'd agree wholeheartedly, but he's not doing that here. He's saying that Hegel has nothing of value, and hence shouldn't be studied. >Don't be silly. Look up when TANS was written. True, I concede and agree.

Comrade 09/15/2020 (Tue) 06:02:50 No. 4098 [Reply]
Hi /edu/, I'm looking a list of famines and droughts in Russia before 1917 with death estimates but after an hour of searching on the Googles I've found nothing. I'm also having trouble finding a list of population size numbers for the 19th century. Could somebody please point me in the right direction, or otherwise explain why this information is so hard to find (am I just a brainlet)? I'd prefer a source that is as apolitical/free from ideology as possible.

/lit/ Comrade 09/27/2019 (Fri) 00:59:23 No. 4077 [Reply]
What is your favorite book?
What book influenced you the most?
What do you like about books?
what are you planning to read?
What are you reading now?
/Lit/ thread because i did not see one in the catalog
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How do I become a /buddhist/? Any good introductions
what is your favorite book? what influenced you most, the book? what do you like about book? what are you planning to book? what are you reading now, book?
Anyone ever heard of Wizardrous?
>>4077 I'm reading the Faerie Queen and its really fucking good like goddamn, but its making me feel like an absolute brainlet, I have to keep stopping and rereading bits because I miss the implication of a line and misunderstand what happens then only cotton on a few stanzas later when something happens that's out of line with what I think is happening, I can't seem to understand poetry unless I speak it out loud for some reason, so I'm also destroying my throat reading this thicc bitch

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Verso Books 40% off Comrade 08/12/2020 (Wed) 01:04:15 No. 2973 [Reply]
I wanted to let everyone know that Verso Books is having a sale were everything is 40% off. They have books by Zizek, David Harvey, classics from marx, lenin, trotsky, etc. Take a look if you want to satisfy your commodity fetish in the form of paperbacks.
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>>2982 I've read Sex and Failed Absolute. is that basically the same as Absolute Recoil?
>order from Verso >over 5 weeks shipping time >it's all cheap thin print-on-demand tier paper
>>2973 >They have pretentious shit, confused shit, and good books that are in the public domain and online already. 40 % off!! Wooooow.
>>3911 They really should switch to acid free paper.
>>3911 I've never ordered directly from Verso, but yeah, their books are shit quality. Not only paper-wise. Some are OCRed from other publisher's editions that were sold out, with absolutely no quality checks. So you get wrong letters and missing punctuation. This level of sloppiness for such a publisher is simply incomprehensible to me. If I knew it'd be this bad I'd rather get a torned up used copy of the other publisher's sold out edition for a heavily inflated price. Fuck Verso. Never again.

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the dark islam within lovecraftian horror. Anonymous 08/06/2020 (Thu) 17:36:48 No. 2921 [Reply]
His works contain explicit references to ancient islamic texts, some say cosmic horror is a pessimistic inversion of sufist cosmology. Some of his stories, like the nameless city, is a direct reference to a story contained within the quran. Here are some direct quotes: >At one time I formed a juvenile collection of Oriental pottery and objets d’art, announcing myself as a devout Mohammedan and assuming the pseudonym of “Abdul Alhazred” – which you will recognise as the author of that mythical Necronomicon which I drag into various of my tales [...]. (letter to Edwin Baird, February 3, 1924) >The absurdity of the myth I was called upon to accept and the sombre greyness of the whole faith compared with the Eastern magnificence of Mahometanism, made me de-finitely agnostic [...].10 You can read more here: >https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272537419_The_Darker_Islam_within_the_American_Gothic_Sufi_Motifs_in_the_Stories_of_HP_Lovecraft
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>>2925 It's just slow which means people who are interested in this sort of thing are more likely to see it eventually since the turnover if threads is less most people aren't on here 24/7 and this is a bitbof a niche topic
>>2927 *bit of
>>2927 Its niche but I like it.
I remembered from that the biography of Lovecraft included that in his homeschooling, he was able to read the thousand and one nights, developing an love for eastern culture, even adopting an arabic name (this of course is when he is a child). I'm glad he did it.I always liked his books, and I still love the city withouth name. Fucking ancient intelligent cocodriles, so ancient that even death has already died

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