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Pedagogy and /leftypol/ Comrade 04/17/2020 (Fri) 17:25:33 No. 1136 [Reply] [Last]
Are there any teachers here? If so, how do you work with your curricula to insert your chosen beliefs? And what is the most based methodology and pedagogy? >t. Primary School, Y 4-5, we play "Red Leader" which is basically capture the flag but with special rules, and I put up lots of posters about "working together" and "team work".
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>>1450 I'll take anything that is good. From theories to fully fledged session material. I'm trying to broaden my horizon on any subject in this regard. Sculpting is the field where I'm probably have the greatest challenge to come up with meaningful lessons. But if you have anything good, just drop it, noatter which subject. Classes 5 to 13 is it for my case.
>curricula insert your chosen beliefs Don't do this. Education is always meritocratic. It has nothing to do with democracy or justice. Teach them the joy of learning, for them to attain intellectual mastery. Sounds easy but it's actually hard to do. Knowledge is unfortunately a regime of representation, but it's neutral in itself. It's something you are ethically forbidden to meddle in politically, lest you want everything to turn into bloody politics.
>>1510 Out-fucking-standing stuff
>>1514 >Education is always meritocratic. Have you seen what's happening? It's all good and well, but the idea that politics doesn't have a place in education is naive. I don't want to burden students either with the worries of the world, nor turn them in to political sectarians, but look at the fucking state of it all. The motherfuckers pouring in the money know full well what they're doing and as educators we surely can't idly stand by and let it happen.
>>1514 >Education is always meritocratic I wish it were so, but it certainly isn't

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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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>>1487 Because fuck English, that's why. If those Anglo-countries had to learn a foreign language to publish scientific papers their output would halve if not completely disappear because they are all stupid shits incapable of learning languages.
>>1490 Eat a snickers.
>>1482 This. Even scientists from developed countries move to USA.
>>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.

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Historian 03/26/2020 (Thu) 07:54:06 No. 1 [Reply] [Last]
Is this man the only good youtube historian? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBUGQkpk3RE
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>>493 Most people who have the time and money to do historical content for youtube are pretty bourgie.
>>495 fuck off dude >muh nudity some people are into softcore, not everybody is interested in boring old hardcore pornography or hentai
>>1 Lindy is very good and funny on many topics but, oh man, when he starts talking about politics he seems to swipe to his autistic side
the problem with lindy beige is that he is a nerd. He could be analyzing the plays of marlowe, but no he dedicates his time to fucking dungeons and dragons.
>>1383 His video on the Illiad was pretty good https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aofPdMbXzUQ

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The British Empire Comrade 04/30/2020 (Thu) 15:16:47 No. 1430 [Reply] [Last]
Britbong here, As a brit, I believe it's necessary to educate myself on the history of the previously vast British empire to understand how the modern Britan evolved from that. If anyone has any good resources on this, especially the Empire's exploits in India, Africa, China and Ireland, please leave them below. Bonus points if they are Marxist works.
I read Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis when I was just becoming a leftist and it was some hard hitting stuff for me.
>>1433 This looks fantastic, thank you for the recommendation! (The epub you attached is corrupted, the chapters are blank.)
>>1430 To add to the other Anon's post, End of Empire is a pretty good overview of the end of the british empire, and while not terribly detailed in any particular area, it gives a pretty thorough overview of the bush conflicts and dirty wars that made up the Empire's death rattle after the Second World War
>>1454 Who would be the author for that?
>>1505 Brian Lapping The Decline and Fall of the British Empire by Piers Brendon might be better though, covers from Yorktown to the end

Lets Study Cinema History Comrade 05/05/2020 (Tue) 08:51:47 No. 1499 [Reply] [Last]
Quote from the Soviet film "The Great Citizen" (1937): "Oh, twenty years after a GOOD WAR, get out and take a look at the Soviet Union - composed of lets say thirty or forty republics." On January 1, 1937 as part of the so-called USSR there were only 11 republics, implying that that USSR has planned to annex at least 20 European states during WW2. Communist propaganda also portrayed total war as something "good". After the war the propaganda has drastically changed, now claiming that USSR is the "Bastion of Peace" (СССР оплот МИРА). But there is a catch, since in Russian language both "peace" and "world" have the same word "mir" (МИР). So when a Russian says "we need mir", he can mean botch "we need peace" and "we need the whole world".
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In a sense for Russians peace wont happen until they enslave the whole world. These swastika branding FSB operatives dont even hide it.

