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Can you help me debunk this wehraboo historian Anonymous 03/04/2020 (Wed) 23:08:29 No. 224 [Reply]
This guy Is called nigel askey, and is apparently a legitimate historian. He published a paper debunking TIK's claim that the K/D ratio of the soviets during WW was 1/1.6, instead claiming that the soviets lost over 4 more times as many combatants as the Germansduring WW2. Here is his paper. I'm not a qualified historian and I dont have access to acrhives or time to research, so I can't debunk him. http://www.operationbarbarossa.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Essay-alt-view-TIK-presentation.pdf I checked out his website and alsthough he does seem to be knowledgeable, he makes certain ridiculous claims that the "Vicors write history" in WW2, and the allies covered up how technologically and tactically inferior they were to the germans.
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>>2283 I've read that 1.3:1 irreplaceable casualty ratio is also what US and British forces had fighting against Germany.
>>2451 Where did you see that?
Post some more Wehraboo arguments and get to debunking them!
>https://s1.desu-usergeneratedcontent.xyz/trash/image/1606/50/1606504832714.jpg <Le epic "Muh poor Warsaw unhelped by evul Stalin" What is with /pol/ and putting their ideology into everything including porn?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKDBFJoo2w&ab_channel=USNationalArchives Some archive documentaries Also can anyone help me find an old documentary about Nazi atrocities? I remember it distinctly because among the footage used were filmed portions of Belarus villages and a literal piles of baby corpses torched alive by the nazi scum.

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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 t. theorylet without philosophy there is no Marx
>>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.

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Comrade 11/25/2020 (Wed) 18:48:21 No. 6061 [Reply]
Penguin Random House Parent Company buys Simon & Schuster
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I'm jelly of first worlders, they can get books for so cheap. Everything here is expensive, even used books in tatters.
Does that mean the Penguin classics catalog will get bigger?
>>6061 They should burn all the Chodehouse books if they are going. Chodehouse is baby crap. I don't read it and I don't need it shoved down my fucking throat cause manbaby will pee pee his pants if you don't read it.
>>6142 >shopindie unfortunate word choice
I truly can't stand hearing about Chodehouse. Try talking about something I actually care about. Even just one page. Everyone here backs me up too. They don't want to hear some fat geek recite his favorite Chodehouse gags. Try to read and discuss somethin I fucking care about. Chodehouse peeves me off to no end.

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Time Travel Comrade 05/27/2020 (Wed) 21:43:43 No. 1786 [Reply]
What can you guys tell me about "Time Travel"?
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In a way, going to the future is possible if you move at relativistic speeds. Going to the past would require moving at above the speed of light.
>>1786 worst movie plot
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>>1816 Here's not much better.
>>1787 This is the plot of Steins;Gate.

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Weird History Facts bear 03/30/2020 (Mon) 06:36:17 No. 83 [Reply]
Post any weird and obscure history facts that you know of
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In the 1930s a party member called Gorbachev was executed during the great purge
The Camera was invented simultaneously by three different people at the same time in the 1830s without any of them having been aware of one another's work. Hércules Florence, in Brazil, in 1832 Daguerre & Niépce, in France, in the 1820s-30s (they were partners, and had both created proto-photographs independently, but it wasn't until their later collaboration that led to the Daguerreotype in 1834-6) Henry Fox Talbot, in Britain, in 1834
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the Spanish civil war ended on the first of April, please tell me the national victory was just a joke, we actually won right?
>>83 Night 272 of the Arabian Nights includes a brief tale relating to the fall of Toledo in Spain. It is said that the monarchs of the city kept a room in the tower locked but the last king decided to open it. Inside he found pictures of Arab soldiers and a note saying that the city would fall to Islam were the room ever opened. This supposedly happened in 711, the year Toledo fell.
>>303 *laugh track*

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Comrade 11/05/2020 (Thu) 15:57:04 No. 5589 [Reply]
Since /leftypol/ is downright autistic at times I decided to make a Debunk thread where anticommunist arguments are presented with their debunks by users.
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>>6078 >Price Ceiling regulations. Doesn't this just lead to black markets?
>>6183 No, not really, since a price ceiling means that there is a limit to how much something can inflate in price and therefore wages won't be made worthless if prices rise.
>>6184 If something gets price-capped and runs out of stock your only way of getting it is more expensively through other means behind the government's back.
>>6185 Not this argument again. 1 - this implies that it wouldn't have the same thing occur should stock prices not be capped and therefore inflate massively, resulting in the same thing 2 - this implies that capitalist over-production isn't wasteful already and doesn't produce more than enough for everyone.
>>6186 This year alone should be evidence enough that what I said would happen.

