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Covid is an Urbanoid problem
>>896370 >>896626 >>897414 I like how leftypol knows how to argue even in shitposts
>>897440 Utterly wrong. Kys
COVID would simply never exist in a rural agrarian socialist society but also the glasses thing is pretty much just a meme. There were many high ranking members of the Khmer Rouge who wore them.
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SHUT THE FUCK UP

Book Review: The Psychology Of Conspiracy Theories Anonymous 09/19/2020 (Sat) 22:18:52 No. 883687 [Reply] [Last]
Book Review: The Psychology Of Conspiracy Theories by Jan-Willem van Prooijen In this age of Qanon I thought this would be an interesting book to read. The author is a Dutch Psychologist and backs up the assertions with sources. VERY SHORT Summary: Conspiracy theories are not the result of pathology or mental illness but the misdirection of normal human impulses to recognize patterns and agency in people and events, combined with a belief-based mindset (correlated with Religiosity and Superstition). This happens in times of war, social upheaval, or rapid social or technological change. The solution is more education, as well as transparency in institutions and accountability. It's an interesting book, although the author seems to include some centrist political muh both sides waffling, although it is apparent that even though he mentions left wing conspiracies and socialist regimes in passing, his focus is on the far right generally. LONGER TLDR: Some conspiracy theories are true and some are false. This is a book about psychoanalyzing conspiracy beliefs, not judging the accuracy of those beliefs. The idea is that conspiracy theories are not based on some sort of mental illness or pathology, but a normal human reaction towards dealing with and/or explaining fear and uncertainty, particularly in periods of social upheaval or rapid social/technological change. People who react to this in a conspiratorial way tend to have personality types that are based on intuition, snap/gut judgements, and heuristics as opposed to careful analytic thinking, and also more inclined to religion or superstitious thinking (tarot cards, astrology, etc.). This is also correlated with lower levels of education. People with a “belief-oriented” mindset are more distrustful of others in daily life, and have relatively extreme or non-mainstream political views. The objects of conspiracy theory often involve groups of people or institutions that the person already dislikes or distrusts. Belief in conspiracy theories can itself cause additional anxiety, exacerbating the problem. There are also normal human biases that play into these beliefs: proportionality bias, the idea that a world changing political event must have an equally large conspiracy behind it. Also, illusory pattern perception, i.e. mistaking correlation for causation. People with fringe or extreme politics are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. People who have a strong sense of in-group identity, and a strong sense of out-group threat also are more prone to conspiracy theories.

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>>902331 >>there are child sex trafficking tunnels under washington dc which were uncovered by an fbi investigation a few yearsago but which have been intentionally memoryholed by the mass media. similar tunnels exist under disneyland to kidnap children this is qanon shit.
>>902331 How is Shaytan so dangerously based? My favorite namefag apart from KingLear (who is based beyond belief).
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>>902331 >>902360 >>902951 schizo samefagging
>>902954 You just posted cringe
>>883687 The solution is dethroning God/religion and giving people more money.

Anonymous 09/25/2020 (Fri) 18:01:51 No. 901102 [Reply] [Last]
Commercial banks create 99,99% of the money supply and national banks (or fed in burgerland) only fraction of it. Our economics professor told everybody slacking to get out of the auditorium because this is real shit and those who are interested sit down and listen to exactly this. This was the final lecture of Macro 1 course two years ago. How relevant is this information from the perspective of communist ideology when we are trying to get rid of all money? What is the opinion of more well read marxists?
>>901102 Since commies either want to replace money as it exists now with either labor vouchers, commodity money, or with at the very least publicly owned finance, it's only relevant to an analysis of contemporary capitalism. It's a post-keynesian argument about the concept of "endogenous money", that is loans create their own deposits not the other way around. It deflates neoliberal arguments about the origins of credit and the so-called "business cycle", but this is more relevant to a market economy. In terms of policy implications it shows that the neoclassical arguments of banks as mere intermediaries between agents exchanging mutual values is nonsensical -- in reality money itself is worthy of consideration as an endogenous agent affecting the business cycle.
>>901117 >in reality money itself is worthy of consideration as an endogenous agent affecting the business cycle. Can you put this in material terms how does this works.
>>901102 >Commercial banks create 99,99% of the money supply absolutely shocked that an econ professor is a colossal retard vomiting up incorrect/idiotic tripe like this

