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Hello /leftypol/, we noticed an under-appreciation for the theory that upholds our political ideologies: As such, we have decided to revive the reading sticky! This thread will be dedicated to the sharing, discussing, and general banter about various leftist thinkers, theories, and political outlooks.

But, other than that, we believe there are other important reads that must be addressed, especially, for beginners and those just now getting into leftism.

Don't forget to check out >>>/edu/ for more reading and discussion!

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Common Right Wing Talking Points Debunks
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Check out the /edu/ thread at
https://leftychan.net/edu/res/5576.html

Also see the relevant leftybooru tag
https://lefty.pictures/post/list/debunk/1
Add topics into the tag list to further narrow down your search!


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Introduction to Marxism Reading List - Thanks to the /read/ matrix room (https://app.element.io/#/group/+leftyread:matrix.org)
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Absolute Beginners Tier:

'Principles of Communism' by Friedrich Engels
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm

'Three Source and Theree Component Parts of Marxism' by V.I. Lenin
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/mar/x01.htm

Not a book but Halim Alrah's youtube channel is good for the absolutely basics of Marxism but obviously not a replacement for reading
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGog4JPn5-W3_XIKccENysg

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Marx and Engles Reading List
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Tier 1:

'Manifesto of the Communist Party'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm

'Critique of the Gotha Programme'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/

'Socialism: Utopian and Scientific'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/index.htm

Tier 2:

'Wage Labour and Capital'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/wage-labour/

'Value, Price and Profit'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1865/value-price-profit/

'Theses on Feuerback'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/theses/theses.htm

By this point you should have a good understanding of the basics of Marxism and are ready to branch out to other theorists and also read Capital.

Tier 3:

'Capital vol.1'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/

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Lenin Reading List - By Moo (aka Zizekposter)
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Lenin Essentials:

'State and Revolution'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

'“Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/

'Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/

Petit Bourgeois Philistine Tier:

'What is to be done'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1901/witbd/

'The Proletarian Revolution and Renegade Kautsky'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1918/prrk/

'Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1905/tactics/index.htm

ADHD Tier:

'Socialism and Religion'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1905/dec/03.htm

'Zizek's Introduction to Revolution at the Gates'
https://kabirabud.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/slavoj_zizek_repeating_leninbookfi-org.pdf

'Revolutionary Adventurism'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1902/sep/01.htm

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MLM Reading List
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Essentials:

Why MLM?
https://why-mlm.medium.com/why-mlm-af48aba14f8a

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S01-MLM-Basic-Course-Revised-Edition-10th-Printing.pdf

'Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain'
https://libgen.lc/get.php?md5=a00646f118a3427ec19263021b3e84e1&key=06Q5Q1W5DFK8YOHU&mirr=1

Mao:

'On Practice & Contradiction'
https://marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-1/mswv1_16.htm
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/N04-On-Contradiction-Study-2nd.pdf

'On Guerrilla Warfare'
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/1937/guerrilla-warfare/index.htm

'On Protracted War'
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-2/mswv2_09.htm

China:

'Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village'
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=00F5750256E291B678E2A0039D3CF54E

'Red Star Over China' - Edgar Snow
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=BD54E7C5F9CDE90E30BD0CB5E91F0049

'The Unknown Cultural Revolution' - Dongpin Han
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=2495C43CFA7395ACA45CA812A304A701

Peru:

Interview With Chairman Gonzalo
https://the-red-flag.org/en/central-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-peru-interview-with-chairman-gonzalo/

General line of the PCP
https://gplpcp.wordpress.com/

'Shining Path: Terror and Revolution in Peru' - Simon Strong
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=4FB5D349F9D3250453C5F0525F5890DD

India:

Operation “Green Hunt” in India
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/N08-Operation-Green-Hunt.pdf

Eight Historic Documents (AZAD)
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S18-Historic-Eight-Documents.pdf

'Urban Perspective'
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S14-Urban-Perspective-4th-Printing.pdf

Philippines:

Araling Aktibista - Activist Study ARAK
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/S22-Activist-Study-ARAK-2nd-Printing.pdf

'Stand for Socialism Against Modern Revisionism'
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S07-Stand-for-Socialism-3rd-Printing.pdf

'Philippine Society and Revolution'
https://bannedthought.net/Philippines/CPP/1970s PhilippineSocietyAndRevolution-4ed.pdf

Political Economy:

'Rethinking Socialism' – Deng-yuan Hsu & Pao-yu Ching
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S11-Rethinking-Socialism-4th-Printing.pdf

