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📖/read/ing - Something few people seem to do📚️ Comrade 10/12/2020 (Mon) 15:26:02 No. 4956
Hello and welcome comrades!, this is a reading club thread, we will be reading and discussing Marxist theory books. We've already started and completed reading and discussing The Communist Manifesto and The Principles of Communism yesterday. Anyone can join the reading club, if you want to read and understand theory and you're serious about it then don't be afraid to join! we're still reading the basics so you don't have to be intimidated. Our current reading list: https://leftyread.neocities.org/ /leftytrash/ matrix community link: https://matrix.to/#/+leftytrash:matrix.org /read/ matrix room link: https://matrix.to/#/#leftyread:matrix.org Also we are closely related to the /GET/ Reading group who helped us make our own reading group: >>>/GET/86343
Edited last time by krates on 11/26/2020 (Thu) 03:10:36.
Also worth mentioning that this is the reading group that sprouted from this thread >>>/leftypol/936282
do you guys use a Kindle, phone or computer to read?
>>4985 I use computer to read, some use phones and idk about Kindle. Just use whatever you're comfortable with
>>4985 I use a 7inch kobo ereader (for epubs). Highly recommend it.
>>4987 what about pdfs?
>>4990 Most everything I read is available in epub (classic theory, modern books). For articles and rare pdfs I just read on my laptop
>>4956 I have to click on the third link on Sunday right?
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>>5007 You can click on the link anytime but yes, Sunday is when we have the reading club meeting.
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>>4956 Critique of the Gotha Programme Completed! We've made a summary that can be found at https://leftyread.neocities.org/gotha.html
bumping one of the better threads on the website
nominating Blood In My Eye by George Jackson for the reading list
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Just making sure this thread is updated: our group is still very much active, and since the last update, we have completed many more readings. These past couple of weeks we did "Theses on Feuerbach" and "Socialism: Utopian and Scientific". Our discussions have been very productive and enjoyable. We are working our way up to Capital, which is already very close in our schedule. Again, for anyone interested in more information about the group, you can check out the links in the OP, such as our website: https://leftyread.neocities.org/
>>5938 How do you export it like that from org-mode?
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Announcing a complete overhaul of our site! This update, besides looking a lot fancier, also adds a little library section. There we'll be adding all the books we read, along with the study guides we use and our little summaries and commentaries. The goal of our site is not just to represent our group. It is also supposed to stand for itself. The point would be to provide people with ebooks, reading lists, and commentary on books. Our hope is to allow others to come to our website and find new things they could study by themselves, whithout necessarily having to join our group. So we have added the library, and might be adding reading lists, charts and recommendations in the future. Currently our group is studying classical marxist theory, meaning we're not into anything obscure at the moment. You can tell by the fact that most of our ebooks and study guides are lifted from marxists.org. Still, we think there is value in making this sort of activity public, as it might inspire others, and provide them with resources to study by themselves. As our group develops and moves into more "advanced" theory, so to speak, we are going to be adding more and more material, moving beyond the basic texts that everyone knows. All that said, if you are interested in studying marxist theory, need a reading list, or maybe are just looking for ebooks, do check our site out! Our new update has made it look pretty fancy, but also easier to navigate, which will matter as more content is added. Our domain remains https://leftyread.neocities.org/
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>>5964 Hello Emacs-fren, site admin here. The original site was generated by exporting from org into HTML, as I see you've figured out. The cool theme is applied simply by adding a custom CSS to the generated HTML pages. This is done very simply by changing the #+HTML_HEAD option in an org buffer (see pic). That option, as the name indicates, allows adding custom CSS and scripts to any generated org file by modifying the HTML head. Unfortunately, due to the significant changes to the site, mentioned above, I have moved away from generating the pages from org. Doing this I ended up getting rid of the old CSS, so I cannot provide it to you as I have deleted it. Though I still have the original version, upon which our version was based on: https://pastebin.com/4vdMnFPZ. This version uses a gruvbox color scheme, and was not made by me.
