#18001
hi c_man
#18002


http://web.archive.org/web/20210407001427/https://brownpoliticalreview.org/2021/03/the-origins-of-a-distinguished-diplomatic-career-and-the-u-s-china-fight-for-primacy-bpr-interviews-ambassador-chas-freeman/

Sam Kolitch: What is the root cause of the United States’ desire to confront China?

Chas Freeman: I think the rudimentary driver of the United States’ confrontation with China is psychology, not strategy. We became the world’s largest economy sometime in the 1870s. That’s 150 years ago. Now we’ve either already been eclipsed, or we’re about to be eclipsed, by China. So we’re afraid of not being number one and we’ve decided that we will hamstring the rise of China. No one on the American side has described where this confrontation is supposed to take us—it’s just an end in itself. Also, we have exercised military primacy in the Asia-Pacific region since 1945. Now, we confront the return of China to wealth and power in the region. And our position in the Asia-Pacific is precarious. What does that mean? It means that we object to things like China’s anti-access and area denial weapon system (A2/AD), otherwise known as defense. The Chinese now can stop us from running through their defenses. So this is a threat: we’re not all-powerful anymore. We are in danger of losing primacy.

But there’s not much evidence of China wanting to replace us. They are displacing us in some spheres because they’re big and growing and successful. Do they want to take on our global dominion and hegemony role? No, but we assert that they do. We posit that China thinks and behaves like us: “We had Manifest Destiny and it took us across the Pacific to the Philippines. Therefore, China must have a Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny in mind.” This is wrong. Things don’t work like that. So I would argue that we have inhaled our own propaganda, and we are living in the appropriately stoned state that that produces.

#18003

c_man posted:

im reading about statistics


well i'm getting to the heart of the matter and reading the statistics themselves.

#18004
i'm still reading hegel (i'm at the master/slave and recognition chapters), but i took a break and re-read a good book on stoicism— A New Stoicism by Lawrence Becker—as well as parts of a book on acceptance and commitment therapy

re: other posts:
chas freeman owns. i like this interview w/ him:

https://theanalysis.news/interviews/bidens-china-policy-a-more-polite-trump-amb-chas-freeman/
#18005
im readin Sultan Galiev, le père de la révolution tiers-mondiste (sultan galiev, father of third worldist revolution). history book surrounding sultan galiev, his theory of national liberation and his relation towards the CPSU. I just started it but i feel like its gonna be an important read to me, its never been translated into english and i dont know if theres much reading material about him in english so i'm even thinking about translating it for my pals at tHE rHizzonE and compiling it into a thread. poster parenti if u read this and you're interested i could scan it and we'd divide the chapters in half for translation work
#18006
i dont know much about galiyev but there is a bunch of turkish social fascists who love him lol
#18007
he was purged by Stalin for pan-turanist conspiracy, wasnt he?

http://ml-review.ca/aml/MLRB/Sultan-Galiyev-FINAL.htm
#18008

dizastar posted:

im readin Sultan Galiev, le père de la révolution tiers-mondiste (sultan galiev, father of third worldist revolution).


a translation of this would be insanely cool ive been curious about this book for years!! practically no english literature of any depth available on him

#18009
inspired by an article that radical_dave sent me, i am re-reading sellars' empiricism and the philosophy of mind (and the accompanying companion by robert brandom). this is my third read-through and i still think it is one of the most important works of philosophy from the 20th century (if not of all time). one statement that i find interesting is:

By thinking of sense-datum talk as merely another language, one draws on the fact that codes have no surplus value. p. 30


now sellars here is referring to sense-datum with regard to inferential and non-inferential acquisitions of knowledge (specifically related to symbols and referents, and whether or not they can be logically formulated to verifiable truth in themselves or if the truth-contents result from their status for-others). however, this led me to reflect on speculative investment currencies (from slot-machines, stocks and bonds, and cryptocurrency). probably not a novel thought, but i think that sellars' negation of surplus-value in symbolic representation directly applies to those currencies as well. what i mean is that the value of any currency is only a symbol of value and is not value in-itself, so the surplus-value and/or superprofits generated from symbolic value are only valuable insofar as the symbolic representation of those values stands. this also has me reflecting on the functions of the reification of currency (as a commodity in itself) as something that appears to be a given. but, in sellars' terms, it is only the appearance of a given and is subject to immediate (logical and applied) refutation and erasure, should the robustness of the representation falter. i suppose that this is all just classic TRPF but it was interesting (to me) to see similar lines of thought in a completely different school of thought.

#18010

marknat posted:

he was purged by Stalin for pan-turanist conspiracy, wasnt he?

http://ml-review.ca/aml/MLRB/Sultan-Galiyev-FINAL.htm



not surprising one bit hahaha

#18011
#18012
this is one of the best websites i have ever looked at.

https://www.foundalis.com/

definitely click on every single link that he has because they all stay in-house lmfao
#18013
Good article on urban guerrilla tactics in third world liberation movements

https://anticonquista.com/2018/04/26/urban-guerrilla-warfare-the-second-wave-of-third-world-revolution/
#18014

liceo posted:

this is one of the best websites i have ever looked at.

https://www.foundalis.com/

definitely click on every single link that he has because they all stay in-house lmfao



An Open Letter to My Northern Neighbors
Dear nationals who insist to call yourselves — and only yourselves — “Macedonians”:

Why do you deny this right from me?