'China: A Modern Social-Imperialist Power' - CPI(Maoist)
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=F68AC84D480D41A222818D802F3AF7CA
or
https://library.bz/uploads/main/c0105702c9219cf136bdae79008daaa4.epub
or
https://why-mlm.medium.com/china-a-modern-social-imperialist-power-d5ac7a9455f7

'Maoist Economics & the Revolutionary Road to Communism' - The Shanghai Textbook
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=8B44F61D828997487E2FDE607FCF2FEB

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Leftcom Reading Lists
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r/marxism101's reading list:
https://i.imgur.com/s70UUPQ.jpg

r/bruhinternational's reading list:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Bruhinternational/comments/m53hon/official_rbruhinternational_reading_list/

Bordiga:

'The Democratic Principle'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1922/democratic-principle.htm

'Proletarian Dictatorship and Class Party'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1951/class-party.htm

'The Spirit of Horsepower'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1953/horsepower.htm

'Report on Fascism'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1922/bordiga02.htm

'Activism'
https://libcom.org/library/activism-amadeo-bordiga

'The Lyons Theses'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1926/lyons-theses.htm

'Theory and Action in Marxist Doctrine'
https://libcom.org/library/theory-action-marxist-doctrine-amadeo-bordiga

'Dialogue with Stalin'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1952/stalin.htm

Pannekoek:

'World Revolution and Communist Tactics'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1920/communist-tactics.htm

'Party and Class'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1936/party-class.htm

Herman Gorter:

'Open Letter to Comrade Lenin'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/gorter/1920/open-letter.htm

'The World Revolution'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/gorter/1918/world-revolution.htm

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Bookchin Reading Lists - based off of posts by Gorm1918 (pbuh)
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'The Next Revolution'
https://libcom.org/files/Murray%20Bookchin-The%20Next%20Revolution.%20Popular%20Assemblies%20and%20the%20Promise%20of%20Direct%20Democracy-Verso%20(2015).pdf

'Urbanization Without Cities'
http://188.165.199.119/files/Urbanization_Without_Cities_-_Ebook.pdf

'The 3rd Revolution'
https://libcom.org/library/third-revolution-popular-movements-revolutionary-era

'The Ecology of Freedom'
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/murray-bookchin-the-ecology-of-freedom

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Links to Resources and Libraries:
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More Marx and Engels:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/sw/index.htm

Lenin:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/

Other Selected Marxists:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/selected-marxists.htm

Classical Works Recommended To High-Ranking Cadres:
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-8/mswv8_56.htm

Many important books can be found on libgen:
http://gen.lib.rus.ec/

Libcom has some good books/documents:
https://libcom.org/library

Other links:
https://archive.is/L8uFD

Various assortment of historical and biographical works:
https://archive.org/search.php?query=uploader%3A%22kocotosi%40gmail.com%22&sort=-publicdate

The Leftist Bookshelf (4.16 GB, 600+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!QUFQSBja!hPbmmLolJBGwSQ848nncnw
This was originally a torrent but I can't find the link anymore. Its description was: "640 eBooks, mostly in PDF format (a bunch are CHM, DJVU or ePUB), from a revolutionary Leftist viewpoint. The main subjects are politics and philosophy, history, economics, and much much more."

Political Theory (MLM) (2.64 GB, 550+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!4M1FnTgI!CdM8WWjpBC_UHGCJk9AHzA
I found this on reddit years ago (circa 2016) Don't really remember who made it or where it came from, but this is a reading course (politics, philosophy, economics, etc) focused on Maoism. Has many books and articles on the USSR, PRC, Stalin, Mao, etc.

The Anarchist Library (669 MB, 4000+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!gRFkQCLY!5gUkmaubpp_P_yKLZiBJ9Q
This is a complete mirror of the anarchist library with pdfs and epubs

Little Bunker of Marxism-Leninism (680 MB, 100+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!0QtCiI7L!MJZJk-SdjyBuBZOuNJuOPQ
Unfinished project focused on M-L with more than 100 books on several topics like history, economics, politics, etc. Lots of stuff on the USSR.

Historical Materialism series (330 MB, 100+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!9IkymYBZ!B8vB2yDP0Qv_-DPS2ro-HA
A pdf archive of over 100 books from the Historical Materialism book series. I got this from thecharnelhouse.org years ago and the website had released many marxist books from other publishers but unfortunately it's been taken down.

/leftypol/ with a slash of liberty (239 MB, 100+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!sFMQXJ6J!JboByVCZScC6Jq2YXE0Exw
I didn't make this, just reuploading it. This is a classic /leftypol/ link, marxist stuff mixed with anarchism.

