#18361
p good article, a socialist feminist whirlwind tour of animal rights

https://lux-magazine.com/article/our-animals-ourselves/
#18362
red mars, kim stanley robinson
#18363
i'm reading a book by A Trot on cambodia and while it is at odds with some of the established liberal interpretation of things in interesting ways he also keeps saying Trot things that seem wrong or are just kind of stupid. might post about it in more detail later on..
#18364
i was trying to remember something about juan guaido so i looked at a bunch of articles and this one made me laugh because they spelled his name three different ways in the first two paragraphs: https://time.com/5518443/juan-guaido-interview-venezuela/

Three weeks ago, few Venezuelans knew Juan Guaidó’s name. Today, the 35-year-old is the international face of Venezuelan protest. More than a dozen countries have officially backed Guidó’s claim to be his country’s interim president and tens of thousands of people have turned out on the streets to support him.

After years of economic crisis and repression under Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime, politicians and the public have rallied around Guiado, who is leader of the opposition-held parliament, which was stripped of its powers in 2017. On Jan. 23, he was sworn in as acting president on the basis that Maduro’s second term was illegitimate and that the constitution says the parliament leader must take charge in a power vacuum. In the week since, Guaidó has appointed members of a parallel government and persuaded the U.S. to impose crippling sanctions that will make it harder and harder for Maduro to cling to power.

third one is the funniest, because iirc that's what his detractors call him; it means "guided," which is pretty ace nameplay

#18365
i am reading SPERM COUNT: OVERCOME BY MANS MOST PRECIOUS FLUID by LISA MOOORE
#18366
a long time ago someone recommended Samuel Farber's "Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959" which is supposed to be a balanced assessment. as soon as i saw "regime" get mentioned i got skeptical and after reading a chapter or two i started randomly skipping through the book to see if there was anything of value. Farber's book is basically a huge dump on the revolution, based on initial impressions probably 95% negative, 5% positive. he complains they've been too hard on counter revolutionaries, oh they don't pose a threat, not enough freedom. he has this section that argues that not only is Cuba not socialist but it isn't even progressive. Quote: "Whatever the very long lasting Cuban political regime may have accomplished at one point may have little relevance to subsequent generations of Cubans."

yes, there were mistakes and contradictions along the way, but revolution is messy business and back-seating every moment just comes across as utopian. this guy is either a trot or a lib that just needs to accept that he wants a social democracy.

it's kind of funny because just a few years ago i was going through an anti-revisionist phase and it took some time to realize hey, these are experiments happening in an imperialist world with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and material conditions, have some understanding

Edit: lol of course

#18367
sam farber is an amerikan who was born in cuba before the rev then moved to the us, in 1958. contributed to socialist worker newspaper & isn't that interesting
#18368
i have half a dozen little piles of books lying around this place and i'm reading all of them all the time. basic crochet techniques and torkil lausen and carl sandberg and laozi and how to rig up miniscule hydropower generators. i don't have enough time
#18369
i just started reading shenfan and even in the preface there's already some interesting stuff:

William Hinton posted:

Lack of strategic consensus has had an incalculable influence on the reconstruction of China since 1949. The right and left swings that constantly distorted policy in the post-land-reform period were nothing new, but in the absence of consensus the swings tended to be far more extreme and far more destructive than they had before. Foot-dragging by an important section of the leadership that disagreed on strategic goals often served to undermine and slow down political initiatives. But by taking the opposite tack, these leaders could, if they felt like it, speed up those initiatives and carry them to extremes for the sole purpose of discrediting not only the initiatives themselves, but the overall direction of the movement. Once ultraleft errors make radical programs look absurd, the substitution of conservative alternatives becomes easy. Whether or not anyone ever consciously carried out such devious manurers, objectively the ball clearly bounded that way.

#18370
currently reading the leaked supposed Alito decision regarding overturning roe v wade
#18371

JohnBeige posted:

currently reading the leaked supposed Alito decision regarding overturning roe v wade

How well does it hang together as a legal argument

#18372

littlegreenpills posted:

How well does it hang together as a legal argument

probably less well than the people who made it

#18373
I left a copy of Cyclonopedia on my desk and now my partner has been ripping on the title for two days straight. "Are you enjoying Mindograms: Pescaterian Spaceship Relations?" Also the person at the book store, whom I know, acted like ordering/buying it was a symptom of crisis. Fifty pages in, do not recommend.

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#18374
United $naKKKe$ Supreme Court opinions don't have to make legal arguments. They're flawless cases for CLS, because when you make it to the top of bourgeois judiciary, you take your mask off and just make the law up from your preexisting beliefs. You're insulated from everyone and everything and a global dictator for life, who can stop you? The only constant is that you cosplay Fourth of July Uncle-Sam-on-stilts in every document. If you don't believe me, read literally any U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning baseball.
#18375

winebaby posted:

I left a copy of Cyclonopedia on my desk and now my partner has been ripping on the title for two days straight. "Are you enjoying Mindograms: Pescaterian Spaceship Relations?" Also the person at book store, whom I know, acted like ordering/buying it was a symptom of crisis. Fifty pages in, do not recommend.

cyclonopedia is cool imo, and your partner sounds rude as heck!

