#18041
the cpi (maoist) MLM course was a crazy good book. short, concise, gets straight to the point. amazing read
im reading night vision rn and sea of fertility by mishima. night vision is great, a bit underwhelming but still makes good point, it has what settlers lacked which is theorizing gender and full focus on contemporary issues with race&class. that part about the middle ages witch hunt was interesting, i didnt know nothing about it and always thought the witch hunt was spiritualist coated misogynistic nonsense but it actually had deep material reasons behind it. some medievalist person told me a while ago that women during the middle ages in europe had an impressive freedom that was crushed during the arrival of capitalism but now i have more details on it. the murder of women for men to take a hold of their business was very similar to other stories of ethnic cleansing and genocide through history, like the jews in nazi germany, americas indians for their land and so on. reminds me of that discussion on bataille's accursed share people were talking about here a while back, how capitalist accumulation is rooted in genocide in a 'sacrificial' sort of way
#18042
did you know you can search for awarded grants at the National Endowment for Democracy, and get free open transparent access to all the information about their grants except for who they go to lol

https://www.ned.org/wp-content/themes/ned/search/grant-search.php?organizationName=&region=Latin+America+%26+Caribbean&projectCountry=Venezuela&amount=&fromDate=&toDate==&search=&maxCount=100&orderBy=NewYear&start=1&sbmt=1
#18043
e: nvm i got your point a few seconds too late

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#18044

Bablu posted:

e: nvm i got your point a few seconds too late



#18045
hi bablu
#18046
sup acdtrux, what are you reading these days?
#18047
forums, and also, the Qur'an mostly
#18048

babyfinland posted:

I've been reading Qur'an



Acdtrux posted:

also, the Qur'an mostly



/thread we've come full circle

#18049
Just started The Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan. It is promising, and I like him more than Cixin Liu.
#18050
I am reading H.P. Lovecraft again. I enjoy how he'll be like, "There was the matter of the stones of the mountain demonstrating a characteristic curvature that geologists found unlikely to result from normal weathering," and in the same paragraph, "There was also the matter of the procession of hundreds of howling, torch-bearing strangers up and down the hillside every Walpurgis Night, when the local farmers did not fail to discuss each year the shadowy, half-materialized tendrils dozens of yards in height that lashed through the sky as a blood-red rain poured down upon the valley" as though these two things would be equally easy for the world at large to ignore. idk maybe if it's Vermont.
#18051
thinking about Lovecraft reading the worst-written part of Horror at Red Hook out loud to somebody and saying "Moloch and Ashtaroth were not absent," in an incredibly smug voice, like damn you thought they might have been absent? when goats just leaped to the sound of thin accursed flutes? the Hell they were.. dumbass.....
#18052
i vaguely remember reading an ancient post somewhere that told a story in first person about getting stoned with some people etc. the post then told the same story in lovecraftian purple prose and it was very funny, but i cant find it anywhere.
#18053

cars posted:

I am reading H.P. Lovecraft again. I enjoy how he'll be like, "There was the matter of the stones of the mountain demonstrating a characteristic curvature that geologists found unlikely to result from normal weathering," and in the same paragraph, "There was also the matter of the procession of hundreds of howling, torch-bearing strangers up and down the hillside every Walpurgis Night, when the local farmers did not fail to discuss each year the shadowy, half-materialized tendrils dozens of yards in height that lashed through the sky as a blood-red rain poured down upon the valley" as though these two things would be equally easy for the world at large to ignore. idk maybe if it's Vermont.


whisperer in darkness is my favorite for this, how the first few pages outline how everyone just collectively chose to ignore the extensive mining operations of the alien-crab-people in vermont

#18054

tears posted:

whisperer in darkness is my favorite for this, how the first few pages outline how everyone just collectively chose to ignore the extensive mining operations of the alien-crab-people in vermont