I am a Macedonian. At least, that’s what I want to call myself. I was born in Greek Macedonia, specifically in the city of Edessa, and so I identify myself as follows: an Edessian, a Macedonian, a Greek, a Balkan, and a European. Do I have this right? Do you grant me this right?

Aren’t you the champions of the idea that people must have the right to determine by themselves what they want to be called? Yes, right? Then why do you deny that I, too, am a Macedonian?

#18015

Belphegor posted:

liceo posted:

this is one of the best websites i have ever looked at.

https://www.foundalis.com/

definitely click on every single link that he has because they all stay in-house lmfao

An Open Letter to My Northern Neighbors
Dear nationals who insist to call yourselves — and only yourselves — “Macedonians”:

Why do you deny this right from me?

I am a Macedonian. At least, that’s what I want to call myself. I was born in Greek Macedonia, specifically in the city of Edessa, and so I identify myself as follows: an Edessian, a Macedonian, a Greek, a Balkan, and a European. Do I have this right? Do you grant me this right?

Aren’t you the champions of the idea that people must have the right to determine by themselves what they want to be called? Yes, right? Then why do you deny that I, too, am a Macedonian?



I have no religion, no profession, no income, no expectations.


Before you (the reader) hit the “Back” button, let me tell you: I won’t be yelling angrily at you, accusing you of being hell bent on destroying the world. Instead, I plan to make fun of you, explaining how you thoughtlessly — downright idiotically — are hell bent on destroying the world.


I thought I should repeat once more that I worked on the Bongard problems. Last time I did a web search for “Bongard” I found more than a dozen links to companies having Bongard in their title. Who wants to know about Bongard enterprises! The only interesting Bongard-stuff is the Bongard problems.


I will make some claims against the idea of anarchy, it is possible that the reader might categorize me automatically among those who “support the system”, the status quo, the “ruling class”. But I’m not one of those (...) I am, I would say, a “defender of the weak”, and actually I’ve been such since my early childhood! This was the characterization my mother used for me once when I was a 6- or 7-year-old boy, to justify my behavior to another mother. I don’t remember exactly what I did, but I think I saw another child doing something unjust to a third child, and I sided with the latter. This pattern continued throughout my life to date.



#18016

dizastar posted:

im readin Sultan Galiev, le père de la révolution tiers-mondiste (sultan galiev, father of third worldist revolution). history book surrounding sultan galiev, his theory of national liberation and his relation towards the CPSU. I just started it but i feel like its gonna be an important read to me, its never been translated into english and i dont know if theres much reading material about him in english so i'm even thinking about translating it for my pals at tHE rHizzonE and compiling it into a thread. poster parenti if u read this and you're interested i could scan it and we'd divide the chapters in half for translation work



The book is available on libgen already, so there's no need for a scan (http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=ADF9A632C43EB4CAF1774407D030219D) -- a translation would be extremely valuable however, as there's not much of his work been translated beyond excerpts and the like, and a full book on him is missing (albeit the book "Muslim National Communism in the Soviet Union: A Revolutionary Strategy for the Colonial World" discusses him extensively, and is very good)

#18017
i am reading about the first world war, as an event it was very bad, tragic in fact, but the book i am reading about it is very good,
#18018

Sunday posted:

i am reading about the first world war, as an event it was very bad, tragic in fact, but the book i am reading about it is very good,



#18019
i gave up for like a year on trying to read a garbage pdf scan of cyclonpopedia and instead finally bought an ok used reprint of it

i will hopefully finish this soon and go mad asap
#18020
reading about Peloton treadmills injuring children. at least one child died so I can't very well not post about it on tHE r H i z z o n E
#18021
reading a consumer safety commission statement explaining that if your dog, like an unnamed uncounted shadow mass of implied other dogs, gets sucked under your Peloton treadmill, it could cause "possible harm to the user if the user loses balance as a result"
#18022
now considering the possibility that the dog-eating treadmill story is a hoax orchestrated by swampman to make his posts "come alive"
#18023
Irrationally angry at ecured.cu. An encyclopedia from the Cuban socialist point of view? Nope, it just chases behind liberalism. Perfect example is the Erwin Rommel article. Not once does the article question why he is well regarded. Not once does it say that this might be a result of people trying to salvage the more "pure" segments of German fascism from the anti-semitic and overtly-implicated-in-genocide portions, salvaging the anti-communist aspect. Nope, it just goes on about how he's a hero of the German nation. Meanwhile, the Stalin article depicts a monster. This cool socialist encyclopedia considers Rommel a hero but not one positive thing to say about Stalin. Just another example of ecured tailing behind liberalism. It's interesting that an online wiki made by a socialist country is unironically more anti-communist and less nuanced than Wikipedia. Probably because of the hegemony of liberal ideology and that Cuban communists, who have more contact with american left-liberals than North Korea for example, are influenced by this and don't try to truly construct their own paradigm.
#18024
seems like a great and not terrible idea to ascribe an absurd caricature point of view to all "Cuban communists" en masse because of this Web site you don't like. also to insult that entire group under the pretense that you've deduced the cause of their unified hive-mind opinion, again as dictated by this one Web site you read.
#18025
huh..... now that I type it all out that actually seems like it's not a good idea at all... shit..
#18026

cars posted:

seems like a great and not terrible idea to ascribe an absurd caricature point of view to all "Cuban communists" en masse because of this Web site you don't like. also to insult that entire group under the pretense that you've deduced the cause of their unified hive-mind opinion, again as dictated by this one Web site you read.



