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Could we have a reading group dedicated to critiquing this book? Despite being reactionary, it flows quite well in a way that makes it pleasant to read(and for our purposes, that's not ideal), so constructing a solid case against the interpretations it makes in each chapter would be helpful for future anons(and our comrades in the "right wing blood sport" thread), no?


I would join but I just don't have the time cause of work. I mean my critique is really just an outright rejection of this type of historical analysis in favor of a Marxist analysis that involves the rise and fall of industrial society and slavery pre industrial revolution.

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Once you've spent 6 or 7 years sperging out on far left literature, it begins to get stale. There is little else to gain from reading another monotonous tract, and you begin to realize that you're not missing one key insight that will lead to the right theory which will suddenly unlock everything.

In fact, it's safe to say that sticking with the classical communist cannon and its adjacents, even when you go quite deep, is limiting. You're effectively missing out on a wider world of perspectives.

Obviously, most books are useless trash. But there are a few which combine three important factors - being fun to read, being influencial, and offering somewhat impactful and practical ideas - which are recommendable, even to the stodgiest of Leftists.

Here's my top picks and some additional recommendations.
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>The left often fails to realize the most important 'political implication' of business: it is competitive and forces those engaging in it to be practical. There are only two outcomes: growth and success; or losing market share and failing.
The most competitive companies in the capitalist system are not the ones that make the best product for the lowest price, the winning strategy is sabotaging the competition and entrenching a monopoly.

What do you want the left to learn from this?



How about, stop making a virtue out of losing?


Sure loosing as a virtue is bad, but the method of winning that monopolies use have the side effect of causing inefficient use of material resources and labor-power. Most monopolies make too expensive mediocre good enough products. We want an economy that operates as close as possible to an optimal cost-benefit ratio.


>Sure losing isn't a virtue, but I'm still going to act like it is because I don't like the winners.

What you want is inconsequential so long as you lose.


just get rid of interest rates bro. im serious btw

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>All emotions come from within.

You can't always control the external words, but you can control your emotional response to it. Focus on what you can control - namely, yourself. Conversely, if you can control someone else's emotions, you control them. Maintain emotional independence at all costs.

>Bravery and courage are the most important virtues.

Courage isn't absence of fear. Rather, it is action in the face of fear. Most of your problems would be solved if you'd be less of a pussy.

>Develop a bias toward action.

With limited exception, passivity will get you nowhere. Action and movement, on the other hand, will grant you the ability to overcome obstacles. You are not your feelings. You are no your thoughts. You are what you do. Pour energy into taking action on the things you can control. Stop talking or caring so much about things outside your control. The former makes you stronger and more capable. The latter makes you weak and a victim.

>The end or goal doesn't matter as much as practice.

A person who strongly desires to be fit but never exercises won't get fit. Conversely, a person with no particular goal yet who nonetheless exercises daily will reap the reward of fitness.
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BAPist Leninist here. Based insight


Contemporary stoicism is a liberal cope
Epicurean chads rise up


Aren't we just all coping through capitalism?


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You're right anon, and communism is the ultimate cope


'nations are born stoic and die epicurean'

- Comrade Will Durant

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Can anyone recommend me a good book about the 1932-1933 soviet famine? I am honestly not a communist so I am not inclined to defend/condemn Stalin, but I am interested if someone can offer me a neutral book on the subject.
Because from what I've read, many popular books on the subject are complete crap (see link)


There was a book that I forgot called 100 year anniversary of the bolshevik revolution, or, something that talks about why and how the narrative is a bit of bullshit and how the numbers were severely inflated by sources like the black book of communism. People basically just hate communism (wonder why) and so they want to smear it. Sorry I can't actually remember the name of the book anon.


"Years of Hunger: Soviet Agriculture; 1931-1933"


The way its portrayed historically is pretty much bullshit.

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Let's debunk muh holocaust revishunism with FACTS & LOGIC.

Articles, books, infographs everythings is welcomed.
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Why does the holocaust matter? Fascism is inferior on an ideological plane prior to any 'sins' of deed.


>Why does the most horrific and large scale genocide matter lol?
<Why does history matter!?
<Why do real life issues of fascism matter!?
Imagine being this much of a retard


Dont care didnt read didnt happen


At least you're sincere when it comes to admitting your immunity to reason


David Cole is now selling his old revisionist shit in auction. Who's gonna bid, m8s?

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Any places or youtube channels where audiobooks are available? I found a few audiobooks on youtube but those aren't enough.


Librevox has a whole ass youtube channel. It's where I first read the communist manifesto, actually.


Thank you. I'm open to book recommendations as well, particularly written by Lenin.




state and revolution


Thank you. I started listening to it. So far quite good.
Not going bothered with those. Knowledge must be free for everyone.

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Post Military, Insurgency, General warfare and Military history and Insurgency history books and miscellaneous guides, preferably in pdf format, ZIP Files or torrents of these would also be apricated
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>He was willing to acknowledge his own (and his fellow Bolsheviks) lack of qualification (and also noting that elected officers were not a great idea) and hence left field command to the 'experts' essentially.

This lack of idealism fill my heart with joy;


very cool
interesting, and yes >>6813 I've often believed even i my own life, if the goal needs a certain objective achieved, get the best person to use their skills to achieve it and put one's personal ego aside

probably how while I've not recieved many promotions in my life, I've always been able to get a better job or more compensation for less work via "this dude is chill and helps be do the thing I like doing, let's hire him/give him more days off"







Are there any current year protesting guides? Arab Spring, Ukraine, Chile, Hong Kong x2 happened in past 10 years. Btw, posting the best one :^)

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Did the Cambodian Genocide happen? Is picrel true or full of shit? If it happened, was it justified? Was Chomsky right to deny it at the time? Will this OP reach 200 chars? So many questions, so few answers.


I can't speak of Pol Pot's "achievements" and whether he's worth defending or not, but Michael Vickery is legit and anticommunists have certainly inflated the death toll while trying to whitewash the damage they themselves caused in Indochina.




vickery is an anticommunist too

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Who this dude
Mexican Revolution seems so big with a lot of alliances and shit

Who were /ourguys/?


He is, or was, Emiliano Zapata, the leader of the Southern Revolutionary Army. He lead mostly an army of peasants and workers in the southern part of Mexico, mainly in chiapas and Oaxaca.
If you ever heard the slogan "Land and Liberty" it was actually made by him, or his army. Also he was pretty based as far as I know, he wanted to redistribute land and end thw cacique and hacienda system, which was like slavery but with extra steps.

He was murdered by the carrancista army and the southern revolutionary army disbanded along, this was due a buncj lf factors, mainly because Carranza wanted to consolidate its power after the Decena Tragica, in which Francisco I. Madero was also murdered, by I cant quite remembrr his name.

At the end, the murder of Zapata and Villa left the revolution under control of the carranzista forces.


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>Who were /ourguys/?
Duckduckgo Ricardo Flores Magon


Magon was more of an anarchist of I am not mistaken. But he was pretty based actually :^).

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On Friday, 2021-10-29, at 21:30 EDT and 18:30 PDT, a friend and I will be reading "Abolition of Work" by Bob Black[1]. We last read "Civil Disobedience" by Thoreau and criticized it from leftist perspectives.
What is the best platform for hosting the discussion on to share it with leftychan? We're currently using Discord[2] because it has less problems than Zoom/Facebook/Google but has better moderation tools than Jitsi Meet. Discord is also more accessible for "the general public" than Matrix, etc.
Also just generally paging for interest I guess

[1] - https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/bob-black-the-abolition-of-work
[2] - https://discord.gg/7JG3Usr6Jv

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