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Time Travel Comrade 05/27/2020 (Wed) 21:43:43 No. 1786 [Reply] [Last]
What can you guys tell me about "Time Travel"?
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Time travel is not Marxist.
>>1796 tfw nothing is marxist
>>1786 it's not socialist
I was born in and come from the future, and it does not like pretty. which is why I'm here.
>>1787 I will tell you about it when I travel into the past when you were 5. Just wait

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What the hell is a dialectic? Comrade 05/15/2020 (Fri) 11:55:42 No. 1635 [Reply] [Last]
Can you nerds explain it using simple language?
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>>1635 Yeah it's pretty simple. First, off let's list some of the things it is NOT. Dialectics is NOT the rejection of the law of non-contradiction. Furthermore is not inconsistent with formal logic. Dialectics are NOT a method. People often say dialectic when what they mean is critique or dialogue. Dialectics is NOT when two opposing views are reconciled making a better more advanced view. Dialectics ARE a particular pattern that appears in the result of any rigorous investigation of necessary relations. The word necessary is important here, and I mean necessary as opposed to contingent or sufficient. That distinction is not mysterious or hard to understand, but it is often overlooked. You can look up the definitions but it may be easier to just reflect on the way you use them. What does it mean if something is historically contingent vs historically necessity? What is a necessary condition as opposed to a sufficient condition? The reason this patter emerges is also not particularly mysterious. Once you wrap your head around it there is literally no way results of such an investigation could not present as a dialectic unless you where to make an error, or break with the method (the method being imminent critique). There is no one reason that this is the case, but in every example you can work through you will see that it could be no other way. That's sorta the thing about necessary relations. >>1668 I'm still trying to figure this one out.
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>>1668 >what is dialectic materialism then? Explaining materialism: classical materialism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CNXoUjqWlU Labour purpose and structures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuV9rvbM_hE Purpose and entropy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkx528BQPTs Thermodynamics and life (this one does dialectics without Hegel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciuVSKyM0cQ

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>>1635 He tried developing logic. He was solid for early 19th century, but we have much better things now.
>>1652 >They seriously believe that history is governed by some inhuman forces that evolve on their own. literally the opposite of what marxists believe. fucking retarded.
>>1652 >First you take a concept and try to give it a definition ("thesis"). stopped reading there. Hegel never said this

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3D modeling Comrade 05/20/2020 (Wed) 13:36:11 No. 1722 [Reply] [Last]
Anyone want to journey with me into 3D modeling? I was going to follow along with a blender youtube tutorial, and see where that leaves me at the end of it. Blender is free! https://youtu.be/TPrnSACiTJ4?list=PLjEaoINr3zgEq0u2MzVgAaHEBt--xLB6U Feel free to post others or talk about modeling in general.
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I have completed the tutorial
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I made this once.
>>1782 nice
there's allready this >>>/hobby/8275
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I'm far from a beginner in Blender. currently modelling for a Sonic fan game that I'm currently also programming. ama I'm 100% self taught when it comes to computer graphics and computer programming.

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Thoughts on this pic. Comrade 04/25/2020 (Sat) 17:00:37 No. 1334 [Reply] [Last]
Not so much on race but why did those countries get so far ahead from other countries? what were the material conditions that made Europe the breeding ground for innovation?
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>>1481 >imperialist countries have bigger universities imagine my shock
>>1490 For better or for worse (worse, mostly) English is the de facto language of science and the world. At this point, it is those who refuse to learn English, who sequester themselves in their own language that are holding back progress. Spain has it's own internet and language subculture, Germans and Russians too, Chinese and Japanese as well, French too. So now I am expected to learn Spanish, German, French, Russian, Chinese and Japanese fluently just so I could speak to those people instead of them just learning English? I'd be open to all of us learning a common language like Esperanto, but I don't see a big push for it. And for the record, English is not my first language. I'm also not opposed to learning languages, I am learning one now because I live in a non-English speaking country that isn't my own. I also speak a little Spanish and I did five and two years of Italian and German, respectively. But I have no illusions that without years of intense study and immersion I could get close to a level in those languages where I can understand their scientific literature. Most people don't have time for that. We can analyse history for why English is the dominant language but crying about spilled milk isn't going to change the fact that for now we're stuck with English. You can get with the times, or continue complaining that Chinese scientists only learned English and not every language on the planet.
>>1334 "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000" by Paul Kennedy is a decent materialist analysis of this question. Free download of the book: https://b-ok.cc/book/1202051/0a82b6 The tl;dr answer is that the geopolitical fragmentation of Europe and constant wars helped to spur technological innovation (that has uneven benefits for different places, ex. Britain benefits more than Portugal from coal mining techniques used to drive steam engines). Colonizing countries generally didn't get wealthy due to their colonial conquests, colonial conquest was generally the result of an economic and technological gap between Britain and the Mughals, for example, that had been growing for some time.
>>1477 >Yeah so India has a low literacy rate compared to the rest of the world and somehow that proves how all the scientific advances made by the the rest of the world are unfair? How about India's literacy rate and scientific lack of achievement have the same underlying cause. Yes, they do, which is the comparative underdevelopment of India, something only as recent as the last couple hundred years. If your argument is that this is due the inherent nature of Indian genetics then I encourage you to walk into the cafeteria of any large tech company or university in the United States.
it doesn't matter because IQ fluctuates with each generation based on environmental factors on pregnant women. the reason the Mesopotamian got to civilization first is because they were on the fertile crescent, where farming was easy as fuck and they had loads of surplus resources to feed the brains of their offspring. there are also events in history where women undergo poverty due to some geopolitical event and then their children come out brainlets. basically IQ is epigenetic

