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Free Education For Everyone!

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Let's have a thread dedicated to getting better in expressing our thoughts in text!

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just read more, it'll rub in


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This is the book you need. You can easily find it on the internet.


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Sounds great. Here's the 9th edition.


Peter Elbow - Writing Without Teachers

https://r.kyaa.sg/ayzjcs.pdf (11MiB, too big for 8chan)

Why people struggle for days to write a single page, a possible way to overcome it, and a way people can teach each other writing without anybody knowing how to actually do it.


Kenneth Goldsmith: Uncreative Writing

https://r.kyaa.sg/vergwr.epub (1.5MiB, epub)

How can the "uncreative" methods (sampling, automatisms, etc.) of other arts be applied to writing.

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marxism-leninism and maoism reading thread.

i only have some really basic stuff


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"The international and the limits of history"


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"Empire" - Negri and Hardt

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In order to properly understand the system of capitalism, it's origins and it's tendencies, we should explore it's history. Capitalism has not always existed, it arose from earlier socio-economic structures, and in studying how it arose, and how it has progressed so far, we can understand more about how it might progress in future, and what might come after it…

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The dawn of the 20th century brought two successive world wars. The booming growth of the previous period had brought huge capitalist powers into collision with each other. The wars caused mass destruction, and opened eyes to a range of new ideas. These introduced a whole range of new factors to the equation.

With the economies of most of Europe in tatters, more Keynesian economic programs were applied. Social liberalism grew. Capitalism was adapting.


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The growth of post-war capitalism was a new lease of life for it. Democratic institutions flourished, and on the back of increasing global inequality, Europe and the West flourished economically. Standards of living rose, in general, for all. They rose much higher for some than others.

Neo-Liberal economic theories began to replace the old Keynsian ones, and free market economics reigned. Capitalism increasingly found more and more interesting and complicated ways to solve its crises of overproduction. They'd needed the decimation of the world wars to open up the markets before, but now they used the tools of globalization and credit.


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These techniques couldn't last forever. Only recently have we felt the crisis of capitalism return, worse than it has for generations. And another crisis is predicted on the horizon. Capitalism is running out of options.

See these articles for more: http://www.marxist.com/why-keynesianism-is-unable-to-solve-todays-crisis.htm





Parts 1 - 3 of Capital, and chapter 32, are best for this. First parts explain how capitalism works, it's structures and features. CH 32 explains its historical tendencies and direction of development



I have no sources to back this up, and its really not adding anything but just providing some interesting anecdotal history, but I've heard the first examples of the concept of hourly wages came about in England at this time (1500s or 1600s) and the first wage labourers were actually sheppards - they had previously lived on the land and tended the sheep for the lord, but the lords began to throw them out of their homes, hire them hourly to do the exact same job, and then charge them rent from their wages if they wanted to return to their homes, or those homes were destroyed and used as more fertile land for agriculture, or sold off.

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Dropping most well known.


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Unfortunately that's an 8chan-wide issue, not anything an individual board can do anything about



Does it matter what transalation I pick?



Depends, always worth reading up on a translator though


The Last Messiah by Peter Wessel Zapffe



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Was coming into this thread just to post this. Sarah Perry probably one of my favorite thinkers.

Anyone who enjoys her book should check out her blogs over at https://theviewfromhellyes.wordpress.com (where she blogs about antinatalism-adjacent topics, updates very slowly) and https://ribbonfarm.com/author/sarahperry (which updates faster, but is a group blog with some three other people, only one of which I consider interesting (Venkatesh))

That said, another interesting antinatalist is Emil Cioran, who I got into because Eugene Thacker is enamored of him.

Here's his "The Trouble With Being Born", though I'd also recommend "A Short History of Decay"


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Dumping some PDF's found on /leftypol/

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Trying to find a copy of this, to no avail. Can anyone help?

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Does anyone have the book, just "Mao Zedong by Stuart Schram"?

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I don't know if this has been posted before but this is still a great resource for quite a few books.

Search up a certain author and i'd say there's a 85% chance you'd find what you want or more.


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This is a thread dedicated to learning all about the philosophy of Dialectical Materialism.

Dialectical Materialism is a philosophy of science and nature, based on the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and the philosophies of dialectics (which have their roots in Hegel) and materialism.

