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There's been alot of talk lately of Metaphysics and Idealism as bad andf wrong
Contrary to Materialism and Dialectics which is the right method worldview etc
But I got the feeling alot of people use Idealism and Metaphysics interchangable without really understanding both
So I want to start a constructive discussion about these things
I'll start with a quote
The two basic (or two possible? or two historically observable?) conceptions of development (evolution) are: development as decrease and increase, as repetition, and development as a unity of opposites (the division of a unity into mutually exclusive opposites and their reciprocal relation)The two basic (or two possible? or two historically observable?) conceptions of development (evolution) are: development as decrease and increase, as repetition, and development as a unity of opposites (the division of a unity into mutually exclusive opposites and their reciprocal relation)
The metaphysical or vulgar evolutionist world outlook sees things as isolated, static and one-sided. It regards all things in the universe, their forms and their species, as eternally isolated from one another and immutable. Such change as there is can only be an increase or decrease in quantity or a change of place. Moreover, the cause of such an increase or decrease or change of place is not inside things but outside them, that is, the motive force is external. Metaphysicians hold that all the different kinds of things in the universe and all their characteristics have been the same ever since they first came into being. All subsequent changes have simply been increases or decreases in quantity. They contend that a thing can only keep on repeating itself as the same kind of thing and cannot change into anything different.
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Wasnt trying to be rude or anything just wanted to make a point about what vulgar evolutionism means


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Are they right?


Ye. Most of dialectical materialism is about ironing out the inconsistencies of Hegel in his Philosophy of Right


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What about this?


There is definitly a difference between materialism and idealism
trying to find a middle point between both doesnt work with Hegel or Marx
Lenin called this out as dumb

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Did the Renaissance change art only for the better?

For example, are there any negative things to say about the way music evolved during that period?

All I hear and read about Renaissance art (hell, anything to do with the period, for that matter) are positive things or at least it's talked about in a positive light. Zero criticisms of it whatsoever.


Kant and Heidegger critique Renaissance philosophy if that’s something you’re looking for

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This thread is for us NEETS to help each other and give tips to aspiring NEETS
For example how to get NEET buxs
How to cope with the mental consequences of beeing a NEET
how to overcome the creeping loneliness and slow mental declince
How to occupy yourself during these long boring lonely nights
I'll start I really love nightwalking the night time is my only possibility to get out of my room without having to cope with the anxiety that comes with going outside
So that really gives me the possibility to get some fresh air and exercise without stressing myself out
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Even when translated they aren't the same. NEET is just a fancy term for someone who's unemployed and doesn't go to school either, while hikkis/shut-ins are a serious psychological issue.

If you're a NEET and you don't spend all your day in front of a computer then I applaud (and envy) you.


Not every hikki suffers from serious psychological issues though; some start out as freeters. Similar to this anon >>5177 I've been a NEET for nearly three years. Early on my neighbors once called me a vampire because they only ever saw me leave the house at night. Since the pandemic-driven lockdowns began that's become much less frequent, though (my 24/hr Wal-Mart started closing at 11pm everyday). Other than that, I've spent most days sitting in front of my computer; I'm basically a shut-in. My family has a history of attention deficit disorders but the last time I tried applying to the health insurance marketplace I was offered super unreasonable rates.


Are there any major differences of characteristics between urban and suburban, over the patterns of hikikomori or NEETs? The latter seems like it'd be far more alienating, suburbia being already very atomized. How many NEETs are residing in cities anyways compared to suburban or rural areas?


pretty sure both words come from Japan


Nah it's from UK and then spread to Asia for some reason.

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spoonfeed me books on learning mandarin


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Has anyone read this book or knows something about it?
I heard about it some time ago and read a small part of it about bipolar disorder. It sounded fascinating but for some reason the book costs like 80 bucks so I cant afford. Is anyone able to provide a pdf or knows a place where one could get the book cheaper?


Have you tried libgen?


Not that anon, but I just checked and it is on libgen. Looks very interesting.
> An essential issue here is the continuing contested nature of “mental illness,” for there remains no proof that any “mental disorder” is a real, observable disease. Consequently, the “experts” still cannot distinguish the mentally ill from the mentally healthy. In fact, a recent attempt by the APA—the most powerful psychiatric body in the world—to defi ne mental illness was bluntly described by one of their most senior fi gures as “bullshit” (see discussion below). Accordingly, it also follows that no “treatment” has been shown to work on any specifi c “mental illness” and that there is no known causation for any disor-der.


kek, abandoning Freud wasn't enough to gain status of empirical science I see


Found it thx
I'm gonna read it and make an effortpost here

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I have a mate who's an Eastern European. He perceives himself as "self-made" because he escaped from childhood poverty in the 90s and he thinks other people could do the same if they "really" wanted. He also hates BLM because "African Americans have it better than any ex-USSR Slav just because they live in the US."

He's not a hardline right-winger, but a "classical liberal" who thinks it's meritocracy out there and laissez faire is cool and good for "resource distribution", while governments are obstructive and corrupt. He is open to learning, but I struggle to offer anything coherent beyond "read these 20 transcripts of the episodes of Citations Needed".