Marx & Engels Collected Works (900+ MB, 50 files)
https://mega.nz/#F!BJEmkQiZ!vylIbCWFrqIeYaLiuN2szg
The official, complete works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels organized in 50 volumes and 3 categories.
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 No.459517

>>456378
>NT kernel
sounds pretty gay unless he's into penetration testing tbh fam
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 No.459937

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>>285223
What a load of pathetic garbage. You commies sure are a bunch of loser squares. No one wants to read this irrelevant trifle. The authors of almost all renowned communist literature lived in a completely different economic system to ours, in ancient unfamiliar times. It's worse than the Bible. It's an impediment to leftism.
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 No.459948

>>459937
>Jesus Christ look at all the words
lel
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 No.460048

File: 1667398158427.pdf ( 3.88 MB , 232x300 , The Future Is Degrowth.pdf )

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 No.460091

>>459517
Now he's into algae and how it can be made into fuel efficiently.
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 No.460436

Does something like a Hershey's Kiss really never incur as much labor as a pencil? This is a really specific question that might be unanswerable, but that's something surprising to me.
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 No.461067

>>460436
Between mining, processing and transporting graphite, cutting, milling, and treating wood, the paint and all that goes into making that, synthesizing the rubber for the eraser, producing and punching out the alloy that forms the little metal bit that holds the eraser in place, and doing everything that is involved in packaging and distributing the finished product, yeah, I imagine that the pencil contaims more socially necessasry labor time.
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 No.461796

What the fuck is with liberals and making this pseudo-racism argument about cops in saying that "you can't make mass judgments about every cop because there are a few bad ones. What if I did that to your group?"

I could say "I ain't choose my skin color, they chose their profession," but that feels insufficient. Is it?
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 No.461800

>>461796
A better response would be, "if most of them were good, then there would not be any bad ones."
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 No.465122

>>461796
Most don't really choose their profession either per se.
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 No.466233

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>>444448
heck yeah火炎焱燚, America is the only thing holding/forcing capitalism worldwide.
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 No.466775

Hello, commies! My brain came to the conclusion that I must read commie propaganda. But being a slothful person, reading long books is not my goal in life. So I was wondering: what are good, short commie books? I am currently reading the red book, then I will read the manifest of the commie party and then I will read a book by rosa luxemburg which I can't find in english (un po' di compassione). Anything else, around the 100 pages?
>>461796
Cops are trained to be evil, because criminals are (very often) not cooperative people.
I had to interact with cops very often during my youth, and I can tell you that they are meant to act assertive toward the fellon, while condescending toward the victim.
Someone who is not able to pull off such a masquerade would not become a policeman. Someone who can't scream "FBI OPEN UP" effectively will not become an FBI agent.
The only counterargument you can present is that they must do a quiz before becoming a policeman, where they are "tested" on the topic of morality. Other than the fact that these tests are flawed because they are multiple choice quizzes, the interaction with the culprit is, as I said, preferred to as raw as possible.
If you wanna read more:
https://harvardlawreview.org/2015/04/law-enforcements-warrior-problem/
https://www.jstor.org/stable/42909744
TL;DR cops are trained to act as good people only toward good people.
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 No.468850

>>466775
Apart from the Marx & Engels Reading List above, I don't really know what to tell you.
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 No.469910

File: 1686091835166.pdf ( 1.74 MB , 67x118 , Israel and Zionism.pdf )

Here's a complete take down of Zionism and Jewish Supremacist Elitism.
It took me forever to finish that bibliography, so when debating Zionazis and their Supremacist lackies, you better be referring back to it.
Now I've down Jewish Supremacism and Zionism, I'll be balanced and work on Islamism next. I am the last standing autistic warrior of 2000s Neo-Atheism.
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 No.469911

>>469910
Started reading this after you posted, it's quite shocking. I knew that Israel was extremely brutal towards Palestinians, but i didn't know about the internal brutality in their society. Like having a popular children's game about daring to get run over by cars.
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 No.471709

I'm working on the (seemingly) first Spanish translation to Blackshirts and Reds, I'll make an audiobook version too once it's completed. What would you recommend to put it out there so it gets read and doesn't get lost?
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 No.471710

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>>471709
Nice

I don't know what license this has.

sites that host public domain license material
https://www.gutenberg.org/
https://archive.org/
https://www.hathitrust.org/
https://standardebooks.org/
https://librivox.org/
http://www.loyalbooks.com/ (lacks network encryption, your isp can see what you do on that site)
https://www.openculture.com
https://www.overdrive.com/