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Oh shit, we got stickied! That explains the influx of new members. Thank you mods! That helps us out a lot. I guess the fancy new update to our website drew some attention. I'm here to announce two things: first is a change of schedule. This week we'll no longer be discussing Marx's 18th Brumaire. Due to the time constraints we have replaced it with a fairly short work: Lenin's Three Sources and Three Components of Marxism. The new schedule and ebooks are available on the /read/ website. Second announcement is basic maintenance of the website. We're moving files and pages around, for better scalability as the site grows. Some links may be down temporarily, so if any issues occur, just try again some time later. I'll also be writing some index pages for different authors to expand our library. For now that's Marx, Engels and Lenin. Similar to what marxists.org has, but more organized and with better files/ebooks, since we're not afraid of committing piracy ;^)
>>5965 Site looks amazing. Keep it up
Discussion on Lenin's "Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism" finished. We'll be doing Engels' "Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State" next week. Ebooks can be found at https://leftyread.neocities.org/library/engels/origin-family.html
>>6007 Where do these discussions take place and are there any write-ups?
>>6013 >Where do these discussions take place Discussions happen on Sundays in our Matrix chatroom, you are welcome to join us. Link to our Matrix community is https://matrix.to/#/+leftytrash:matrix.org , join the /read/ room for the reading group. >are there any write-ups? We occasionally prepare writeups after discussing, though these aren't very detailed or anything, just a few bullet points vaguely describing discussion. The most detailed document we wrote was a summary of Marx's Critique of the Gotha Program. You can find these on our website. Now that you mention it, I think it would be a good idea to come up with more detailed summaries of all discussions. Synthesizing knowledge in this way seems like an important step in learning. I'll bring it up with the group, try to make it into a formal practice. Thank you for the idea.
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Some tips on reading, taking notes and synthesizing knowledge.
>>4985 I got a kindle for libgen stuff, it's much more pleasant than a computer screen or phone screen.
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Discussion on Engels' "Origin of the Family..." is now done. Our "Introduction to Marxism" reading list is now almost complete. This means that our next reading is Capital Volume One. So if you're thinking about joining the group, this would be the right moment, as we'll be busy reading Capital for quite a few weeks. We'll be starting with just Chapter 1 for now, as it is longer and denser than subsequent chapters. We will be tackling more chapters per week after this one. As per recommendation from the people over at the Capital Reading Group (>>5108), we will be reading the Penguin Classics edition, translated by Ben Fowkes, with a preface/introduction by Ernest Mandel. To accompany our reading of Capital, we have provided a few related resources on our site. These sum up to quite a lot, so there's no need to read everything. These are "optional" readings, as we won't be discussing them directly, but they might come in handy or get brought up during discussion of Capital. These resources are: >Ernest Mandel's "Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory" This one gets recommended on this site pretty often. We have included it here for those who would like to brush up on their political economy before actually getting into Capital. We don't consider this to be necessary, though. >Althusser's preface to Capital Althusser's preface includes a series of tips and suggestions to readers of Capital. He bases these on what he considers to be the three approaches people might have to the book, and gives each according recommendations. NOTE: We will not be following his recommendation of skipping Chapter 1. >Carlo Cafiero's "Summary of Capital" An old summary of Capital by italian communist Carlo Cafiero. It's a fairly complete yet succint summmary, from what we know. Only about 50 pages long. This was recommended to us by our /GET/ comrades. >Mita Sekisuke's "Method of Capital" We found this on marxists.org and thought it was pretty neat. It's a japanese marxist explaining Capital as a work of logic, and its underlying methodology. Fairly short read, recommended. All of these can be found on https://leftyread.neocities.org/library/marx/capital-vol-1.html
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>>6341 Bonus resource for this week's reading: a diagram illustrating Chapter One: The Commodity, taken from the Capital Reading Group thread.
>>6342 Here's another bonus This one illustrates all of Capital vol. 1
>>6341 When do we start?
looks like i missed the start. do you think there could be a another group in the future to start from the beginning?
>>6376 We have many new members who joined relatively late, maybe you should join the matrix chat and convince them to start a new reading club, i have a feeling a lot of them want to start from the beginning since most of them are inactive during our discussions.
>>6379 Why don't we set up a matrix room specifically for reading?
>>6388 We already have a matrix room for our reading group, it's called /read/, if you want then please create a room and announce it in our room. i'd like to see a second reading club that'd be interesting.
>>6388 I'm seconding that you should join us in /read/ and figure out a new reading group from there. That's what we originally did, actually. Some of us joined the /GET/ reading group in the same day, and we ended up deciding to start our own thing, and that's /read/. We're still in close contact with our /GET/ frens, it's nice having contact with people who have read more theory than us. I'm sure some of our new/inactive members would be willing to start a new thing. Hit us up and we can figure it out. We could put the new room under the same Matrix community as /read/ and the /GET/ group, so the three can be 'interconnected' while still being their own independent things.


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