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Post Copy pastas, videos and books which debunk common Fascist, Liberal talking points which are repeated often.
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Aleksander Dugin delivered his "Special Operation" effort today… smile, the world is better.

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A list of reading groups and their schedules that have chosen to advertise themselves here. Take a minute to check them out. If you would like to promote your reading group, feel free to leave a comment telling people where they can go.

>>5912 /read/

>>6162 Continental Floppa
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I really like the picture in OP. More like it plz.

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Hello comrades. I propose a general thread in an attempt to get the /edu/ ball rolling again. Everytime you visit /edu/, post in this thread. Tell us about what you're thinking about, what you're reading, an interesting thing you have learned today, anything! Just be sure to pop in and say hi.
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>Yeah comrades(tm) we should all be posting publicly on tictok and Twitter because that's where the cool kids are hanging out these days.



>Leftism(tm) when when you combine exclusionary elitism with irrelevance as a virtue. All while avoiding discomfort inducing wrongthink


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Post video recordings of lectures and announcements for online lectures.

>inb4 schitzos like peterson or other rightwingers

this is /leftypol/ faggot
>inb4 Richard D. Wolff
all his lectures i have seen so far are just very basic stuff if you find some more advanced stuff post it

I want to focus this thread on philosophy, history and political economy on an academic level.
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Michael Heinrich: The bourgeois state: class domination on the basis of freedom and equality


The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire by Professor Ellen Meiksins Wood


Visualizing Capital by Professor David Harvey


Ba'athism: Ideology, History, Revolution


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A while back, I wrote a summary of every chapter from Robert Greene's '48 Laws of Power.'

If you haven't read it, I'd highly recommend. These summaries don't do the book justice, since I've stripped away the historical anecdotes and quotes which really make the work come to life. However, I think there are still some interesting tidbits and lessons in these summaries, so I thought I'd share.
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From Robert Greene:

>"Necessity rules the world. People rarely act unless compelled to. If you create no need for yourself, then you will be done away with at first opportunity."

>"No one will come to depend on you if they are already strong. If you are ambitious, it is much wiser to seek out weak rulers or masters with whom you can create a relationship of dependency. You become their strength, their intelligence, their spine. What power you hold! If they got rid of you the whole edifice would collapse."

>"Do not be one of the many who mistakenly believed that the ultimate form of power is independence. Power involves a relationship between people, you will always need others as allies, pawns, or even as weak masters who serves as your front. The completely independent man would live in a cabin in the woods– he would have the freedom to come and go as he pleased, but he would have no power. The best you can hope for is that others grow so dependent on you that you enjoy a kind of reverse independence. Their need for you frees you."

What utility do you have? In what way do you serve the interests of others? Why should people keep you in their life?

If you don't know, then you're in a perilous position.

People are inherently greedy. We rarely tolerate the company of others unless we believe they benefit us. Take this into account. Find ways to serve people's interests better than anyone else.
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From Robert Greene:

>"An act of kindness, generosity, or honesty is often the most powerful form of distraction because it disarms from others suspicions."

>"Learn to give before you take. It softens the ground, takes the bite out of a future request, or simply creates a distraction."

>"Honesty is one of the best ways to disarm the weary, but it is not the only one. Any kind of noble, apparently selfless act will serve. Perhaps the best such act, though, is one of generosity. Few people can resist a gift, even from the most hardened enemy. Which is why it is often the perfect way to disarm people. Although we often view other people's actions in the most cynical light, we rarely see the Machiavellian elements of a gift, which quite often hides ulterior motives. A gift is the perfect object in which to hide a deceptive move."

Even when we know someone ‘buttering us up' with compliments or a gift, it is a hard to resist letting our guards down. When someone acts with apparent (even superficial) generosity, we naturally feel as though they respect the effort entailed in fulfilling their upcoming request.

Use to learn this law to your favor.

At the start of an interview or oral examination however, deliver a compliment to those judging you.
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From Robert Greene:

>"Uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion."

>"In the end, most people are in fact pragmatic. They will rarely act against their own self-interest."

>"There is an art to asking for help, and art that depends on your ability to understand the person you are dealing with, and not to confuse your needs with theirs."

>"Do not be subtle: you have valuable knowledge to share, and you will fill his coffers with gold, you will make him live longer and happier. This is a language that all of us speak and understand."

>"Self-interest is the lever that will move people. Once you make them see how you can in some way meet their needs or advance their cause, the resistance to your request for help will magically fall away."

Everyone values different things, but they fall into a few categories. Security, excitement, significance, personal connection, growth, and contribution often top people's list of needs.
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From Robert Greene

>"In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions. There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying."

>"A friendly front will let you secretly gather information on friends and enemies alike."

>"Emphasize friendly chatter, not valuable information. Your search for gems of information cannot be too obvious, or your probing questions will reveal more about yourself and your intentions than about the information you hope to find."

>"Another method of indirect spying is to test people, to lay little traps that make them reveal things about themselves…. By tempting people into certain acts, you learn about their loyalty, their honesty, and so on and this kind of knowledge is often the most valuable all: armed with it, you can predict their actions in the future."

Law 14 is another reason to be weary of friends. The intimate knowledge they accumulate can be used against you at any time.