You can upload any text based book to Library genesis.
http://libgen.rs
check this https://librarygenesis.net/ if the above domain doesn't work
If you have a shitty government, probably don't upload from your home internet connection to that site unless you use tor or a decent vpn like mullvad, don't get me wrong the site is great, but they don't censor any books which doesn't make them very popular with shitty governments

obviously you can also upload the audio book on video and audio streaming sites

relatively open platforms
https://peertube.tv/
https://odysee.com/
https://rumble.com/
https://open-video.org/
https://d.tube/
https://www.bitchute.com/

more cooperate platforms
https://www.Youtube.com
https://www.audacy.com/ (doesn't work in the EU)
https://open.spotify.com/ (might have malicious DRM shenanigans)

There's always torrent sites too, you can use those even if you don't have a peg-leg, eye-patch and parrot.
The Pirate Bay (TPB)
RARBG (died a few months ago, it spawned replaced sites but, you gotta be "in the scene" to know which ones are legit)
1337x
LimeTorrents
TorrentDownloads
Torrentz2
YTS
EZTV
TorLock
TorrentGalaxy
copy past these terms into https://searx.fmac.xyz to find the sites
If you go that route maybe ask somebody else how best to do this, my torrent knowhow is perhaps a bit too rusty to give good advice.
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 No.471719

>>471710
Amazing, thanks for the pointers.
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 No.473099

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Any reading guides or just recommendations for DPRK stuff? Could be anything and everything really; actual juche ideology, history, architecture, daily life, inner workings of the state, etc. I just want to learn more about North Korea
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 No.473158

>>473145
Quit spamming every thread with your desert fairy tales bullshit.
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 No.474908

>>473158 Your gonna burn in Hell, you probably think its okay to be a faggot.
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 No.474915

>>474908
theres probably more gay christians than gay communists
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 No.474938

>>473099
Fundamentals of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism, DPRK: Seven Decades of Creation and Changes, On Nationalism, Complete Exposition of the Principles of the Juche Idea are all great reads relating to the DPRK
Also if you want good documentaries Pyongyang Today, My Brothers and Sisters in the North are good starters
Some links
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLegd4KP36a0Y775Xl_HI_tvDKB6qoxPrx
https://bannedthought.net/Korea-DPRK/index.htm
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 No.480748

>>480742
interesting docu thx for posting it
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 No.482555

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Any good historical books about how Communists obtained power in the past? I got John Reed's Ten Days just recently on a whim, but he doesn't really go over how the Soviets formed. I want to know more about how soviets and such were built up from nothing, to perhaps draw parallels with how power can be obtained today
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 No.482557

>>482555
Does Trotsky cover it at all in his History of the Russian Revolution?
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 No.482772

I swear to god it says:
>The new value actually created in the process, the value produced, or the value-product, is therefore not the same as the value of the product;
On page 181 of Capital Volume 1, by Karl Marx

Leftism is retarded because our books are unreadable.
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 No.482773

>>482772
>Leftism is retarded because our books are unreadable.
They're unreadable on purpose. The author is gaslighting you into thinking you are too stupid to understand the profound insights of the text. So everybody pretends they understand it to avoid looking stupid infront of their peers.
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 No.482774

>>482772
There is value in the machines for producing products, some of that value rubs off. Meaning that some value is transferred from the machine to the product.

Therefore the value of the finished product is the value that was added during production by labor, plus the rubb-off-value the product gets from the machine.

The workers that produce the machines indirectly add value to the products that are produced with the machines. Other workers using the machines to produce stuff add some extra value to it later.

It's part of marx's argument for why capital does not generate value by it self.

In modern economic speak, you'd say
<the manufacturing value-add is not the same as the nominal market-value.
Which in my humble opinion is even more obtuse.

>>482773
>They're unreadable on purpose.
No Marx wrote in the 1800s, his stuff was comprehensible to normal people of that era.
His style is harder to read with modern sensibilities, but it's still better than anything in mainstream economics.

>So everybody pretends they understand

This is not hard to understand, value is added to products in multiple steps, therefore the value added in one step is not the total value of the product. I grant you that it could be worded a lot better.
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 No.482775

>>482774
>This is not hard to understand, value is added to products in multiple steps, therefore the value added in one step is not the total value of the product.
Writing it out clearly like this just exposes the bullshit. Because "value" is not a property of the product itself. That's why you pay $200 for a futanari my little pony doll and I would throw it in the trash. The doll doesn't magically change value between the time you see it and I see it. The "value" was never a property of the doll in the first place.
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 No.482780

>>482775
The Value theory you are trying to promote is called subjective value theory and it doesn't agree with reality.

Also you have an odd taste, Pony dolls ?
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 No.482781

>>482780
>it doesn't agree with reality.
You forgot to make an argument. Just saying it doesn't make it true.

