#16921
a portal suddenly opens behind Einstein, as he turns in astonishment a head pokes through and says

tears posted:

soon i will know all the physics


#16922
reading Napoleon: A Life and it's surprising how accurately he predicted his own battlefield/world-historical grandiosity in his mid-20s even though, like, he was still getting surprised women talked to him.
#16923
confirmation bias
#16924

tears posted:

"shadows of forgotten ancestors"


verdict: 3.5 out of 5 hammer and sickles,

now reading sagan and druyan's "Comet" all about comets, and all the other books

#16925
wallerstein died, rip

reading the new z. cope, its good
#16926
is he retreading the same stuff from his previous book?
#16927
its def p. much in the same line as dwdc but it seems more condensed and with different accents in that it argues strongly and more explicitly against hegemonic global north left stances, for the existence of global value transfers, core\periphery wage differentials, superexploitation etc and its necessity in capitalism-imperialism. a bunch of good sources, calculations formulas etc (i just read the first 6 chapters so far though)
#16928
RIP Wallerstein

I discovered that apparently Robert Owen was the first one to use Southern cotton in an English spinning mill, at the time people were using French cotton. A little irony of socialist history that this forum will appreciate, like how the Péreire brothers, followers of Saint Simon, invented using bank loans derived from small savings to finance projects which required a large outlay of constant capital and thereby convert small capital into big capital
#16929
Caliban and the Witch, whenever i hear the term "heretic" now i get a little excited
#16930
I'm taking a class in the anthropology department about the people and cultures of China, so I'm reading "A Daughter of Han" right now.
#16931
i've been reading kuhn's 'structure of scientific rev' side by side with de sousa santos' 'epistemologies of the global south' which compliment one another very well
#16932
waiting for the new Joe Abercrombie book... he's returning to the world from the Blade Itself
#16933
Reading the minutes of the second Congress of the RSDLP, in which the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks split. Holy boring rules lawyering
#16934
I’m re-reading Robinson’s A Theory of Global Capitalism and a lot of stuff in it that used to seem insightful to me looks naive in hindsight... while I think recent elections in much of the West and East alike show a stark split between globally-focused and nationally-focused bourgeoisie, I just don’t buy the concept of a transnational capitalist class anymore. It seems of a piece with the liberal “end of history”, a sort of gloomy reflection of a false faith in the stability of international trade and finance.

In a way, I wonder that I was ever so pessimistic.
#16935

cars posted:

I’m re-reading Robinson’s A Theory of Global Capitalism and a lot of stuff in it that used to seem insightful to me looks naive in hindsight... while I think recent elections in much of the West and East alike show a stark split between globally-focused and nationally-focused bourgeoisie, I just don’t buy the concept of a transnational capitalist class anymore. It seems of a piece with the liberal “end of history”, a sort of gloomy reflection of a false faith in the stability of international trade and finance.

In a way, I wonder that I was ever so pessimistic.



It's ultra-imperialism. There's not enough profits to go around for that to happen