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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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>>4298 It's probably fake.
>>4297 It’s all about the organized dissipation of energy t. Low IQcel
>>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.

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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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>>2684 This, Rafiq is a rentard that thinks being right means yelling the loudest. I love nature, much of it is still not understood, so the fact that Rafiq thinks he could make a sweeping generalization as, “It’s not it’s own thing” while worshiping for more abstract concepts like wage labor just shows how much hubris he has. Little wonder he’s so lauded in this website. I get the impression he wasn’t highly regarded on Revleft. The tankies that eat his shit up need to collect their parents inheritance, become republicans and leave the Internet already.
>>4208 That really sucks. It feels like leftist discussion on the Internet is being held on every platform except forums, and too few people remember or realize its potential.
>>4225 Libcom has a pretty active forum.
>>4226 Libcom is a shell of itself similar to Revleft's dying days. It's also less feasible for activity because it represents a substantially smaller section of the left.
>>4213 It's strange that people that can't actually counter his argument tend to direct their focus towards him using all caps at some points. Do I think it's the most effective way of communicating? No. But does it actually affect the arguments at hand? The fact your argument relies upon >I love nature Kind of shows that you haven't actually taken the time to read his points. I love coke. Does that mean it needs to exist post in a communist future? >tankies I implore you to read more, he's far from supportive of USSR/China or Stalinism. This word pretty much means nothing now though so if you just mean him and his follows are strict Marxists then that is true.

Historian 03/27/2020 (Fri) 09:19:41 No. 79 [Reply] [Last]
ITT people who were worse than Hitler
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>>4206 been to his house. cringe taste tbh
>>1379 I don’t even know what to say tbh. This is the og “antifa are the real fascist” mental gymnastics.

Reading Comrade 04/10/2020 (Fri) 07:54:55 No. 701 [Reply] [Last]
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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>>821 I bought a remarkable e-ink tablet. I really like the large display and the ability to write on it. I haven't tried other e-ink readers, but I'm satisfied with this one. My biggest problem with kindles was the tiny fucking screen. Drives me fucking mad because most books I have are PDF letter size books, which are impossible to read on a kindle. The tablet I have is large enough so that pages are usually large enough to read. I haven't had problems with it. I've been reading much more since I got it. I love taking notes on it. I mostly use the highlighting pen though. I've also used it to a lesser degree for note taking.
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

Definition of Fascism Comrade 09/13/2020 (Sun) 12:43:13 No. 4074 [Reply] [Last]
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

Comrade 09/18/2020 (Fri) 08:26:10 No. 4215 [Reply] [Last]
everything feels outdated what the fuck do I read to understand neoliberalism and all this shit, what can you even do at this point?
>>4215 Here Just read this one book by Fisher. It's short and simple, only a 100 pages long If you feel ambitious, read David Harvey's book too

Please waste no time on Hegel! Comrade 09/16/2020 (Wed) 06:14:30 No. 4171 [Reply] [Last]
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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.

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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>>2918 It was only published in the USSR so I wanted to ask the Russian speakers. However I don't think an English version exists, or will ever exist, since it is quite a long work and very obscure. For now we have this which is based off it though! https://www.redstarpublishers.org/DzerzhinskyBio.pdf
>>2719 This one seems to be good. "Main features of cybernetics"
http://lenincrew.com Could you translate anything by the Lenin Crew? Maybe something that stands out to you? I'm not sure if the Google translation is good enough, but I would like a confirmation if it is accurate. If you could, I would like your thoughts and opinions on the website. Or, if you are busy and cannot do any of my requests, I would at least ask you to translate this: http://lenincrew.com/imperialism-and-the-transformation-of-values-into-prices/ Although I am welcome to a translation of a work that you deem to be much more important.
Requesting translations of these images posted in their respective comment sections: https://lefty.booru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=translation_request+russian_text

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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia Comrade 09/17/2020 (Thu) 16:32:04 No. 4201 [Reply] [Last]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Soviet_Encyclopedia The third (last) edition of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia was translated into English for a western publisher almost concurrently with the Russian encyclopedia's publication. Given its obvious significance, it's surprising that not a single volume has circulated online like many other books.

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Comrade 05/12/2020 (Tue) 17:53:47 No. 1569 [Reply] [Last]
Do you prefer physical or digital books /edu/?
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Digital because of pirating absolutely
>>1569 Physical but cause Coronalol, digital so I can use Sci-hub
>>1569 Digital Though if the apocalypse happens I might regret that
>>1569 physical always.
I can't read online. I print out PDFs sometimes though instead of buying.

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