Value is not created by labor value is assigned by individuals. This is proved by the fact that different people buy different things. And different people bid different amounts on the same thing at auctions. A bottle of water is worth $1 in the store and $1,000,000 in the desert. A gamergirl can sell her bathwater for hundreds of dollars and it required zero labor to create. If you own a car and move to new york where parking is very expensive you might pay somebody to take it off your hands. Do I need to go on?
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 No.482783

>>482781
You're a retard if you don't agree with the labour theory of value, I don't know what else to say. Educate yourself or fuck off.
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 No.482784

>>482773
Lol

>>482774
Thanks. It's eventually possible to understand what is meant if you re-read it a bunch of times but fuck Marx for writing like that, seriously it's going to take forever to finish this book.
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 No.482785

>>482783
>You're a retard if you don't agree with the labour theory of value, I don't know what else to say. Educate yourself or fuck off.
Literally zero argument. Not even an attempt. I haven't pwned someone this hard in a while.
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 No.482786

>>482781
>You forgot to make an argument.
Fair enough, i guess. Labor theory of value does agree with the economic data. While the other value theories don't. But it's fair to ask for a more elaborate explanation.

>Value is not created by labor value is assigned by individuals.

This is easy to counter, money buys labor power, it's the only thing it buys. All the things you buy, all that money eventually ends up in somebodies hands to make them do stuff. Like if you buy bread, eventually that money goes to a farmer who works the fields. And that's where it stops, the farmer doesn't put money into the ground in return for holding on to the plants and catching the rain. So it's labor all the way down. If there's no slavery in the system, everything that gets produced accumulates production costs as it has to buy labor-power in each step along the production chain. On top of that comes profits for the capitalists. (Slavery is very inefficient at allocating labor-power that's why economies based on wage-labor vastly out-compete slave economies)

The individual customer doesn't assign value, that's why you can't buy a luxury cruise liner for 3 bucks fifty. It requires millions of labor hours to construct a cruise liner. And you can't buy millions of labor hours for a little over 3 bucks. Go try assign 3.5 bucks to a cruise ship and see whether any supply materializes for that price.

>And different people bid different amounts on the same thing at auctions.

This is a ludicrous ideological narrative, commerce doesn't work like an auction, you don't go to the grocery store to bid on a salad, with an auctioneer yelling price-increments and customers holding up numbered-signs to place a bid.
>A bottle of water is worth $1 in the store and $1,000,000 in the desert.
Except that there are no stores in the middle of the desert that sell water bottles for a million. This has nothing to do with the actually existing economy. And while were at it price-gauging is risky, many people would kill for water if they got thirsty enough.
>If you own a car and move to new york where parking is very expensive
Big city parking-prices are caused by a natural monopoly, you pay monopoly rent. That's a hole different story. We can go into the details of that, if you're interested pls ask.
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 No.482815

>>482786
>Labor theory of value does agree with the economic data.
That's called painting the target around the arrow. Your "economic data" is a list of products and services that have been successfully sold and then you work backwards and say "ah-ha they all required labor". I've read Cockshott too.

But LTV does not work forwards. You cannot look at how much labor goes into a startup company then predict how much profit it will make. Some will make billions some will go broke. Because labor is not what determines value, it is merely a statistical correlation.

>This is easy to counter, money buys labor power, it's the only thing it buys.

>And that's where it stops, the farmer doesn't put money into the ground in return for holding on to the plants and catching the rain. So it's labor all the way down.
That's because you think "money" is magic paper that falls out of the Fed chair's ass. If I pay the farmer in seeds then he will put it into the ground in return for more plants.

>The individual customer doesn't assign value, that's why you can't buy a luxury cruise liner for 3 bucks fifty.

You can't do that because the seller won't give it to you. If I gave you $100m and you still don't buy it that is you deciding you value the $100m more than the boat. But people do buy boats so there are people in the world who value the boat more than the $100m. You can't explain this discrepancy with LTV.

>It requires millions of labor hours to construct a cruise liner.

>And you can't buy millions of labor hours for a little over 3 bucks.
Remember a few years ago when there was like a virus or something and all the cruise companies went out of business. They were selling off cruise liners for well under cost. A bunch of seasteaders actually bought a $300m ship for $10m. So that's not a valid argument either. When a company fails the creditors will sell off inventory below the price of the labor that went into it. Another example of why LTV is bullshit.

>This is a ludicrous ideological narrative, commerce doesn't work like an auction

You understand that auctions do exist. How does LTV explain why two people bid different amounts for the same product?

>Except that there are no stores in the middle of the desert that sell water bottles for a million.