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Anonymous 09/26/2020 (Sat) 05:01:32 No. 902748 [Reply] [Last]
You're not a Marxist if you don't admire Marx on a personal level. You're not a Maoist if you don't admire Mao on a personal level. You're not a Stalinist or a Leninist if you don't admire their characters. Enough with this bullshit notion that they were fundamentally flawed people and that we need to only admire their ideas. Just because Marx didn't use the word womxn in one of his writings doesn't make him a sexist. Anchored: Dumb low effort bait
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HURR, but also DURR!
>>902748 "likewise (he spent a long time in Africa) he shows that the common negro type is only a degeneration of a far higher one." - Karl Marx
it's not a bullshit notion that all of these people are important for their ideas. you're actively telling people to be dumb and to have cults of personality instead of beliefs that are worthwhile for their substance. i can't understand why, wtf do we win by being a marx fanclub?
I try to go with maxim: "it doesnt matter who says a thing, what's important is what they said". Of course any action undertaken by those ideas is added value and any action made against them is loss of value. That said, I dont admire Marx on a personal level, I try to admire what he stood for.
I admire Marx because he was a filthy theorycel who didn't bathe, abused liquor and cigars and had autistic arguments with fellow socialists just like me :)

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Korryn Gaines Anonymous 09/22/2020 (Tue) 19:29:43 No. 891782 [Reply] [Last]
This girl is my hero. Shame she haven't killed a few Nazi cops. The shooting of Korryn Gaines occurred on August 1, 2016, in Randallstown, Maryland, near Baltimore,[1] resulting in the death of Gaines, a 23-year-old woman, and the shooting of her son, who survived. According to police reports, Gaines was stopped for a traffic violation for having a piece of cardboard with writing on it in place of a license plate. The cardboard plate read "Any government official who compromises this pursuit of happiness and right to travel, will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right and freedom." Gaines was pulled over for invalid license plates which she contends was valid under constitutional law. After the officers ordered her to get out of the vehicle, she told them, "You will have to kill me". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Korryn_Gaines
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>>900093 >mental problems Largely a myth Most of what's labeled mental problems are social, economic or both
>>900072 That may be, but there is no evidence to suggest this. She was just a lolbert trying to skirt the law. >>900093 True. These kinds of people are usually mentally ill. You could say the system failed before the cops ever showed up, and you would be right. However, she wasn't murdered. If you have mental problems and aim a weapon at me, you're going to get shot. At that point it doesn't matter why you are threatening my life, the fact is you are doing it.
>>900057 Police escalated the situation until she grabbed a shotgun. At that point back off, a missing license plate is not worth a gun fight. Police can not be asked to risk their lives over trivial code violations. Populations can not be subjected to deadly state terror for letters and numbers on cars. >if police let people get away with no tags, soon this law will not be enforced. Slippery slope fallacy, death-threats to enforce license plates is insanity, majority wants em for legal recourse in case of car accidents anyway, having to pay a ticket will convince most others, regardless what happens to cranks. >Again, how would your ideal law enforcement agency deal with this? Proportional response. Roughing up, arresting or killing people as outcome of police interactions for enforcing regulation on cars is unacceptable. Police should back off once she proved to be unreasonable after she got pulled over. Enforcing the car tags with obstinate people. Discreetly put a GPS tracker on her car, or follow her home , to get her address and mail her a fine for code violation. If the fine is ignored, impound her car for a month, if that doesn't work re-impound the car for 3 months, 9 months, sell the car and use the money to pay the fines. Cars without license plates will be continuously removed from the streets and sold to people willing to accept license plates. Problem solved without bodybags.
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>>891808 pregnant around 17 is really not that bad, all things considered. I saw 14 year olds get pimped out when I was working in some rougher cities.