Literally the one I was thinking of lmao

#18055
I just finished up listening to an audiobook of The Dunwich Horror while "working" & I'd forgotten that half of it is like, haunted Zoom calls on a town's party line, then the story's climax is described to the reader by a bunch of hicks watching it from a half-mile away through a telescope in broad daylight. Evidence builds for my reading of the being at the end of Case of Charles Dexter Ward as Lovecraft bungee jumping into his own story to solve the hero's problems so Lovecraft can stop writing him already
#18056
the one i read recently was pickman's model which after it got all the obligatory pre-gambrel roof stuff out the way was one long italian spiderman gif
#18057
Anyone have a good book recommendation for a history of 20th century Greece
#18058

pogfan1996 posted:

Anyone have a good book recommendation for a history of 20th century Greece



https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/greece/index.htm

#18059
have started a great book (more of a pamphlet really) - Mahmood Mamdani's Imperialism and Fascism in Uganda, 1984. it's a brief history of imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism in uganda, but more than that really its just one part of the african marxists' development of marxism, a huge wealth of writing and theory which is so grossly ignored in the west.

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#18060


Now your racist grandma doesn’t have an excuse
#18061
if i preorder do i get the gonzalo thought dlc for free?
#18062
Get your bath water that was used to boil REAL BABIES for only $19.99
#18063
*pulling an XXL version of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course from the pocket of my XXL cargo jorts* no excuses grandma
#18064
*walks into grandmas house shirtless but with giant cargo shorts on and adidas flip-flops, turn my jacked up Galaxy S7 on to film the whole show, proceed to pull a massive vape rig out of my 107th pocket, blow the biggest cloud man has ever seen, and, from behind the fog, pull out my XXXXXL copy of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course, waving it in grandmas face screaming* no excuses grandma
#18065
while you were playing bingo i studied the mlm
#18066
grandma get off the lathe and read this!!!!!
#18067
Preface to the Large Print Edition
#18068

tears posted:

have started a great book (more of a pamphlet really) - Mahmood Mamdani's Imperialism and Fascism in Uganda, 1984. it's a brief history of imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism in uganda, but more than that really its just one part of the african marxists' development of marxism, a huge wealth of writing and theory which is so grossly ignored in the west.


i'd love to read more stuff by african marxists but i think just accessing their writings might be difficult in a lot of cases. the guy who wrote 'naija marxisms' talks about how a lot of the works he references in that book were only available in like a couple of random provincial libraries in wales and similar places. many of the works weren't available in nigeria where they were written, let alone elsewhere. and like almost every single thinker he talks about sounds cool and worth reading, so it's frustrating!

#18069
i have started reading richard j evans trilogy on the third reich and hell, its good
#18070
I'm personally against the third reich and think it was bad
#18071
i think about this post a lot.

Acdtrux posted:

Walter Benjamin was reading for his entire life. He applied to a university, and submitted an essay that consisted entirely of quotations of other authors. He was not accepted. Theodor W Adorno personally criticized his philosophy and suggested he stopped being funded by the institute for social research. Under extraordinarily unlikely circumstances, he was discovered by fascist police on his way out of Germany, and subsequently took his own life.

I could not imagine a more successful career for an author.

#18072
Request to re-host Unequal Exchange and the Prospects for Socialism by the Communist Working Group. The original site got hacked and taken down:

https://web.archive.org/web/20170919180628/http://snylterstaten.dk/english/manifest-communist-working-group-cwg

It's already in plain text but I can convert it into a PDF, print it, crumple it up, scan it using a 1970s scanner, then use a Slovenian OCR software to convert it into an excel file. Judging by prior submissions to karphead I assume this is standard practice.
#18073
there's a good online version at anti imperialist network too: https://anti-imperialist.net/2019/11/13/unequal-exchange-and-the-prospects-of-socialism/
#18074

tears posted:

i think about this post a lot.

Acdtrux posted:

He applied to a university, and submitted an essay that consisted entirely of quotations of other authors. He was not accepted.


it's always nice to learn that the shame of your own personal failures link you into a glorious tradition of fail-aids, like how being punished in school wasn't really a punishment if you weren't alone. on the other end of the fellow-travellers of frankfurt school, reportedly sohn-rethel

asked for the three volumes of Capital as a Christmas present when he was about to turn 17. A few years later, at university in Heidelberg, he immersed himself in the first sixty pages of Marx’s book for a whole year and a half, riveted by the theory of value.


again, who here hasn't? some of us are probably procrastinating rn

#18075
i think about this a lot

dimashq posted:

tears posted:

like everyone i am interested in the origins of christian metalcore

Yes


YEEYYAAAHHH!!!
WHO ELSE GETTING CRUNK OFF JEZZZ JIZZZ

#18076
reading capital at nine days per page. estimated time until completion of entire bibliography, 2,021 years
#18077
H.G. Wells interviews Stalin

Wells: I agree with much of what you have said.

