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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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>>2058 I put it in quotes because that is how it appears on the picture. Honest question: are you actually this stupid or are you just looking for excuses to disregard the post because it hurt your feelings? This is an anonymous board, you don't have to lie to us.
>>2065 I asked first. do you even know the difference between the Dialectical and Socratic method?
>>2068 Of course I do. My turn: are you actually this stupid or are you just looking for excuses to disregard the post because it hurt your feelings?
>>2069 it’s quite clear the only person hurting anybody’s feelings is Hegel

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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
>>1813 unironically import the french model, which most continental europe uses, and which was also the standard in the eastern block: national examination covering 2-5 subjects which may vary depending on the curricula track (STEM-focused or humanities-focused), and competitive written exams for entry into higher education.
>>1898 This shit ain't happenin in Burgerstan without a revolution. Too many PROFITs to be lost

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Ψ-Psychology General Comrade 06/07/2020 (Sun) 23:55:38 No. 1864 [Reply] [Last]
Anybody know some good textbooks on modern psychology, any field goes, although social psychology would be the most important one. And yeah, psychology general now that we are in it.
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>>1881 What psychology majors read is typically going to be bound to liberal hegemonic principles, and thus, in some way or another, fundamentally reactionary. However, there are still somewhat modern texts worth reading (that come from a heterodox, psychologically critical point of view). For example, I'd recommend 'unscientific psychology' and 'lev vygotsky: revolutionary scientist' by Fred Newman.
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>>1864 greatest book on psychology and socialism that I've ever read
>>1946 Damn, Lebon wrote about socialism? cool, altought It must be a shit critique i think.
>>1864 REDpill me on Lacan

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University communists general Comrade 06/16/2020 (Tue) 15:32:42 No. 1943 [Reply] [Last]
This is a thread for communists who are (or are planning to) study at unnamed universities the world over. The thread is to serve as a mutual intellectual support system and meta-discussion for communist students to · share resources for picking and learning your object of study · discuss strategies for studies · weekly rhythms and scheduling outside of the classroom · organizing the student-body and/or spreading artistic agitation · all while ultimately staying safe and completing your studies ✊🚩🏴
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>>1944 >not knowing the difference between 'communists' and 'Communists'. Have you ever heard of Kropotkin, Malatesta and Makhno? All communists. Kropotkin even preferred the red flag over the black. >>1945 This one had a better OP.
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>>1950 Toilet stalls are a great starting point for immediate practice for messaging. Something as easy as a sharpie, or more advanced like stickers works great -- for revolutionary quotes, advertising radical student orgs, critiquing, some new event... Graffiti is only recommended in some area outside the premises, where you know there's no surveillance, perhaps on the road or electric boxes towards the nearest public transit (and make it in the middle of the night or something, but be aware that security could still be on watch over the general area (paid for by the uni) - so act with due caution if you'd do this). See the Situationist's theory of 'psychogeography' for more of this, but modify the context to the present one of abundant surveillance. I'd recommend you take the first month of casual strolling with a cap/sunglasses to self-surveil the surveillance, take a google-maps screenshot and mark out where the surveillance is most intense and where it radically decreases, taking into account windows and especially corners as well. A stencil graffiti of a communist quotation or a visible hammer and sickle makes the intellectual climate for students more liberating as they know there isn't all just 'apolitical' libs all over the place; it functions as a giant 'OK' sign those quiet. All this while never making your political views incriminatorily obvious as a 'Subversive Agitator' to potentially get you kicked out of the uni; it should all be carried out relatively secret until actions gets sprung up spontaneously, go ahead and support them, but still with some distance, acting like you just heard about it like everybody else, so as to not get targeted as 'the Leader'. Use a VPN for your devices, if things kick off don't use things like Facebook as they collaborate with authorities, but instead be the pseudonymous admin of a Riot.IM group or something and post that also in the stalls (this is after things have actually started rolling). Bam, maybe you've just radicalized several hundreds of students for the foreseeable future, who knows.
>>1950 Forcibly projecting late 60s Godard into every art student's retina on a 24 hour loop.
I hate my university, it is imperialist as fuck. I'm only going so I can become good at [STEM TOPIC] and use my skills to help overthrow capitalism.

/math/ general Comrade 04/04/2020 (Sat) 17:37:10 No. 344 [Reply] [Last]
All good communists study math. What are you studying right now? What is your favorite field of mathematics and why? Personally, I really like the book "Linear Algebra Done Right" by Sheldon Axler. It is on Libgen if you are interested and I attached a pdf.
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i'm studying the finite element method
>>1646 I'm more of a finite difference man, have you ever studied that?
I personally find math incredibly boring, don’t care for it.
>>347 Linear Algebra Probability Calculus
>>344 Everybody now some good books on that go rigorously through the math of a planned economy?, (aside from the soviet ones).

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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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>>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
>>1459 Are you sure it’s not 97% female

italian vs spanish political catholicism Comrade 06/13/2020 (Sat) 16:51:51 No. 1922 [Reply] [Last]
I'm reading Dylan Riley's [Civic Foundations of Fascism](https://b-ok.cc/book/5440703/4e76ad) and liking it quite a bit, but one thing that comes out pretty clearly is that while political Catholicism in Italy before and shortly after WWI had an independent and relatively "leftist" streak - lots of independent workers organizations and so on, probably most people reading this are familiar with the PSI/PPI alliance that might have been able to weather through the fascist threat if they could agree over some smaller stuff - Spanish political Catholicism was much more uniformly reactionary and under the direction of local landowners. And this happens despite obvious similarities between the countries - semiperipheral position in world-economy, historical catholicism obviously, very old "republican" associational traditions in the big cities, a liberal political system organized around clientelism and smoke-filled rooms. When I (or Riley for that matter) try to think of why political Catholicism in Italy would turn against the system, I think of things like "well the state built its power by crowding against the church, which in turn believed it was going to get wiped out by a cabal of freemasons" but that's obviously true of Spain as well, which IIRC actually built up even more bad blood with land reform and so on. And if I think of why they'd be dependent in Spain it's things like "well big landowners used the church to control peasants," and it's not clear why that wouldn't be true in Italy as well - in fact Riley emphasses how in each case local notables organized each initially, but then they became independent in Italy by the 1890s and never really in Spain. Maybe it's just something like "Italy had higher literacy rates and it's that much easier to self-organize?" But of course it's not like illiterate peasants never get mobilized by the left either.

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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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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
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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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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>>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
>>1472 >muh mitteleuropa
>>1458 uneven development caused diverging consciousness; "yugoslavization" is a thing, and you can see it today even moreso with the euroregion policy. my impression was that the serbs were the most vested in the yugoslav identity and considered themselves yugoslavs until the ouster of milosevic and even some time after that.

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English DPRK Lit. Archive Comrade 06/07/2020 (Sun) 20:30:37 No. 1863 [Reply] [Last]
Here's a google drive I found full of documents, biographies, reports, counterprop and theory for Juche, Songon and just about everything else DPRK: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B48PXBn7S_-MMVlaZjlrOEdKWFk There is notably some very recent documents from as late as last year, including the theoretical work of Kim Jong Un. Everything (I have seen) in here is in English. (If you are (rightly) wary of Google here, know that you can view and download these files through a Tor browser.) Anyone got anything else DPRK-related they don't see here that they'd like to archive?
Official DPRK website full of documents in several languages: http://www.korean-books.com.kp/en/


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