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Was historian Eric Hobsbawm actually a communist or just a 30s socdem? Anonymous 09/25/2020 (Fri) 19:54:51 No. 901430 [Reply] [Last]
Sources on him say he was a socialist but I don't at all get this impression reading his work, at most he comes off as a social Democrat maybe
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Any "communist" who can openly proclaim their views in academia isn't actually threatening to capitalism.
>>902264 Yeah we should just leave academia to the thousands of liberal and reactionary historians instead.
>>902264 >"The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions."
>>901494 Who fucking cares all these people are long dead.
>>901430 Well historians often tell me that despite being an excellent historian otherwise he has a "terrible" covering of the USSR, by which they mean he interpreted the USSR in a way very sympathetic to it to the point where it comes off as "apologia". Also I hear he argued against markets, so that doesn't sound socdem.

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News 9/25/20 News Anon 3.0 09/25/2020 (Fri) 17:37:59 No. 901042 [Reply] [Last]
Brazil: Volkswagen Acknowledges Persecution, Torture of Workers The German company pledged to grant US$6.5 million to promote initiatives related to the defense of human rights and the investigation of crimes committed during the dictatorship. Just over US$3 million of that amount will go to former workers who reported violations of their human rights. https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Volkswagen-Acknowledges-Persecution-Torture-of-Workers-20200925-0004.html Prominent Kashmiri lawyer-activist shot dead in Srinagar A prominent lawyer-activist was fatally shot by assailants in the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, police and the victim’s relatives said on Friday.Babar Qadri was shot on Thursday evening at his home in Srinagar by unidentified gunmen, police said. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/9/25/assailants-shoot-and-kill-prominent-kashmir-lawyer https://archive.is/7wQwG N. Korea’s Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official who was apparently trying to defect near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident, South Korean officials said. https://apnews.com/article/south-korea-shootings-archive-north-korea-seoul-a78597c061c756a3c788de9993fe523f Paris: 2 wounded in knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo office At least two people were seriously wounded in a knife attack in central Paris near the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Friday, police said. French prosecutors said they are investigating the attack as a possible case of terrorism. https://www.dw.com/en/paris-2-wounded-in-knife-attack-near-former-charlie-hebdo-office/a-55053102

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>>901758 No fun
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thanks news anon
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>>901100 >Protester Whacks Police Officer With Metal Baseball Bat
>>902712 He got bonked
>>901100 >Seattle Protester Whacks Police Officer With Metal Baseball Bat in Viral Video Say goodbye to your kneecaps chucklehead!

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This is a Marxist-Leninist thread! Anonymous 09/26/2020 (Sat) 05:33:54 No. 902791 [Reply] [Last]
Yeah, I know it's hard to get over the fact that Lenin=Stalin, but still, it's a fucking fact. It's truth, lol. Yeah, I know it's hard to combat your own (((anglo))) ideology, but it's just a fact of history. Maybe, for a second be (((able))) to critique your own position. I know it's hard, but you can try. Stalin was, like, 80% based, and merely 20% cringe. Can you comprehend that, zoomer? Fucking Slavoj Zizek and Xi Jinping would agree with this assessment, lmao. It's almost as if you were illiterate or something. Still, I want you to these posts >>902122 >>902410 >>902607 and give me a single reason why you aren't LITERAL TRASH, lmao!
>incoming

Anonymous 09/26/2020 (Sat) 00:13:36 No. 902170 [Reply] [Last]
Is there any way I can drag my friend out of this "uwu i hate politics i like drawing and corgis uwu" without directly mentioning politics?
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mind your own business faggot
I would never think i would see Rick Owens on this website
if he is actually serious about art, he will eventually understand the economic position of most amateur artists. there is a reason why artists are generally stereotyped as being left wing.
Call them slurs. It is the accelerationist option.
>>902220 >to vote Niggеr do you know where you are?