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Yugoslavia and post Yugoslav states Q&A Comrade 04/30/2020 (Thu) 08:34:00 No. 1420 [Reply] [Last]
Yugoslavia was the only "eastern bloc" country that was almost entirely liberated by the domestic communsit led anti-fascist coalition. They wanted to follow the Soviet model, but due to some ComInform (ex Comintern) tensions, Stalin excluded them and after 1948 they strated to look for their own path in building socialism and they came up with self-management - the workers voted in the managers, voted on employing new people, what the created value will be used on etc. However, they never really found a good way to trade goods between companies so they re-implemented the market where goods between companies and between companies and consumers were traded. They also had strong relationship with various 2nd and 3rd world countries and helped them out a lot (they worked on importan construction projects in Iraq, Syria, Egypt etc. etc.), and many foreign students came to study in Yugoslavia (people from Congo, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq etc. etc.) In the 70s they borrowed money from the World bank which fucked them at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s (debt crisis) which gave rise to ugly nationalism which eventually destroyed the country and re-introduced a wild capitalism.
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>>1420 How did the national identity of Yugoslavia came apart so quickly? Even the USSR during its own collapse didn’t experience such a full fledged dissolution.
>>1447 I am from here, I know. I am just writing so our non-yugo friends understand.
>>1458 Because citizens of Yugoslavia never had a "Yugoslav" national identity. The regime in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia pushed very hard for a unified Yugoslav state and nation, but failed miserably. Post war socialist Yugoslavia was from the start a federal state in which Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Macedonia were federal states. And Kosovo, while not a federal state, had the status of an autonomous region. A Slovenian writer once said in 1913: by blood we are brothers, by language we are cousins, but by culture, which develops over centuries, we are further apart than a Slovenian peasant is from a (German) peasant in Tirol (Austrian region).
>>1472 >A Slovenian writer once said in 1913: by blood we are brothers, by language we are cousins, but by culture, which develops over centuries, we are further apart than a Slovenian peasant is from a (German) peasant in Tirol (Austrian region). Typical Slovenian. I love how dead on Yugo stereotypes are. That's why the jokes are funny, cause they're all true.
>>1484 This. Also it's funny how "typical Slovenian" comes from presumably a Croat or Serbian - your guys really are crazy nationalist fanatics

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Comrade 05/04/2020 (Mon) 08:05:43 No. 1456 [Reply] [Last]
recommend me books of underground socialist/anarchist movements, files and biographies of people who were involved.
>>1488 Check'd, Nazi. Bonnot Gang were just a bunch of gangsters and murderers.

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Historian 02/29/2020 (Sat) 15:16:58 No. 110 [Reply] [Last]
let's play a game someone draws a historic event in paint and other people try to guess what event that person drew
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>>1441 Idk about European antifa, I hear they are a little more militant over the pond. It's not like antifa here is a group. This is definitely relevant to the antifascist actions taken by the GDC and various trot parties. All the antifascist actions I've taken part in have indeed involved broad coalitions of do gooders, ie bourgeois orgs marching with alleged communists. It's a lose lose in terms of how those kind of demos play out. I guess the one good thing is that if we outnumber them then the liberals see which side the cops are on. There's also a false consciousness though that that breeds, because it feels like you've scared them off and are doing something productive, when in reality they just failed to mobilize (as they frequently do) because they aren't a real threat.
>>120 The Helga (poorly) shelling the GPO? Not liberty hall and the statue at the top looks right
>>129 Kek
>>146 Hahaha what the fucking lel. The nazis are like bad saturday morning villains
>>1410 When did the libs use a sonic lobster to push away and bully salvador dali?

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Scientific Socialism and Dialectics Comrade 04/13/2020 (Mon) 22:23:20 No. 882 [Reply] [Last]
Alright so I've had a few interactions with people on /leftypol/ who seem to think that Dialectics means rejecting the Aristotelian law of non-contradiction. As far as I can tell this has no real basis in the work of Marx or Engels and is a good to not be taken seriously by anyone who understands logic or philosophy or mathematics. I was really confused about where this came from for a while. I have read Mao's "On Contradiction" many times and I suppose that text could be read that way, but I don't think that is what Mao meant by contradiction or "the unity of opposites". Last night though I read Leon Trotsky's "The ABC of Materialist Dialectics" and I think I've found my answer. In it, Trotsky straight up makes a case for why A=/=A, and does make a somewhat compelling argument until you examine it critically. This piece is well written like most of Trotsky's work, but his argument is full of non-sequitors and general misreadings of Marx and Engels. I want to make this thread to do some comparing and contrasting between four texts in particular, but we can bring in other lit if people want. Those four texts are... Anti-Duhring by Engels: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/anti-duhring/index.htm The ABC of Materialst Dialectics: https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1939/12/abc.htm Dialectical and Historical Materialism: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1938/09.htm On Contradiction by Mao Zedong: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-1/mswv1_17.htm The first thing I want to note is in paragraph 12 of the general introduction to Anti-Duhring:

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>>1206 Are you the same guy who does those music videos, I know one was about Kaczynski.
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>>1400 Yeah that's me. One of the only avatar or namefags left in this wretched den. God I miss afroplasm.
>>1401 >One of the only avatar or namefags left in this wretched den I could point you to several websites where everyone is a namefag.
>>1402 True. There are plenty of namefags here too. I meant out of the 2017 cohort.
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Notes on Anti-Duhring section III in video form. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTF3HlZxicw&t=27s

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Comrade 04/28/2020 (Tue) 05:19:34 No. 1380 [Reply] [Last]
Anyone have a PDF of Charles Fourier's "The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy"? I need it because reasons.
>>1387 https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/fourier/works/ch29.htm I found the bankrupts, but not the cucks. I looked all over libgen, it's not there. I don't know where else you'd find it.
Bump >Not on libgen Then was it ever even real?
I've been looking for it as well, and it is indeed difficult to find online.
>>1393 It's real: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12400532-the-hierarchies-of-cuckoldry-and-bankruptcy I've been looking further and it appears there isn't even a commercial eBook available for purchase. Honestly at this point I think the best route is to find a library that carries it. It's only 90 pages, so if you go that route, please consider scanning it for all of us.


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