#17681
https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2020/09/13/the-us-rate-of-profit-before-the-covid/





#17682
The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800. seems cool
#17683

kinch posted:

good shit as usual

https://medium.com/@jeff_kaye/a-real-flood-of-bacteria-and-germs-communications-intelligence-and-charges-of-u-s-4decafdc762



Thanks for posting this

#17684
I've been thinking about reading a bunch of history books, nothing else can hold my attention atm.

I started reading "A History of Modern Iran" (2008) by Ervand Abrahamian. He clearly know what he's talking about when it comes to theory -- the introduction ends with

In the Weberian sense, this book is a
narrative of how patrimonial rule has been replaced by a bureaucratic state –
one where the center dominates the periphery. Household rule has given
way first to royal autocracy and then to modern bureaucracy, where para-
doxically the citizen claims inalienable rights. In the Tönnies’ sense, it
describes the transition from Gemeinschaft into Gesellschaft – from small
face-to-face communities ruled by tradition, custom, and kinship into a
large nation-state dominated by the impersonal forces of the bureaucracy,
market, and industrial production. In the Marxist sense, it traces the
transition from feudalism into state capitalism – from a loosely knit geo-
graphical region dotted with isolated villages and tribal clans to an urbanized
and integrated economy where classes jockey for power within the state.
The state is no longer a separate entity unto itself hovering over society, but
a large entity deeply enmeshed in society. In the Braudelian sense, it
explores the deep-seated and slow-moving shifts that have occurred in
popular mentalités as well as the sparks, the “fireworks,” that light up the
surface layer of political events. In the Foucaultian sense, it narrates how the
introduction of novel “discourses” has created tension between old and
new, and thereby dramatically transformed both Shi’ism and Iranism. In
short, the book aspires to Eric Hobsbawm’s goal of presenting not just
political history or social history, but a history of the whole society.

.

It's always disappointing to start a history book to realize they are mindless western liberals. So far this 200-page book is a good reference for the history of 20th century Iran. Not sure if I'm going to finish this but knowing about non-marxist revolutions and the relationship between socialism and Islam (there is a lot of history here) is always good.

Anyway does anyone here have recommendations of history books about 19th/20th century India and/or Pakistan? I would appreciate refereneces to anything you think would be relevant.

#17685

pogfan1996 posted:

The point of a labor strike isn't to stop working, it is to agitate and raise consciousness around worker exploitation at a direct site of conflict


The point of a labor strike is absolutely 100% to stop working. The point of a labor strike is to starve the bourgeoisie of what they need to survive. It also materially demonstrates that the proletariat is the ultimate source of everything that humans use to survive, and that the bourgeoisie can and should be dispensed with. Its much more than a propaganda event, it has a material purpose. This is actually the primary insight that marxism lends to the labor movement in the first place.

#17686

blinkandwheeze posted:

accidentally downvoted c_man's post and have remedied this with an upvote as per poster's honor but i will publicly state that i have no strong opinion either way on its content.


Thank you for posting with honor

#17687
writing a dissertation proposal right now and am focusing extensively on lucien seve's work developing a dialectical-materialist psychology. most famous for "man in marxist theory". highly recommend.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/seve/works/1974/ch2/1_1.htm
#17688

liceo posted:

writing a dissertation proposal right now and am focusing extensively on lucien seve's work developing a dialectical-materialist psychology. most famous for "man in marxist theory". highly recommend.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/seve/works/1974/ch2/1_1.htm


thats cool im going to read this

edit: liceo if you got anything related to psychology-marxism and education/schooling hmu

#17689

tears posted:

edit: liceo if you got anything related to psychology-marxism and education/schooling hmu


sent you a pm

#17690

liceo posted:

tears posted:


edit: liceo if you got anything related to psychology-marxism and education/schooling hmu


sent you a pm


pm me this, as well. greetings to the zzone

#17691
I'm really a huge fan of this book cover
#17692
it is a nice pic

that said, don't know if it's the imagery or the title's positioning (with the N sitting right under the L) but i got kind of a "dianetics" vibe
#17693

Constantignoble posted:


is this an improvement

#17694
picking up this bad boy



#17695
I did not realize they had suck a sick cover! that's the one published by flp?
#17696

Acdtrux posted:

suck a sick cover


catchphrase

#17697

Acdtrux posted:

I did not realize they had suck a sick cover! that's the one published by flp?



yah, they just reprinted it

#17698
https://espressostalinist.com/2020/10/06/alliance-marxist-leninist-the-theory-of-the-black-nation-in-the-u-s-a/
#17699

karphead posted:

https://espressostalinist.com/2020/10/06/alliance-marxist-leninist-the-theory-of-the-black-nation-in-the-u-s-a/



Do you think you could summarize the argument he makes, is he pushing for Settler communism? Espresso is tediously harping on whether or not Stalin personally agreed with the "Black nation" thesis, and I just don't care, but I am curious how that affects his politics.