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ITT: most retarded anticommunist "arguments" Anonymous 01/02/2020 (Thu) 12:04:34 No. 194067 [Reply] [Last]
For me as someone who lives in a post-Soviet country the most brainlet and anti-reality argument has got to be "COMMUNISM IS ANTI-CULTURE" My family still has shelves with 100s of books they got in the USSR, real books like obscure classical works or science ones. You CAN'T find most of them in stores anymore because they have been replaced with lowest common denominator schlock like 50 shades of grey or cheap fantasy novels. You have to go to a specialized library to find books you could buy at any bookstore in the USSR. Little surprise that the USSR used to be "the most reading country". Socialism built and supported theaters, museums, cinemas etc and most importantly it made them available to the entire population instead of a small leisurely elite. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to call the USSR the most cultured country in history if the criteria is the total number of people with access to "high culture" like classical music and theater. Don't even get me started on Soviet contributions to the art world like Prokofiev, Tarkovsky etc. Classical arts were preserved and promoted, folk culture was supported too. The only culture socialism "destroyed" was religion and culture of the ruling classes like decadent balls. That's what reactionaries truly bemoan. It doesn't matter that 99% of the population went from ignorant peasants to educated people who can appreciate intellectual and aesthetic pursuits, a few nobles couldn't have their shitty dances and lavish palaces all to themselves anymore, so CULTURE WAS LITERALLY DESTROYED!!11 You'd have to be completely ignorant of history and reality to say "socialism is anti-culture", or be a lying reactionary who by "culture" means "when you praise Jesus and kill nigs". It's especially annoying to hear this from Russian right-wing zoomers who know nothing but fortnite and low-brow americanized tv entertainment, and somehow blame socialism for this state of affairs instead of capitalist restoration.
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>>898324 >The majority of written literature does not exist online in archived or other format. Yearly reminder there are no technological reasons you can't have every book, movie, tv show, scientific paper, music recording etc etc right now at your fingertips for free if you are reading this post only the political economy and current law prevents this
>>898375 > no technological reasons Which is the point. The USSR was very well read and produced literature in massive quantities for low prices.
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>Why did the gas chamber doors have hinges that turned inward when bodies would pile up against the door as people tried to force their way out of the only egress point? Why were they made of wood Well since the Jews are on the inside of the gas chamber, and they panic and rush the doors, then they can't swing them open. That's why all exits for buildings larger than homes have doors that swing outside. Also push bars, so the force of the crowd would push them open. The Chambers were generally not made of wood. >Why were the Russians the only ones to ever find a "death camp" The Germans built their death camps on conquered Poland so they wouldn't have to import Jews in Germany, they wouldn't have to soil German soil with millions of dead bodies, and because it would be convenient for when they ran out of Jews and started gassing Poles. Kind of like how the United States builds it torture camps in Cuba and Iraq. >Why did the Nazi's kill in such convoluted ways when a bullet to the brain stem costs pennies? Gas was cheaper and faster while bullets were needed for combat. They even tried gassing by carbon monoxide poisoning from running truck engines, but zyklon B was cheaper still. However majority of Holocaust executions still involved gun-based executions by the Einsatzgruppen. >modern crematories can't even reach a fraction of that capacity taking 2.5 hours per body and how can so many be done over a short 2 year period Modern crematoria are designed to cremate individual bodies and return their ashes to their families, as opposed to the mass burning of large number of bodies. Now a question to pose to Holocaust Deniers, why was no actual Nazi a Holocaust denier during and after the war? This one simple fact shows that most of what modern deniers try to claim is a silly contrivance. From 1945 onwards, thousands of Nazis were captured and hundreds tried for their part in the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. They tried to pretend they were someone else, they tried to pretend they didn't know what was happening, they tried to pretend they didn't have as much to do with it as others, they tried to claim they were just following orders and they tried to justify it as "the kind of thing that happens in war." But what they did NOT do was DENY it happened. Even men on trial for their lives, in the full knowledge they would be hanged if convicted, never stood up in the courtroom and shouted "This is all a lie! This is a fabrication! There were no gas chambers and no crematoria! I'M BEING FRAMED!!!!" On the contrary, they gave great detail as to precisely how they had helped build and helped run the mechanics of mass murder, some of them even seeming proud of how they had achieved something so complex and on such a vast scale.
>>194067 Communism is when taxes is probably the worst one I've heard
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>>194067 >most retarded anticommunist "arguments" <communism is sinful Rather obvious isn't it, still makes my brain rot and stomach churn just typing this out

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