You're right I'm being a bit dramatic, I really mean the people who edit the wiki. I'll back away from typing some statement about the general ideological state of Cuba and simply say that a good amount of the editors of the wiki are of a radical liberal flavor but who knows how many people in Cuba even care about it. I was also being a bit dramatic when I called it more anti-communist than Wikipedia, there's definitely many things on there you would never read on Wikipedia. The North Korea article for example is positive, although brief. Ignore the my more dramatic statements but I just really don't like that website.

#18027

SlovenianCuisine posted:

cars posted:

seems like a great and not terrible idea to ascribe an absurd caricature point of view to all "Cuban communists" en masse because of this Web site you don't like. also to insult that entire group under the pretense that you've deduced the cause of their unified hive-mind opinion, again as dictated by this one Web site you read.

You're right I'm being a bit dramatic, I really mean the people who edit the wiki. I'll back away from typing some statement about the general ideological state of Cuba and simply say that a good amount of the editors of the wiki are of a radical liberal flavor but who knows how many people in Cuba even care about it. I was also being a bit dramatic when I called it more anti-communist than Wikipedia, there's definitely many things on there you would never read on Wikipedia. The North Korea article for example is positive, although brief. Ignore the my more dramatic statements but I just really don't like that website.


i cant read, but it looks like that article is almost unchanged from when it was first written in 2011, with the main reference being microsoft encarta 2008. it was the 3rd article the creating user made, preceded by "Mula" and "Bombardeos atómicos sobre Hiroshima y Nagasaki," and succeeded by "Banda de hermanos," mel gibson's "Corazón valiente," "El Pacífico (miniserie de 2010)," "Camelot (serie de televisión)," "El último de los Mohicanos (Película)" and "Constantine" featuring keanu reaves. their last activity was in 2014, creating the article for robert youngs "Vampire Circus"

hth

#18028
slowly working through paul valéry's collected works. now reading 'poems in the rough'
#18029
I'm currently reading a terrible book on yugoslavia which unsurprisingly gets worse and worse the more it talks about the communist party (its this one https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781403915665 , chose it at random on account of being the only vaguely decent overview i could find). a cursory search here didn't turn up any results for me, so im curious if anyone has any recommendations for books on yugoslavian history, including more specialized ones like to kill a nation or one's concerning regional/proximally neighboring history more generally
#18030

ribaraca posted:

if anyone has any recommendations for books on yugoslavian history...



BannedThought recently added a section on Yugoslavia, but there's no books on it's collapse unfortunately

#18031

ribaraca posted:

I'm currently reading a terrible book on yugoslavia which unsurprisingly gets worse and worse the more it talks about the communist party (its this one https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781403915665 , chose it at random on account of being the only vaguely decent overview i could find). a cursory search here didn't turn up any results for me, so im curious if anyone has any recommendations for books on yugoslavian history, including more specialized ones like to kill a nation or one's concerning regional/proximally neighboring history more generally



First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia by David N. Gibbs is quite good

#18032
see also the book/thread linked in this post in a completely different thread
#18033
SOCIALIST SELF-ADMINISTRATION: A CAPITALIST THEORY AND PRAXIS BY ENVER HOXHA
#18034
Reading the colonizers model of the world by JM Blaut, it is a pretty cool examination of the idea that rationality/progress emanates from Europe and how it affects so many different aspects of academic thought and colonialist practice
#18035
Re-freshing about Jim Jones reminded me that there were multiple camps in that region of Guyana, including Hilltown of Rabbi Emmanuel Washington, who he notes provided muscle for Burnham. Anyway, that reminded me about Walter Rodney's "People's Power, No Dictator" about Burnham, but more widely applicable to the adoption of socialist trappings by "leaders" without actually, like, doing socialism. i forgot to read it 2+ years ago, and so I am reading that:

https://www.marxists.org/subject/africa/rodney-walter/works/peoplespowernodictator.htm
#18036
im reading emmanuel's unequal exchange, this time its actually making sense for me which is nice
#18037
i'm reading fanshen by william hinton(more like "epic win"ton) and it extremely kicks ass. i'm rooting for these peasants to complete land reform and 'fanshen'!!
#18038
do you have the Fanshen where the title is written in the Star Trek font? possibly the most powerful Fanshen
#18039

cars posted:

do you have the Fanshen where the title is written in the Star Trek font? possibly the most powerful Fanshen


i don't think so but my copy does have this cover which i think looks cool

#18040