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List of successful socialist countries Historian 03/11/2020 (Wed) 13:17:15 No. 53 [Reply]
You've heard this argument time and time again that there has never been a successful socialist country, so I thought it would be nice to have a thread talking about successful socialist countries. Post history, share sources, let's make a list!
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>>339 >>330 >>329 >>309 These pics are from the early 2010s. In those days "The USSR/China/DPRK wasn't real socialism" was unironically used a lot more by leftists online, so anticommunists would regularly spam the original "Only my specific form of socialism can work". Leftists at that time tried to counter that by making these lists even if it meant taking a bunch of people who had nothing to do with each other and throwing them all into the same bag. They're basically dead memes, I don't think I've actually seen anyone use them in years.
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>>53 >This shit anit-uthoritarian meme again
>>58 go away radlib, this is /edu/
>>64 >China >Laying the groundwork Barf. They clearly went off the rails to a fairly Nationalist State Capitalism.
>>2266 Lmao you're not fooling anyone.

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Why humans? Comrade 04/08/2020 (Wed) 14:09:12 No. 557 [Reply]
What makes us so special? What makes us different? Humans are primates, when I look at other people I see, in every sense of the word, an ape. We are animals,we look like animals, we smell like animals. Thinking of what we really are makes my head spin. What makes us special? What makes us different? What makes our lives meaningful? Are we even special? Are we even different? Are we meant to be in an unending war for dominance of nature that inevitably ends in our mutual destruction? Are we meant to become stewards of the Earth, the next stage in energy usage for Life, living in harmony with the Earth as its first sentient aspect? Why were there no others, why only us? In 500 million years of animal life, why only Man? Can more come after us, if we go extinct? Is our purpose merely to choose for ourselves why we exist? Are we free, or are we slaves? Why do we individually seem so limited, and yet together humanity seems to be without limits? What is the dialectical explanation for Man? His consciousness? His relationship to Nature? His drive to spirituality? Is it a misunderstanding on Man's part? Does Man not see that those aspects he has are those he shares with Nature? Gained from Nature? Marx wrote that many species engage in labor; yet seemingly only man labors first in his mind, then with his body. Why are We in this regard? Our notions of honor, of courage, of willpower, of morality; only we created cultures. And yet, other species experience these emotions from which such ideas rose. Other species experience love. They feel fear. They summon bravery to conquer that fear. The materialist relation between Man and Nature, between Man and Himself; why is Man, why are We? These questions, they haunt me frequently, I wish to understand, to Nature we seemingly stand above as gods, and yet we are of Nature, not apart from it; and to us aspects of Nature, like our Sun, like our Universe; they seem yet greater than we could ever hope to be. Help me to understand.
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>>1330 Haven't crocodiles been around for longer than us?
>>1809 Who says we don't?
>>1809 I've posted it before and I'll post it again. Read this all, gotta be a little patient though
>>557 My dear friend, the answer lies in material conditions and a philosophy. Please give it a read will ya'? I swear, I hate people who have existential crisis when they have learned that their higher being (or what many people call soul) is attached to material and will die once your body dies.
We labor, which then forms our inner monolog culminating in our consciousness. Animals don't labor. https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1876/part-played-labour/index.htm

Historian 03/04/2020 (Wed) 17:45:16 No. 220 [Reply]
We should make a general history guide for an overview on leftists history movements/people/thinkers that type of thing There's a lot to cover so we should just stick with what would make the best overview
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>>2187 I do not speak with Dengists.
>>2179 >guy interested in psychology Try introducing him to Mark Fisher
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Here you go.
you guys gotta read Hobsbawm. his whole Age Of series has been indispensable to me

Non-western philosophy and Marxism Comrade 07/07/2020 (Tue) 07:08:09 No. 2207 [Reply]
We all know that Marxists philosophy has roots in the classic European works of Hegel, Greeks etc.. So are there some works/philosophers that would be benefitial to read for Marxist from other branches of world philosophy like Chinese, Indian, African etc.?
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Li Zehou’s “History of Classical Chinese Thought” is from from a Marxist (albeit also vaguely small-n nationalist) perspective and people may find it useful https://b-ok.cc/book/5576067/51bb02 I have personally found Karyn Lai’s “Introduction to Chinese Philosophy,” while not Marxist, accessible and interesting https://b-ok.cc/book/730929/dc0ae1 The social context of these matters but is interesting and not at all Strange and Inscrutable to westerners really - Western philosophical revivals also tended to happen in the midst of periods of interminable interstate wars etc
>>2210 >Hegel even said he studied Chinese and Indian philosophy and found nothing except meaningless superficiality. p rich coming from Hegel lmao
This just underlines the need for the project outlined in the OP here: >>220 >We should make a general history guide for an overview on leftists history movements/people/thinkers that type of thing
Taoism used/use a dialectical method
Hegel was basically importing eastern dialectics and applying a few changes.