Please correct me, but the real ramifications of the line he's pushing here is essentially Afrikans don't constitute a nation, therefore the Black national liberation movement is a revisionist line? That we should be working towards solidarity between settlers and colonized proletarians?

#17700
The APL doesn't believe that there was any sort of internal colonization, I'm pretty sure they hold to a "racism is a bourgeois plot to divide the workers" line.
#17701

pogfan1996 posted:

The APL doesn't believe that there was any sort of internal colonization, I'm pretty sure they hold to a "racism is a bourgeois plot to divide the workers" line.



Jesus, what use is it being an anti-revisionist ML if it brought them to this? It's like, everyone is wrong but me, but lets continue doing exactly the same thing we've been doing for the past century and hope it works.

Afaik the most important aspect of anti-revisionism in the first world is an understanding of the national liberation in the first place.

#17702
Actually the most important aspects of anti-revisionism in the first world are being able to quote Stalin extensively and talk about racism in the US without talking about any events post-1956
#17703
Someone tell “espresso Stalinist” that Stalin was black actually, start here:

STALIN
History and Criticism of a Black Legend

http://www.readmarxeveryday.org/stalin/losurdo-en-20180311.html
#17704

dimashq posted:

Someone tell “espresso Stalinist” that Stalin was black actually, start here:

STALIN
History and Criticism of a Black Legend

http://www.readmarxeveryday.org/stalin/losurdo-en-20180311.html



lol

still waiting on that translation from Sinistra though

#17705
the coffee stalin blog has some neat old articles and resources that he's typed out from journals and stuff like that which is pretty cool, but in general the guy seems kind of dogmatic and ossified, like trying to just argue everything on the basis of whether stalin or hoxha said it like one of the church fathers rather than trying to understand and apply their methods and think stuff through. like he seems to take the late hoxha stuff totally repudiating mao and china seriously for example, which just seems a bit silly outside of the very specific cold war context it was said in. i think a guy with a blog like that is always going to be slightly crankish though and you'll probably find some interesting stuff there just keep his eccentric position on things in mind while you're reading
#17706
i think its cool that espresso stalinist had some videos of him speaking at a stalin society meeting & overlayed dr. doom over all his appearances.
#17707
yeah, what io said. i'm still trying to parse it and there's a few small things that bugged me about the article but i have soft spot for hoxhaists.
#17708
also espresso sucks ass
#17709

pogfan1996 posted:

The APL doesn't believe that there was any sort of internal colonization, I'm pretty sure they hold to a "racism is a bourgeois plot to divide the workers" line.


amerikkkano stalinist

#17710
the orange-mocha frappuccino stalinist
#17711
Stalin wouldn't waste his time on coffee he'd just take caffeine supplements.
#17712
i do this
#17713
reading the urban revolution by henri lefebvre, once im done w that ill read his two other books on urbanism. leafing through mim theory 6 when i have time, reading querelle de brest during commute
#17714
Reading the second edition of Divided World Divided class, the first 100 pages is him clowning on his haters in two introductions. That's really the mark of an iconic book
#17715

dizastar posted:

reading querelle de brest during commute


genet is really sick and i don't think many people are reading him nowadays, our lady of the flowers and miracle of the rose are my favourites i think.

#17716
yea hjes one of the best to come out of france imo. think miracle of the rose drags a bit but our lady of the flowers and thiefs journal rock
#17717
Foucault, Power and Education - Stephen Ball (2013)
Marx and Education - Jean Anyon (2011)
#17718
ive been reading a lot about monetary policy and financial crises
#17719
First half of the Espresso Stalinist article isn't even good commu-theology folks. Lenin and Stalin never went around like nitpicky nerds with Marxism and the National Question trying to dispel something like Zionism by saying it was unscientific. Obviously it eventually formed a real country. Those national criteria Stalin laid out are important in that they would outline ethnogenesis campaigns which Bolsheviks would apply across the colonized Central Asian periphery; colonial and clan governments were replaced with national governments of trained native bureaucrats, common culture was funded by the state, borders were drawn, standardized written languages were made and taught. A foundation of Soviet policy was creating new nations.

#17720

serafiym posted:

First half of the Espresso Stalinist article isn't even good commu-theology folks. Lenin and Stalin never went around like nitpicky nerds with Marxism and the National Question trying to dispel something like Zionism by saying it was unscientific. Obviously it eventually formed a real country. Those national criteria Stalin laid out are important in that they would outline ethnogenesis campaigns which Bolsheviks would apply across the colonized Central Asian periphery; colonial and clan governments were replaced with national governments of trained native bureaucrats, common culture was funded by the state, borders were drawn, standardized written languages were made and taught. A foundation of Soviet policy was creating new nations.



This is so important to what makes "Stalinism" appealing, it's really disheartening that people will take up the title and miss this.