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The beginnings of our new leftypol project Anonymous Board volunteer 05/27/2020 (Wed) 23:20:07 No. 5150 [Reply] [Last]
Hello everyone, we have received the results of our project proposal topic, and I'm delighted to announce that we are teaming up with 'leftypedia' to deliver our planned 'argument/talking point resource' idea. In case you don't know, leftypedia is the current version of the old abandoned 'marxistpedia' which was a project started by leftypol users back in the day, so I think this is sort of like a homecoming in a way. https://leftypedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Anyway, if you have a look at the leftypedia site you might be able to tell that they have a much more formal and 'encyclopedic' tone than what we're planning, just like wikipedia, but the admin is going to create a separate 'category' for our new content that will be called something like 'rhetoric: topic' rather than just 'topic', this will also feature on the frontpage much like the encyclopedic content. As a tenplate, I'd like you to feast your eyes on these pages which someone on leftypedia already made (albeit only on their personal userspace for now). https://leftypedia.org/wiki/User:Anarcho-Bolshevik/compendium I'd like to ask if anyone can come up with a slightly more catchy name for our new section than 'rhetoric', cause that sounds a bit cumbersome to me even though I came up with it, so yeah, open to suggestions. So, since that isn't implemented yet, I'd like you all to try familiarise yourselves with the site for now, maybe take a look at the articles that are already there and improve some of them if you feel able. Unfortunately the site currently has only edit by approval so you will have to wait for any changes you make to be approved, this is because of a persistent spambot problem and I hope that we will be able to work out something to change this to normal editing as on wikipedia and the like, please just bear with it for now. If you have an answer to a 'common question', or you have an effortpost you'd like to archive and save, then please post it in this topic for now so that we can work on it together until we can figure out how to categorise our new section of the site. Thanks for your attention! EDIT: I've now got admin permissions on leftypedia, so I can create pages and approve edits directly. If you want to use the site I recommend you create a user account, which I can then approve once you make a productive edit (to distinguish from spambots), then you won't have to wait for approval anymore and can create articles yourself. Or, just ask me and I can create an article for you if you're desperate to make one as your first edit. Thanks guys, I hope we can make this project cool together!

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Recently finished the article on The Great Plan For the Transformation of Nature and while it's pending admin review I just wanted to post some sources worth looking over for anyone who'd like to add more. https://leftypedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Plan_for_the_Transformation_of_Nature An article going over the opinions and historical assertions of Russians and Historians modern and past, on the plan - http://novsoc.ru/stalinskiy-plan-preobrazovaniya-prirodyi-v-kontekste-istorii-russkoy-myisli/ An article written by an anti-communist Ukrainian ecological group. Many assertions are unfounded anti-communist drivel however a few citations are legitimate and should be looked into. - http://www.ecoethics.ru/old/b61/52.html An article with some basic information and high quality images that I don't know how to upload. The Stalin poster should be the top image and several other photos ought to also be included throughout the new article. - https://ardexpert.ru/article/14074 Cyberlenin article written on the plan https://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/stalinskiy-plan-preobrazovaniya-prirody-trudnosti-i-uspehi-ego-realizatsii-v-adygee-1948-1953-gg A 1952 academic review of the plan - http://istmat.info/files/uploads/52263/kovda_v._a._velikiy_plan_preobrazovaniya_prirody_1952.pdf

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>>5150 >Cuban Republic article doesn't mention Castro or the Revolution except in passing >Castro doesn't have his own article >Che Guevara isn't even mentioned >Bay of Pigs is forgotten MFW https://leftypedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Cuba
>>6168 Thanks, good source to sue for later
>>6175 *use