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"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" Comrade 05/19/2020 (Tue) 22:07:16 No. 1706 [Reply]
define needs. is it the bare minimum to survive?
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>according to HIS needs >define needs. is it the bare minimum to survive? bruh
it’s subjective. not in that anything goes. in that it depends on the person. only you know what you need.

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Graphene General Comrade 07/04/2020 (Sat) 03:41:01 No. 2188 [Reply]
I guess lots of people are somewhat skeptical it'll be anything, since a bunch of media outlets hyped it up a decade ago and nothing came of it, but they were hyping up its discovery then, when it was still a whole world away from the production process. From what I understand, silicon was much this way at first as well; groundbreaking discovery but a long time before they could figure out mass-production and implementation. Now it seems at last the stuff is ready to be mass-produced and the actual production line is ramping up, and consumer products with marginal amounts of the stuff are already available. So this thread will be for general discussion about what graphene is capable of and its implementations, as well as for advancements in the production process and availability of graphene. Some articles: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/what-is-graphene/ http://news.mit.edu/2018/manufacturing-graphene-rolls-ultrathin-membranes-0418 https://phys.org/news/2020-07-solar-cells-graphene-armor.html https://www.zmescience.com/science/graphene-clothes-thermal-regulation-18062020/ https://newatlas.com/bicycles/graphenlube-graphene-bicycle-lubricant/ https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/technology/2019/graphene-2d-materials It's coming.
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I've been reading some of this and this just feels too unreal. Like it can do so much things better and faster and its like "press x to doubt". Nonetheless, it sounds exciting, especially with the solar panels, and how it will affect renewable energy. Also if you don't mind, do you have anything about the history of Silicon. I kinda want to see how opinions changed as it was being rolled out, like you described.
>>2189 In all honesty I might've just gotten confused and am overexaggerating Silicon somewhat. It's really hard to find articles so I've genuinely no idea where I got my history of it to begin with. Regardless, Silicon was invented in the 1820s and it wasn't figured out that they make computers good until like the 1950s/60s/70s. The issue I'm thinking of might not have been the mass production of silicon itself, but rather the mass production of the integrated circuit, which silicon was of course quintessential in enabling. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_the_integrated_circuit http://www.mobileranger.com/blog/a-very-small-big-deal-the-history-of-the-integrated-circuit/ Now ignoring the fact that it was discovered in the 1820s, if we just take the timeline from when they figured out how it could be used in an integrated circuit to when it actually became commercially available en masse, it amounts to about 15 years. Though even then it still took far more time for it to be cheaply available.
>>2188 A graphene battery (phone charger) released awhile ago, but it was a little underwhelming. It had clear advantages, yes, however perhaps not enough to warrant aping the market. https://youtu.be/dnE1nO6o-do I am going to give the benefit of the doubt that it's being underutilised in this product.
>>2195 Yeah this is just the beginning of what's capable; they just added like a sheet of it to already existing battery architecture, and that alone has improved charge time from 1.5 hours to 20 minutes, as well as slightly improving capacity. Actually designing electronics architectures around graphene and incorporating the material in every facet of the device is what will offer the truly immense improvements.

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Claude Levi-Strauss Comrade 07/01/2020 (Wed) 11:39:21 No. 2139 [Reply]
Where does one go after reading Tristes Tropiques? I have heard The Savage Mind is the way to go, but the English translation is supposed to be erroneous For those unfamillar: CLS was a Marxist/structuralist anthropologist and ethnologist
Haven't read much of CLS yet, but I suppose Structural Anthropology is the next important work after Tristes Tropiques. Also check out Maurice Godelier, he was a student of CLS but developed Marxist Anthropology. CLS was a structuralist first and foremost, him being a Marxist is not that relevant.