I'm pretty sure Abu Dhabi does have stores and they do sell water for much more than your local store.
If you're this creatively challenged though I'll spell out a story for you
>you are dying of thirst in the desert
>a man on a camel finds you
>he will sell you a bottle of water for $100
>you buy it because you value your life more than $100
Despite the fact that you pass identical bottles of water in the grocery store, they are all marked $1 and you don't buy them. But the same labor went into every bottle so according to LTV they should all have the same value.

>This has nothing to do with the actually existing economy.

It's a variation on the water diamond paradox. Try reading an economics book that was written this century.

>Big city parking-prices are caused by a natural monopoly, you pay monopoly rent. That's a hole different story. We can go into the details of that, if you're interested pls ask.

Cute. Try defending labor theory of value first because you're not doing a very good job.
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 No.482817

>>482815
>Your "economic data" is a list of products and services that have been successfully sold and then you work backwards and say "ah-ha they all required labor". I've read Cockshott too.
Well if you had read Cockshott you'd know that it's a bit more than that, labor-time correlates almost perfectly with value.

>But LTV does not work forwards. You cannot look at how much labor goes into a startup company then predict how much profit it will make.

Socialist economic theory looks a lot further forward, towards the next mode of production. Where the economic calculations are entirely rational and based on labor-time and material resources. Why would socialist economic theory be designed to help capitalists make profits, when the goal is to move past that and have the workers be the ones in controle of the economy. I guess that technically it would be possible to use the LTV that way, but i doubt that the thought ever occurred to a socialist economist. How many capitalist economists do you know that are working on solving economic problems of feudalism ?

>That's because you think "money" is

I think money is the power to command labor-power.
>If I pay the farmer in seeds then he will put it into the ground in return for more plants.
I doubt that you'll be able to pay a farmer in seeds, he'll tell you that he needs money to buy tractor fuel, fertilizer, pesticides and so on. And that money pays the workers in the oil-rig and chemical-plant.

>You can't do that because the seller won't give it to you. If I gave you $100m and you still don't buy it that is you deciding you value the $100m more than the boat. But people do buy boats so there are people in the world who value the boat more than the $100m.

You admitted that customers do not decide the prices, and for the record even huge boats are behaving like commodities predicted by the LTV.

>Remember a few years ago when there was like a virus or something and all the cruise companies went out of business.

You having to scrape the bottom of the barrel for outliers caused by emergency situations proves that the LTV works.
Nobody expects economic theory to predict a plague.

>You understand that auctions do exist.

On the fringes outside of regular commerce, it's not relevant for the economy overall.
>How does LTV explain why two people bid different amounts for the same product?
Individual people can engage in irrational behavior, or simply operate on bad information. The point is this averages out over the entire economy. The goal of doing labor-time calculations is to find the correct prices that yields a good economy for society.

>I'm pretty sure Abu Dhabi does have stores and they do sell water for much more than your local store.

I'm pretty sure the price differential isn't a factor of one million.

>If you're this creatively challenged though I'll spell out a story for you

<camel-man combs through the desert to scam some unlucky bastard with overpriced bottled water.
Contrived hypothetical scenarios are not arguments.

>It's a variation on the water diamond paradox. Try reading an economics book

Most of the mainstream economic text books are written like theology designed to justify capitalism, not explain how it works.
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 No.482842

>>482557
I have no clue, I haven't read any Trotsky and don't care much to
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 No.482847

>>482842
You don't have to agree with everything Trotsky said or did to find this an invaluable source on history.
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 No.482936

Any good books on American syndicalism/socialism? I can barely find anything on the likes of Daniel De Leon
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 No.482945

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>>482817
>labor-time correlates almost perfectly with value.
Only if you pick products and services which were sold at a profit. Companies that fail to sell the products for more than labor costs are removed from the market and therefor do not show up in your "economic data". Like I said, this doesn't "prove" LTV it is merely an exercise of working backwards to get the conclusion you want.

>Socialist economic theory looks a lot further forward, towards the next mode of production. Where the economic calculations are entirely rational and based on labor-time and material resources.

Listen to your own cope. Your economic theories don't even work now but you think they will magically start working in an imaginary future.

>Why would socialist economic theory be designed to help capitalists make profits

Because you can't. LTV was debunked by all other schools of economics around 150 years ago.

>I doubt that you'll be able to pay a farmer in seeds

Farmers have more use for seeds than anybody else.

>You admitted that customers do not decide the prices

You decide what has value to you. If you value a cruise ship at 3.5 bucks and somebody is selling one for 3.5 bucks then you will buy it won't you. Your argument that you can't always force somebody to sell at the price you want is missing the point. You only buy the ship if you value the ship more than the money. And the seller only sells if he values the money more than the ship. Both sides need to be happy for the trade to go ahead. That's the magic of free market capitalism. Either both sides win or the trade doesn't happen.