How to effortpost? Comrade 09/12/2020 (Sat) 16:12:59 No. 4068 [Reply]
How can I learn to write pages of nearly incomprehensible bullshit about simple things that could straightforwardly expressed? I want to fit in on /leftypol/.
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I'm terminally succinct. I always make my point quickly, I remember a few teachers back in high school remarking how I was able to convey concepts with few words. I don't think I could ever write a (non-fiction) novel.
>>5901 kek case in point
>>4070 /thread
>>5663 also /thread
You can put stuff on leftypedia, that would be an effort post that will last

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Going for physical books Comrade 11/05/2020 (Thu) 03:21:54 No. 5581 [Reply]
I can't concentrate when reading on a computer screen, is it a bad idea or nah? Ideally I'm only going to buy cheap used stuff I find. Another question, should I try to get the absolute best translation and publisher or is does it not matter what edition I get as long as I freaking read something?
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>>5622 Hardcover is better because the book is far less likely to get torn or the cover itself wear out. Paperback books are known to be cheap because they're shoddy 90% of the time.
>>5622 >>5624 Adding to this I'd also get a hardcover if it's a reference work that you're going to be opening often.
>>5582 Ok, but Realtalk. I was planning on ordering some Cockshott to read it in physical, but this whole "will be put on a List" is worriesome
>>5628 tbh cockshott is very low risk. It's basically all computer science, maths, planned economy shit, as opposed to 'let's kill and maim every land owner' and so on
me too anon. used bookstores/op shops are great, and if your area has based unions they occasionally have some prole literature.

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Rafiq/Ecology Discussion moo 07/20/2020 (Mon) 22:46:11 No. 2532 [Reply] [Last]
So some of you may have read the quite popular pdf where Rafiq dunks on eco fetishism, in that thread he references a previous thread where he had spent a lot of time focusing in on eco-fetishism, however this thread has been lost from Revleft. It's available on internet archives but to preserve it I've made this in the style of the previous popular pdf. Hope you guys enjoy! This thread could serve to discuss this work if anyone ever dedicates the time to read it, or we could debate the place of ecology in modern day Marxism. To provoke discussion: does nature have any value outside how it immediately serves human interests?
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>>6125 >Can you name a single less natural thing than democracy? NTA, but bees and ants make decisions "democratically", unless you consider bee and ant colonies as a single organism.
>>5896 >>5897 Still haven't found it in my archives but it may be in this book someone just posted on /leftypol/
>>6134 I made that and no, that is just a single forum discussion about ecology (it's posted in the OP). Good to see it getting reposted however. >>6133 But it's not the concept of democracy that we have. That 'everyone should get their say', you know? What we see as democracy is just a way of running a hive that is effective at not leading to the death of the species, democracy as we know it is a complete rejection of the social order, of kings and queens, of tribe leaders and so on. I guess what I mean is the idea we should strive for some level equality is completely bizarre for nature, where disease runs rampant and food chains of constant death cannot be escaped.
>>6117 >I'm fully fucking aware of the extremely basic concept that our biology is complicated. This is painfully obvious to every human alive. But are you going to sit there, in a world we have irradicated diseases with labor, with buildings hundreds of metres tall, dude we've been to the MOON. Does the concept of destroying all animals slowly really sound that crazy? Or creating cyborgs? I'm not saying it's desirable, the point is that doesn't matter Those accomplishments only blow your mind largely due to your ignorance of science.
>>6151 I guarantee I'm far more rigorously qualified from a better university than you are. The point is these things SOUND absurd to anyone not with our level of knowledge. Imagine 200 years ago and telling someone of the technology we have today. The sheer arrogance and ignorance it takes to declare some arbitrary thing 'really hard' means nothing to humans. It doesn't matter if you think it's personally very difficult to do things that would serve humanity, humanity will do them anyway. Of course I know that the literal process of getting to the moon isn't 'insanely complicated', but the course of technology that needed to occur to allow this to happen, when you compare it to the most grand achievement of a dolphin or something -like dude my background is maths/physics I'm not ignorant here- ITS FUCKING BONKERS. We left our planet!!! Who knows of the possibilities the future holds for us? Certainly not random anonymous pseud number 6151


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