This link is a good start, will post pdfs after: http://www.marxism.org.uk/pack/dialetics.html

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This diagram sums up the theory of Historical Materialist Dialectics rather well. The black arrows on the left illustrate the abstract theory of Dialectics, as can be applied across Nature, while the red arrows illustrate the theory as applied to our Historical Materialist process - the process we have witnessed (and will go on to witness) form our Economic and Social relationships with our society.



>Marx on Dialectical Materialism

Prob because he didn't actually use it in any way or form as it seems to have developed in Marxism-Leninism.



I wish people would stop using the "thesis + antithesis = synthesis" paradigm to describe the Marxian or Hegelian dialectical method.

Ossifying the process(es) of aufhebeng into distinct categories = formalization and mystification of dialectic.



Not really, Marx discusses it in his early works and critique of Hegel, and Engels discusses it in Dialectics of Nature

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I lost all my links to free literature sites, and I can't figure out which Books4U site all the chans use.

I have Project Gutenberg, but do you know of any others?

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Is Khan Academy worth using to study history and economics? I'm concerned that their educational material will be completely bourgeois. I'm not interested in listening to a bourgeois perspective on history or capitalist apologetics, so if anyone here has any experience with Khan Academy's material, please let me know what your opinion of it is.

Also, where can I find educational material similar to Khan Academy which teaches history and economics from a radical leftist perspective? Is such material even available? Khan Academy, along with other similar sites, either conveniently have zero material on Marxism or postcapitalist systems or their material on topics like socialism and communism simplt equate them with the USSR or PRC.

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If decent posters stayed and posted and didn't just leave 'cause some posters are shit, the whole place would be better. It will generate better posts from other users too, to be reading high quality posts from others. Use your influence, everyone has the potential to have one.



Thanks for your encouragement. I'll continue to give /leftypol/ a shot (after the permaban wars off) in the hopes that it'll change there, but I'm not very optimistic about the prospects.




It's not a permaban if it wears off.



It's a permaban insomuch as that is the nature of my ban within the context of the /leftypol/ banishment system. The only reason why my permaban technically expires is due to the policies of 8ch, which globally affect all banishment systems therein and prevents them from actually being permanent. For all intents and purposes, however, my ban on /leftypol/ would not expire if it weren't for those 8ch policies, and for that reason I describe it as a permaban.

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what are some books that explicitly cover the subject of the state?


Engels discusses the origins of the state in "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State". PDF of that text has been posted here in a few threads, early human history and general left lit I think.


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Can we discuss learning techniques here?

I'm in particular having a great deal of trouble focusing in on the text and keeping my mind on it.
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Does it help in any way with your learning?



Oh yeah, though it's not terribly efficient. It's better than doing nothing and more entertaining than just vidya. It depends on how complex the subject is, for instance. If it's finance, logic, math, etc. it just gets too complicated.


For things like learning vocabulary, spaced repetition study is absolutely effective.



What is that? Any links or explanation you can give?


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It's based on the idea that every time you successfully recall something, you strengthen your knowledge, so you will need to review it less frequently. So instead of reviewing something every week, you can have longer and longer periods between reviews without forgetting.

Anki is a pretty nice free software implementation of it:


It uses flashcards for review and recall, here's an article with useful tips on how to make them:


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Does anybody have a pdf of this book or any other of Tariq Ali's work? I've been meaning to read him for a while now.

Also any others similar to Ali and Chomsky

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What is the legality of uploading pdf's on here?

I want to start dumping reading materials provided by my university but I don't know if i'll get in trouble.


Just use your common sense. Most of the material uploaded here is already free elsewhere on the internet, it's hard to know what is/isn't legal to be re-posted and re-shared. We're not making money on any of this in any way so it's not going to be a huge crime. Generally speaking if something exists already online, it's either fine to distribute, or it's distributed enough that you're not to know it wasn't fine to distribute and so I imagine won't get in too much shit for distributing it as well. If you know 100% that you're not supposed to distribute something, and you feel worried about it, then just don't do it. Simple.

If anyone does have any information on copyright law etc though, this would be a good thread for it I guess. It is all very mystified, considering that ignorance is not supposed to be an excuse for breaking the law.


if it's for educational purposes, it falls under the legal green area for fair use


There is a disclaimer on 8chan as a whole and this board that what you post is your responsibility and almost all this literature is free all over the place anyways so yeah just don't post anything you know is potentially gonna get you in trouble. Who even knows what's legal though when all this stuff legal or not is equally available online; when it comes to copyright law and electronic reproduction and distribution anyways - capitalist copyright laws stopped making sense a while ago.

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