Use this law to your advantage. Guard yourself from the danger posed by friends (true and false alike) while learning to use a friendly charm to glean information.
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From Robert Greene:

>"Your enemies wish you ill. There is nothing they want more than to eliminate you. If, in your struggles with them, you stop halfway or even three-quarters of the way, out of mercy or hope of reconciliation, you will only make them more determined, more embittered, and they will someday take revenge. They may act friendly for the time being, but this is only because you have defeated them."

>"The solution is to have no mercy. Crush your enemies as totally as they would crush you."

>"The goal of total victory is an axiom of modern warfare…..The goal of power is to control your enemies completely to make them obey your will. You cannot afford to go halfway."

>"There will be people you cannot win over, who will remain your enemies no matter what. But whatever wounds you inflict on them, deliberately or not, do not take their hatred personally – just recognize that there is no possibility for a peace between you, especially as long as you stay in power."

In cases where you can not win enemies over, you must destroy them completely.

Do not be foolish enough to believe they will quietly accept a partial defeat. Given enough time, they will plot for revenge and seek out opportunities to undermine your power.
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i absolutely, love, classical art. I mostly blame this on my love for the resident evil series which introduced me to tons of classic oil canvas art.

anyways, can we have an art dump? I'll start with virgin and 4 angles.
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What's the name?


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A still life with fruit, dead game, and a parrot.



Holofernes had been dispatched by Nebuchadnezzar to take vengeance on Israel, which had withheld assistance in his most recent war. Having occupied every country along the coastline, Holofernes destroyed all worship of gods other than Nebuchadnezzar. Holofernes was warned against attacking the Jewish people by Achior, the leader of the Ammonites; however, he laid siege regardless to the city of Bethulia, commonly believed to be Meselieh. The city almost fell to the invading army; Holofernes' advance stopped the water supply to Bethulia, leading to its people encouraging their rulers to give in to Holofernes' demands. The leaders vowed to surrender if no help arrived within five days.[1] Bethulia was saved by Judith, a Hebrew widow, who entered the camp of Holofernes, seduced him, and got him drunk before beheading him. Judith returned to Bethulia with the severed head of Holofernes, having defeated the army.

Hebrew versions of the tale in the Megillat Antiochus and the Chronicles of Jerahmeel identify "Holofernes" as Nicanor; the Greek version used "Holofernes" as deliberately cryptic substitute, similarly using "Nebuchadnezzar" for Antiochus.

Holofernes is depicted in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Monk's Tale in The Canterbury Tales, and in Dante's Purgatorio (where Holofernes is to be found on the Terrace of Pride as an example of "pride cast down", XII.58–60). As a painter's subject he offers the chance to contrast the flesh and jewels of a beautiful, festively attired woman with the grisly head of the victim, a deuterocanonical parallel to the Yael sequence in the Hebrew Bible, as well as the New Testament vignette of Salome with the head of John the Baptist.


St. Michael by Raphael

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I have been never exposed to philosophy out of religion, but I beated the religion with thinking,
I want to learn from zero to all the way into marx, make a reading road for me
>pic unrelated
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Imagine reading Manufacturing Consent instead of Inventing Reality


just noticed you have Erich Fromm on there fucking based


This is a very poor beginners guides. Some of these materials like Cockshott's work are very alienating for new people. I'd recommend "Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course" by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) instead which you can find on foreignlanguages.press


Not sure on the quality of this but it's from a Marxist and not a /pol/tard, Marx is covered. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y8_RRaZW5X3xwztjZ4p0XeRplqebYwpmuNNpaN_TkgM/mobilebasic?pli=1


Also it's just western philosophy.

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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 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 think everyone who is interested in math should study linear algebra algebraically so that they can know duality (by studying dual space), Erlangen program and the foundation of non-Euclidean geometry (by studying bilinear forms), Lie groups (by studying classical groups), representation theory (by noting that S_n is isomorphic to the group of permutation matrices so that every finite group is isomorphic to a matrix group.), etc. Of course it could be challenging but it would give them more mathematical maturity than randomly studying tons of other fields.


I would just use Rudin's PMA but if I have to choose one of them, I would choose Tao. It reminds me Spivak's calculus.


>Is Elements good?
It is really good for your free time. For a degree, it is useless.
Some parts of Elements are really mind blowing. For example, he understands number theory by geometry. For him, the number '1' is the same as a segment of which the length is 1, "a divides b" means one can measure a segment 'b' by a segment 'a' so that the greatest common divisor means the greatest common measure by which one can measure both 'a' and 'b', etc.


Category theory is a must if you are into some fields like algebraic geometry, number theory, topology, etc. In those fields, people use it more than set theory.
The power of category theory comes from its relativism, generality, intertwining many fields into one. Unlike set theory, you can map topological spaces to groups, their homeomorphisms to homomorphisms in category theory. Of course you can do like that with any other mathematical objects. And you can build a category theory without objects (in fact, the identity morphisms are sufficient to replace all the objects) so you can get all the property of objects not from the objects themselves but only from their relations. Thus you can get result by only drawing some diagrams. This is called "Abstract nonsense" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_nonsense).


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I want to learn why, when logical paradoxes exist, we can be certain proven facts are true and not logical paradoxes. I have An Introduction To Formal Logic (attached) and A Modern Formal Logic Primer (https://tellerprimer.ucdavis.edu/); will these help me? If not, what can help me?

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