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Corrupt Company masking as a "nonprofit" Cuntageboard 06/01/2020 (Mon) 16:54:17 No. 1813 [Reply] [Last]
Any one else seen of the scandel that collegeboard has gotten itself into? Long story short, because of coronachan, they did AP exams online, problem is that they had every person in the world take them at the same time, including international students who had to take them very early in the morning like 2 AM. What should be done about this? Collegeboard also seems to have monopolized education because of the fact that every university and college requires people to take the SAT which collegeboard owns My idea would be for the government to not recognize it as a nonprofit anymore by taxing the shit out of them. If they end up raising the prices of their tests, it would prove our point that they are a greedy company in disguise, or its gonna force them to just plain admit that they are a company, and that they will cut back on test costs to gain their nonprofit status back. Either way fuck this greedy company, Collegeboard is one of the higher powers that is fucking up the American education system

will translate any russian text under 20k words Comrade 05/18/2020 (Mon) 22:38:49 No. 1688 [Reply] [Last]
it should take me a couple of days max to do so. drop links, pdfs, images if it's larger than 20k lmk and i'll think about it i'll also do belarusian if needed
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>>1690 finished. let me know if there are any issues.
>>1750 Thanks for the work comrade
OP bumping in case anyone needs a translation
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Hi, I'm writing an article for New Multitde about new Russian left.. would you be able to translate some of these memes for me?
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Why humans? Comrade 04/08/2020 (Wed) 14:09:12 No. 557 [Reply] [Last]
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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>>1327 So are crocodiles what's your point?
>>557 We are able to understand the universe, we are special because we may very well be the most intelligent live in the galaxy if not the universe, modern day science seems to show that the odds of intelligent life forming is incredibly small, it requires shit like the moon and the sun being the same size in our sky and shit.
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>>1327 And they have a fina nose for the booty.
Why doesn't lefypol care about other animals or nature?
Well, an example I like to use is celibacy. You will never see a nonhuman personally choose its entire life not to mate when it is perfectly able to. Voluntary celibacy is unique to humans.

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Learning dialectical thinking Comrade 04/20/2020 (Mon) 21:07:50 No. 1211 [Reply] [Last]
I'm trying to learn and understand dialectics, but I think getting some direction for this would be helpful. Which works should I read to understand dialectical (Hegelian, materialist) thinking and in what order?
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>>1770 That everything is a word play or word/grammatical tricks that have very little to do with reality
>>1770 "no cream" implies the existence of "cream". Without "cream", there is no "no cream"
>>1700 To start in Chinese dialectics, it's necessary to understand the main objects of philosophy researching in China is totally different in the West. In the West, the philosophers often coming from the background of slave holders (aside from some exception) who have free time to think about the essence of the world without relating to the practice of mere mortals. However, in China, most philosophers were coming from aristocracy background, whose concerns were about the nature of the world for the sake of managing it (praxis). Philosophy in Ancient China could be divide into three eras, pre-Confucius, Confucius, and Legalism era, which correlated to three historical eras: Shang-Western Zhou, Spring Autumn, and finally Warring States-Qin-Western Han era. The notable thoughts of ancient Chinese philosophy are Daoism, Confucianism, Mohism and Legalism, each correlated into respective social classes, however, to understand that, you need to deeply understand the historical background of that times. Of all philosophical school, the most dialectical one was Daoism, and the most canonical text of this school is "Dao De Jing" https://ctext.org/dao-de-jing I will quote the most political segments in that work: > 57. (The genuine influence) >A state may be ruled by (measures of) correction; weapons of war may be used with crafty dexterity; (but) the kingdom is made one's own (only) by freedom from action and purpose. >How do I know that it is so? By these facts: - In the kingdom the multiplication of prohibitive enactments increases the poverty of the people; the more implements to add to their profit that the people have, the greater disorder is there in the state and clan; the more acts of crafty dexterity that men possess, the more do strange contrivances appear; the more display there is of legislation, the more thieves and robbers there are. >Therefore a sage has said, 'I will do nothing (of purpose), and the people will be transformed of themselves; I will be fond of keeping still, and the people will of themselves become correct. I will take no trouble about it, and the people will of themselves become rich; I will manifest no ambition, and the people will of themselves attain to the primitive simplicity.' > 58. (Transformation according to circumstances) >The government that seems the most unwise, >Oft goodness to the people best supplies; >That which is meddling, touching everything, >Will work but ill, and disappointment bring. >Misery! - happiness is to be found by its side! Happiness! - misery lurks beneath it! Who knows what either will come to in the end? >Shall we then dispense with correction? The (method of) correction shall by a turn become distortion, and the good in it shall by a turn become evil. >The delusion of the people (on this point) has indeed subsisted for a long time.