But I would like to stress the point that if a country as a whole adopts the principle of planned economy, if the government, gradually, step by step, begins consistently to apply this principle, the financial oligarchy will at last be abolished and socialism, in the Anglo-Saxon meaning of the word, will be brought about. The effect of the ideas of Roosevelt's "New Deal" is most powerful, and in my opinion they are socialist ideas. It seems to me that instead of stressing the antagonism between the two worlds, we should, in the present circumstances, strive to establish a common tongue for all the constructive forces.

Stalin: In speaking of the impossibility of realising the principles of planned economy while preserving the economic basis of capitalism, I do not in the least desire to belittle the outstanding personal qualities of Roosevelt, his initiative, courage and determination. Undoubtedly, Roosevelt stands out as one of the strongest figures among all the captains of the contemporary capitalist world. That is why I would like, once again, to emphasize the point that my conviction that planned economy is impossible under the conditions of capitalism, does not mean that I have any doubts about the personal abilities, talent and courage of President Roosevelt. But if the circumstances are unfavourable, the most talented captain cannot reach the goal you refer to.

Theoretically, of course, the possibility of marching gradually, step by step, under the conditions of capitalism, towards the goal which you call socialism in the Anglo-Saxon meaning of the word, is not precluded.

But what will this "socialism" be? At best, bridling to some extent, the most unbridled of individual representatives of capitalist profit, some increase in the application of the principle of regulation in national economy. That is all very well. But as soon as Roosevelt, or any other captain in the contemporary bourgeois world, proceeds to undertake something serious against the foundation of capitalism, he will inevitably suffer utter defeat. The banks, the industries, the large enterprises, the large farms are not in Roosevelt's hands. All these are private property. The railroads, the mercantile fleet, all these belong to private owners. And, finally, the army of skilled workers, the engineers, the technicians, these too are not at Roosevelt's command, they are at the command of the private owners; they all work for the private owners. We must not forget the functions of the State in the bourgeois world.

The State is an institution that organises the defence of the country, organises the maintenance of "order"; it is an apparatus for collecting taxes. The capitalist State does not deal much with economy in the strict sense of the word; the latter is not in the hands of the State. On the contrary, the State is in the hands of capitalist economy. That is why I fear that in spite of all his energies and abilities, Roosevelt will not achieve the goal you mention, if indeed that is his goal. Perhaps, in the course of several generations it will be possible to approach this goal somewhat; but I personally think that even this is not very probable.

Wells: Perhaps, I believe more strongly in the economic interpretation of politics than you do...

#18078

slipdisco posted:

asked for the three volumes of Capital as a Christmas present when he was about to turn 17. A few years later, at university in Heidelberg, he immersed himself in the first sixty pages of Marx’s book for a whole year and a half, riveted by the theory of value.


#18079

slipdisco posted:

asked for the three volumes of Capital as a Christmas present when he was about to turn 17. A few years later, at university in Heidelberg, he immersed himself in the first sixty pages of Marx’s book for a whole year and a half, riveted by the theory of value.

On Christmas 1915, he expressed a wish for a copy of Karl Marx Capital as a present. He received one and studied it intensively. Thrown out of home, he participated in the anti-war student protest in his first year at Heidelberg University in 1917.(3)

#18080
reading about the January 6th Oath Keepers case and realizing that “Person Three”, the leader and organizer of the alleged armed “Quick Reaction Force”, who remains anonymous because “the person may not be arrested and charged at this time”, is almost certainly FBI or something similar. The other person referred to that way, “Person One”, is only anonymized in court documents and has had his name widely publicized by the feds.

So the guy who organized the alleged terrorist activity is probably a U.S. federal agent, well that’s completely new and unprecedented lol