>You having to scrape the bottom of the barrel for outliers caused by emergency situations proves that the LTV works.

Companies get liquidated all the time. You are suffering from survivor bias, you think all companies sell products for more than the labor cost precisely because those are the only companies that survive.

>for the record even huge boats are behaving like commodities predicted by the LTV.

In 2020 a $280m cruise ship called the Pacific Dawn was sold for $10m. LTV cannot even explain this event let alone predict it.

>Individual people can engage in irrational behavior

Aw you're so close just admit it. Value is subjective. People bid $100.000 on air-cooled 911s because they think it's cool, not because that's the value of labor that went into manufacturing the car.

>I'm pretty sure the price differential isn't a factor of one million.

Pick whatever number you want as long as the price is different from the "labor cost" then LTV is wrong.

>It's a variation on the water diamond paradox. Try reading an economics book

Don't chop up quotes like that. I said
>Try reading an economics book that was written this century.
Trying to understand modern economics by reading Marx is like trying to understand quantum physics by reading Aristotle.
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 No.482950

>>482945
>Only if you pick products and services which were sold at a profit.
That's generally how capitalism works, you can't really be mad that economic theory reflects this reality.
>Companies that fail to sell the products for more than labor costs are removed from the market and therefor do not show up in your "economic data"
I fail to see the problem. You can't base an economic theory about prices on going-out-of-business-discounts.

>Your economic theories don't even work now

but they do
>LTV was debunked
No there were dishonest attempts at socially discrediting labor-theory, but nobody has refuted it on scientific grounds, because the empirical data supports it.

>Farmers have more use for seeds than anybody else.

You're forgetting flower mills, but farmers can't work for seeds because agriculture is no longer based on subsistence farming, and industrial agriculture require farmers to buy industrial inputs.

>You decide what has value to you.

It's not a valid basis for a price theory. Businesses can't consistently sell commodities below production costs, to accommodate subjective lowball value. Subjective over-valuation doesn't work either because people can't spend more money than they have. All subjective value theorists do, is point at edge-cases. Like a bankruptcy-sale or some rich person with the ability to overpay. But that's not how the bulk of the economy works.

>Pick whatever number you want as long as the price is different from the "labor cost" then LTV is wrong.

You're water-bottle thought-experiment is based on hypothetical premises. Its got nothing to do with real world economics. By the way water is more expensive in Abu Dhabi, because they have to run expensive desalination-plants.

>Trying to understand modern economics by reading Marx is like trying to understand quantum physics by reading Aristotle.

Most of what marx wrote remains true. What Marx got wrong is the profit-equalization-tendency. Marx thought that different economic sectors in capitalism would all tend towards having the same profit-rate, and that appears to be false. It's a really obscure detail that required some minor corrections in the theory. It turns out that the profit-rate falls because of demographic shrinkage, instead of technological factors. And you probably have no idea what i'm talking about.

Modern mainstream economic theory is intended to provide justifications for things that happened after the fact, its a kind of secular theology, it doesn't explain how any of that stuff works. And capitalists don't actually use it to run their businesses. In the corporate world the closest thing to actual economic theory is usually called something like "Operations". It's like psychology that has been converted to sell lots of pills to people, and actual psychology happens in marketing research.
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 No.482953

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>>482950
>You can't base an economic theory about prices on going-out-of-business-discounts.
Cockshott's 'economic data' only contains established companies with plenty of competition which keeps prices close to cost. I'm sure Honeywell selling nuclear bombs to the government for 1000x over cost is not in the data.

If LTV was "correct" then you should be able to predict how much money a new company will make based on the labor that went in. But you can't. You can only work backwards from carefully selected data.

>I fail to see the problem.

I know, I am basically explaining to a christian why god is not real. Even if you get it on some level you won't admit it.

>Businesses can't consistently sell commodities below production costs, to accommodate subjective lowball value.

That's why you need to sell a product that people subjectively value more than the production cost. Predicting what such a product might be is the job of investors and entrepreneurs.

>Subjective over-valuation doesn't work either because people can't spend more money than they have.

Except most things are sold at a profit.

>subjective value theorists

That's like saying "round earth theorists". Every school of economics mainstream or not switched from labor theory of value to subjective value in the late 1800s.

>point at edge-cases. Like a bankruptcy-sale or some rich person with the ability to overpay. But that's not how the bulk of the economy works.