Please share some medium-sized books on:

1. How poverty kneecaps people on every level and becomes a vicious circle;

2. How the US keeps segregating and repressing its black population even after the Civil Rights movement (he's against slavery but thinks Black Americans could do better "if they wanted" because Slavs also had it bad a century ago);


For the memes Sakai, but there's Prejudential, and also plenty of books on how blacks were denied houses or driven out of places.

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how big is the skill gap between genre fiction and literary fiction? are there genre fiction writers who are equally as good as literary fiction authors?
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Whats the difference? Asking as a brainlet


Literary Fiction is designed to be more inventive in its style and use of language and maybe use a lot more big literary words, Genre fiction is more like lowest common denominator stuff like generic Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Romance.


What about Tolkien and other sci-fi giants like Herbert, Asimov, Arthur Clarke, or William Gibson? I wouldn't consider them lowest common denominator, and they seem pretty well respected.


Yes but it's still genre fiction in the end
Genre implies that something is expected, the most concise example of this is comedy, when you go to something that is supposed to be a comedy you expect it to be funny but what's funny changes according to culture and era but the genre label of comedy persists because that's the label for this specific thing.
Literary fiction is a recent term to hold all fiction that doesn't really fall into a genre but most people that go for it expects it to be fiction written for art's sake.
You can have sci fi that is well written and really deep but in the end it's still sci fi and your attempt to make it more literary will only alienate either audience.


Genre follows a given formula, which tends to make it less intellectual. There is, however, an art to the crafting of even formulaic works, the formula itself being an artistic subject. Genre writers have, on occasion, developed literary devices that later writers have found useful like Ian Fleming's "Fleming Sweep" or Elmore Leonard's rule: "If it looks like writing, I rewrite it." Elmore Leonard in particular was often refered to as the genre writer who serious writers take seriously.

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I just finished uploading scans of Andrew Hemingway's Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956 to the internet archive and thought some of you might appreciate it.

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muy basado


Cool stuff comrade, but I somehow thought you meant Ernest Hemmingway. Though if I remember correctly, Ernest was a Leftist too?


>Though if I remember correctly, Ernest was a Leftist too?
He was but as far as I know he never explicitly supported the clandestine communist movement at the time. Like most people in orbit of CPUSA's mass organizations, he could best be described as a fellow traveler.


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As for Andrew Hemingway, he's written extensively on British and American Art. If anyone is interested in developments in Social Realism or American Modernism in general (concurrent with the rise of Abstract Expressionism; more specifically with regards to CPUSA's approach to 'revolutionary' or proletarian art and lack of coherent cultural program before, during and after the Great Depression) then they'll find that book of great reference. Hemingway has continued writing on the themes discussed therein. In 2013 he published a book with Periscope Publishing titled The Mysticism of Money: Precisionist Painting and Machine Age America (which I may scan at some point as I actually own a copy). Additionally, he's published a few articles: one in Wiley-Blackwell's 2015 A Companion to American Art and the other in a 2016 issue of Kunst und Politik respectively, both of which I've attached to this post.


Lastly (and I don't mean to shill), if you're interested in his commentary on British Art then check out Brill / Haymarket Books' Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850. I haven't read it yet, but looks good.


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Anyone have those guide to organizing books? I think sage was on here recommending em but cant find the thread
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>not using the dewey decimal classification
what the fuck anon


acorn organising guide and one called no shortcuts


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>acorn organizing guide
this one?


shieeet and naive me at firt thought that this thread was about searching foor books which talk about organizing (workers)


By Author if I have a lot of them, by topic if its a lot of book about a similar subject

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Recommended reading from/on the Black Panther Party and Black Marxists{-Leninists}/Communists and aligned? Also anything stemming from that which was further developed as well. Don't see anything on the board related to it but really wanna dive into lefty perspective from organized Blacks in the U.S.
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Hammer & Hoe is non-panther related but I found it useful for setting up the context for the prior generation of older black southern ML in the 1920s and 30s when the CPUSA was getting started. I highly recommend it or the shorter paper which is a summary of the book. It's a little known piece of history that should be spread.

>I wasn’t prepared for characters such as Lemon Johnson, a former member of the Communist-led Share Croppers Union. In December 1986, I visited Johnson at his home in rural Montgomery County, which I described in my journal as “a tiny, run-down shack with battered wooden walls, a rusted tin roof that had begun to cave in, and a porch stocked with three rickety chairs.” … He told stories about the 1935 cotton pickers’ strike, Stalin’s pledge to send troops to Mobile to help black sharecroppers if things got out of hand, and the night a well-armed group of women set out to avenge their comrades who had been beaten or killed during the strike. When I asked Mr. Johnson how the union succeeded in winning some of their demands, without the slightest hesitation he reached into the drawer of his nightstand and pulled out a dog-eared copy of V. I. Lenin’s What Is to Be Done and a box of shotgun shells, set both firmly on the bed next to me, and said, “Right thar, theory and practice. That’s how we did it. Theory and practice.


Intercommunalism should be mandatory reading for every Marxist Leninist. it's short, simple, and enlightening.


it's by Huey P Newton btw


Not reading, but Black Red Guard on youtube is based


Based as fuck

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