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Comrade 04/15/2020 (Wed) 14:25:23 No. 1087 [Reply]
Et tu, brute?
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Fortune pisses on me once again!
Titus Androdicus is the better Shakespeare play about Rome tbqh

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General problem with reading 06/27/2020 (Sat) 18:24:20 No. 2095 [Reply]
I am constantly feeling sleepy. I cant say wheter this is normal or not. Like, I dont know in which moment it becomes pathological. I rather dont have serious issues if any at all when talking. I rarely go into internal monologues but when I do explain something I dont have significant problems. Thinking seems to work well in theory but I am somewhat unsecure wheter I dont think too slow too. In my life I rather had at least average intellectual abilities but when I deal with abstracts it doesnt work too well. Whenever I do read something, no matter wheter it is philosophical, political or fictional work, I am getting tired very quickly which makes productive reading very hard for me. The fact that focusing and remembering stuff also seems to be generally hard for me doesnt help. I can recall various things when I try but still its quite hard to go on with the reading for prolonged time. I can also comperhend the material quite well if I really slooowly study it, but it seems like I am getting way to slow than I should go with it. Whenever I try to read regularly I fail. I also have impression that reading on the pc is easier for me than reading real books, although when I read the digital books I get distracted easier. I really think that I could read something with the interest if I wouldnt feel so fuuucking tired all the time, I dont do anything interesting anyway and I like theory. I also lack motivation, but I think that I could overcome this if not the tiredness (Or perhaps I somewhat rationalize my lack of motivation with the tiredness problem). So basically Id have few questions for you guys: Did or do you have simillar situation to me? What could cause it? Is there any way to get rid of it or to cope with it? If you read regularly, how long did it take you to get used to it? Did you have problems with focus and memory and did they have gone after some time? How did you managed to form a habit of reading in the first place?

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People are creatures of habit. Stick as much as possible to a fixed sleep schedule. Fix a time and spot for reading (not the bed). Don't set a goal in terms of reading X pages. Don't allow yourself to do anything else than reading during the special slot. It's either reading or doing nothing. Spacing out and staring at the wall counts as not doing anything so don't be mad at yourself for doing just that. Over time you will become more used to reading without interrupting yourself.
Things you might want to try: 1) standing desk 2) varying the time of day in which you read 3) stimulants (from coffee to adhd meds) 4) find discussion groups of something intellectually interesting in person (or uh places like here i guess) 5) change your diet, in particular try cutting out/reducing sugars 6) cut out other superstimuli like social media (or at least any with likes), vidya, porn 7) less ambitious works, scaffold up with wikipedia, etc 8) meditation 9) look into sleep hygeine if your sleep is off (bed only for sleep and sex, get up/go to bed at consistent times) IMO if you throw these against the wall one or two is likely to be helpful, even if it doesn't solve your problem entirely.
>>2095 I used to imagine I was reading so I could sleep faster. It was such a sleeping pill that just the thought of reading made me drowsy. It takes some time until your distracted mind can focus on the subject matter. The harder the reading is, the more time it takes. You also need to form a habit of reading in general. You should also sit somewhere and not lay down. I've also tried just giving in and taking a nap, then when waking up, do my reading. I've gotten much better at it. >>2135 This is golden advice. 10/10

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Comrade 06/28/2020 (Sun) 20:02:10 No. 2106 [Reply]
I'm having a very difficult time reading even Marx's "easier" works. I find the language he uses is far too dense and it seems to fly right over my head. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Am I just retarded?
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Read this fam, it was written for illiterate proles and was approved by Marx himself: https://www.marxists.org/archive/cafiero/1879/summary-of-capital.htm
>>2115 This is so much easier to read and understand than Capital, thanks a lot anon.
>>2116 I recommend Critique of the Gotha Program as a kinda easy read. It's a point by point take down so is more friendly for our twitter/10-minute-youtube-video brains. You're not retarded if you've got this far friend
>>2120 Where's the text it is taking down point-by-point? There's not much sense in reading something like this without being familiar with the thing it attacks.
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>>2125 It's the first few pages of the PDF in the "Letter to Bracke". The Gotha Programme is that short Another source https://history.hanover.edu/courses/excerpts/111gotha.html

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