You don't have to be rich to pay $100 for a funko pop. A little plastic toy of your favorite marval superman character does not cost $100 of labor to manufacture. And a toy of a less popular character will sell for less despite taking the same amount of materials and the same amount of labor by the same workers in the same factory. You pay $5 for a dvd of a movie which cost $100m to make. There are so many exceptions it is your cherry-picked data where LTV "works" that is the edge case.

>You're water-bottle thought-experiment is based on hypothetical premises.

Fine I'll give you another one. Water in the store is $1 a bottle. You have $100. According to LTV every bottle has identical value so there is no rational reason to buy 1-99 bottles. You either buy 0 because the money is "worth" more or you buy 100 because the water is "worth" more.

This is where the marginal revolution comes in. You buy 1 bottle because you have 0 bottles and you subjectively value 1 bottle more than $1. Now that you already have 1 bottle the 2nd bottle is subjectively worth less to you. The marginal utility of each additional bottle goes down until the Nth bottle is no longer worth more than $1 to you so you stop adding them to your cart.

>Most of what marx wrote remains true.

Marx lived under a gold standard before fiat currency, central banks, keynesianism, globalism or any of our modern financial infrastructure. Even if Marx was right about anything he was living in a completely different world. Marxism can't explain inflation for example because inflation didn't exist when Marx was alive.
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 No.482963

>>482953
>If LTV was "correct" then you should be able to predict how much money a new company will make based on the labor that went in. But you can't. You can only work backwards from carefully selected data.
You don't seem to understand at all what the labor theory of value actually attempts to predict. It does not make any sort of predictions about the prices of things at a granular level. Please stop attacking a straw man and actually learn about the model you're attempting to critique. It's really tiresome how often this issue arises in low-level debates where right-wing dogmatists can't seem to cross the most basic of mental hurdles to understand that the word "value" for Marx (and other classical economists of his period) had an entirely different meaning from the word "price".
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 No.482966

>>482953
>Cockshott's 'economic data' only contains established companies with plenty of competition which keeps prices close to cost. I'm sure Honeywell selling nuclear bombs to the government for 1000x over cost is not in the data.
<The government subjectively over-values nukes by a factor of a thousand.
You're a clown, the military industrial complex uses corruption and blackmail, to juice procurement. Subjective value my ass.
>you should be able to predict how much money a new company will make
Why do you insist about complaining that socialist economic theory isn't designed to help individual capitalists make investment decisions. Of course it's not it's designed to help workers understand the hole of the economy.

>That's why you need to sell a product that people subjectively value more than the production cost. Predicting what such a product might be is the job of investors and entrepreneurs.

>Except most things are sold at a profit.
I see where your confusion comes from. Profits come from exploiting labor.

>Every school of economics mainstream or not switched from labor theory of value to subjective value in the late 1800s.

Because the bourgeoisie realized the political implications of admitting that economic value comes from labor. OMG a ruling class embracing a lie that justifies their rule. Absolutely Shocking.

> $100 for A little plastic toy

Stuff like this can only exist because of copy-monopoly-rent. It's copy-monopoly-capitalists stealing profits from their competitors.

>Fine I'll give you another one. Water in the store is $1 a bottle. You have $100. According to LTV every bottle has identical value so there is no rational reason to buy 1-99 bottles. You either buy 0 because the money is "worth" more or you buy 100 because the water is "worth" more.

WTF ?
What does negative 98 bottles even mean ? and Why do you think anybody would buy a 100 bottles of water if they needed only 1. Do you seriously expect people to speculate with water-bottles like they do with stock-certificates ?
>This is where the marginal revolution comes in. You buy 1 bottle because you have 0 bottles and you subjectively value 1 bottle more than $1. Now that you already have 1 bottle the 2nd bottle is subjectively worth less to you.
Cool ideological story bro, but unless you can calculate the marginal utility of commodity, i'm going to say it's made up words.

>Marx lived under a gold standard before fiat currency, central banks, keynesianism, globalism or any of our modern financial infrastructure. Even if Marx was right about anything he was living in a completely different world. Marxism can't explain inflation for example because inflation didn't exist when Marx was alive.

Marx thought money buys labor-power, that is still true. And inflation also existed in the 1800s
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 No.482970

>>482953
>Every school of economics mainstream or not switched from labor theory of value to subjective value in the late 1800s.
Ah yes, the Counter-Enlightenment. Members of the ruling class got a little too uncomfortable the logical conclusions of classical political economy so they started funding stooges to sap all the empiricism out of economics and replace it with unfalsifiable naval gazing and cheerleading.

https://web.archive.org/web/20120505232458/https://michael-hudson.com/2010/05/neoliberalism-and-the-counter-enlightenment/

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