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>>1805 (cont.) In other words, Daoism is the ideology of primitive tribal chieftains, who want to return to the simple time of primitive communism. It's not a accident that the more communist you are, the more dialectical you become, because different from private property owners, the communists by their practice must see the world as united whole, and cannot focus on a single part of the world. It's also no accident that Heraclitus, the most dialectical thinker of ancient Greece, was living in Asia Minor, where the relics of ancient way of governing was still strong, and he himself belonged to the ancient aristocrat class. It's class that matters, which I think is the most groundbreaking discovery of Marx and Engels during XIX century. The idea of class struggle can be applied everywhere in class society, East or West, there is no exception.
>>1805 >> 75. (How greediness injures) >The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors. It is through this that they suffer famine. >The people are difficult to govern because of the (excessive) agency of their superiors (in governing them). It is through this that they are difficult to govern. >The people make light of dying because of the greatness of their labours in seeking for the means of living. It is this which makes them think light of dying. Thus it is that to leave the subject of living altogether out of view is better than to set a high value on it. By the way, it's quite funny to see that how the USA are violating all 3 points in the 75th segment. And how /pol/, by not understanding the misery of proletariat, simply displayed their petit-bourgeois ignorance

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Anonymous 01/08/2020 (Wed) 19:21:00 No. 909 [Reply] [Last]
i am learning a few languages, for now it's not hard to learn'em at the same time But, all the autodidact learners recommends at some point reading and listening the language on the daily basis. what lefty media do you read? BTW, I'm learning german, italian, russian and japanese
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>>914 >I'm learning finnish Perkele sisu Suomi benis :DDD 8==D~*
>>962 >watching French dubbed hentai rn The fastest way to learn & coom
>>1013 This. Truth is, most people dgaf about literacy per se, what they want is to be able to communicate. Fluency (or at least good enough, if you weren't immersed in it before four years of age or at latest seven then you'll never be truly "natively" fluent) is priority. I've traveled extensively because of work, a rare privilege, and while writing and reading has faded from most countries I lived in, the spoken and listening is more or less as good as ever (especially with regards to jargon, like scientific terms or "borrowed" language). India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh were amazing because they would drop in and out of perfect English because there was no "local" word, expression, or phrase for it. And once said "English" becomes commonplace and is "fir for purpose" it just gets absorbed. Very cool.
>>976 Adam Jensen is a German communist youtuber that puts out lots of good content. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKYJfJk4JGZuAkQzJcqk4Xw He posts a lot of shorter videos (less than 10 minutes) that a German learner can play a couple times in a row for listening practice, and he's done some videos in both German and English. Studenten haben DIE LINKE ruiniert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8foCXP8bcI&t=5s Students have ruined Die Linke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fqfzn1WEF0&t=2s
>>1698 I want to read and translate Das Untier because there is no English version and the book seems neat when I manage to stumble through reading a sentence.

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Comrade 05/22/2020 (Fri) 21:41:56 No. 1745 [Reply] [Last]
Does anybody have the pdf of Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East: From European Colony to US Power Projection Platform by Stephen Gowans?
>>1745 here's an epub, OP
>>1752 t-thanks for the record, 3 hours after making the OP, I independently found a MOBI file and converted it to pdf but this is great for other anons regardless, highly recommend it's a great book
can anyone rec me good books about israel/palestine other than this one?


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