#18376

lo posted:

winebaby posted:

I left a copy of Cyclonopedia on my desk and now my partner has been ripping on the title for two days straight. "Are you enjoying Mindograms: Pescaterian Spaceship Relations?" Also the person at book store, whom I know, acted like ordering/buying it was a symptom of crisis. Fifty pages in, do not recommend.

cyclonopedia is cool imo, and your partner sounds rude as heck!

sorry, I also think it is cool, it's the mockery of my peers that i cannot endure

#18377
the dissent on FEC vs. Cruz. which i guess proves my point earlier on this page but it’s also pretty lol because the dissenting opinion is just straight up saying right at the beginning that the majority has legalized bribery in national elections
#18378
kathryn cramer's majors thesis from the ontario college of art and design "a thousand futures" wherein she teaches one how to make saleable sci fi's in the wired magazine era
#18379
my workplace sent out an email to everyone today saying that the corporate office is retroactively celebrating April as Arab American Heritage month and therefore they would like to “determine the population” of “Arab Americans” or those with “Middle East and North African (MENA) ancestry” in the company through self-reporting. ok
#18380

cars posted:

my workplace sent out an email to everyone today saying that the corporate office is retroactively celebrating April as Arab American Heritage month and therefore they would like to “determine the population” of “Arab Americans” or those with “Middle East and North African (MENA) ancestry” in the company through self-reporting. ok

lmao

#18381
Thinking about reading Nihilist Communism: A Critique of Optimism in the Far Left. Is it worth it or is it just left com whining?
#18382
been going through conscienism by nkrumah because i am eager to learn as little about philosophy as possible.
#18383
Slowly reading the last three issues of Monthly Review, next month I hope to have enough scratch to buy "Destruction of the European Jews" but also maybe go on a trip idk
#18384
nkrumah on development is really good. like probably necessary reading at this point to understand it at all
#18385
i'm making my way through shenfan, and i think it's very good. i can see why it is less read than fanshen though given that it is covering so much more material in a way that can't be easily be put into a structure and raises more questions than it answers. it seems somewhat critical of mao as well which i wasn't really expecting, but it seems like hinton at the time of writing was really worried about the problems that ultra left currents could create, and less attuned to the rightists in the party(although he does mention the idea, popular in china during the cultural revolution, that a lot of ultra leftism was deliberately encouraged by the capitalist roaders so that when it inevitably failed they could step in and start pushing private enterprise). according to this article his viewpoint shifted quite a bit after his experiences in working in china during the deng reforms and he ultimately back came around to a lot of mao's ideas that he had been sceptical of in the mid to late 70s: https://monthlyreview.org/2005/03/01/william-hinton-on-the-cultural-revolution/
#18386
Bought Das Kapital volumes 1-3. Trip report a decade from now.
#18387

Populares posted:

Bought Das Kapital volumes 1-3. Trip report a decade from now.

Capital is a good read, might be important someday.

#18388
#18389

winebaby posted:

i love cyclonopedia but that's a brutal own lol

#18390
i'm currently reading vivek chibber's new book called the class matrix. he defends structural, materialist class theory against objections stemming from the "cultural turn." in doing so, he takes on some of the points that these culturally inclined theorists make, and revises elements of marxist theory in light of them, namely the issue of class formation. i'm only 50 pgs or so in, but it is interesting and well written so far. i will make an effortpost about the book when i finish, i think

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tears posted:

i've been trying to a sense of what's going on, especially with inflation, but to little avail. these two articles are the most useful i've come across, but if you have anything else along these lines please let me know

articles:
https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2022/05/09/inflation-wages-versus-profits/
https://www.phenomenalworld.org/analysis/controlled-prices/

#18391
shoutout to new york times's paywall. by interrupting me before i can waste my limited time and focus hate-reading some fascist dreck, it provides simple & effective memetic prophylaxis, and i don't think i've ever expressed my genuine appreciation

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#18392

edit:

tears posted:

i've been trying to a sense of what's going on, especially with inflation, but to little avail. these two articles are the most useful i've come across, but if you have anything else along these lines please let me know

articles:
https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2022/05/09/inflation-wages-versus-profits/
https://www.phenomenalworld.org/analysis/controlled-prices/

a few things:

https://critiqueofcrisistheory.wordpress.com/global-economic-and-financial-war-erupts/
https://critiqueofcrisistheory.wordpress.com/economic-prospects/

tony norfield: twitter dot come: StubbornFacts

#18393
this week in shenfan, william hinton is talking to people about the period after the great leap forward where there was a rightward turn, and i hadn't realised just how far liu shaoqi and deng went with encouraging private enterprise and trying to deco-operatise agriculture even at this time. there's accounts of dudes starting to speculate on property, set up businesses, basically becoming entrepreneurs ect etc. in some areas(long bow, where the book tales place was one of these) cadres and peasants actively resisted this though and the co-ops still existed although in a reduced form. i also hadn't realised deng's famous bit about the 'black cat or white cat' wasn't something that he said about the 80s reforms, but specifically about the return of private enterprise after the great leap, which was framed as a total disaster just as the cultural revolution would be later on. interesting to see similar justification being attached to the rightward shift for both of them.
#18394
one cool minor thing about shenfan that i'm enjoying is that hinton spends a lot of time just hanging out with all these people he hadn't seen since 1949. at one point we learn that hinton's daughter was a red guard who denounced some guy as being a revisionist, then the said guy comes in and hangs out with them and says that he doesn't blame her for denouncing him because if someone's going to be denounced why shouldn't it be him since he was in power at that time.
#18395
ty for shenfan posting lo.
#18396

cars posted:

ty for shenfan posting lo.

i'm here to chew bubblegum and make posts about maoism, and i'm completely out of bubblegum

#18397
i didn't know till just now that dave mcgowan(conspiracy researcher who wrote programmed to kill) once wrote a pro stalin blogpost that aligns nearly 1:1 with antirevisionism lol, he even namedrops ludo martens in the references at the end

If Stalin had in fact purged the Red Army of its best officers, if he had “betrayed the revolution” by purging all the party loyalists, then the conquest of the USSR would have proven to be the easy victory that it was scheduled to be. Instead, it was precisely because the Soviet Union did what the European nations failed to do – purged their army of fascist ‘fifth columnists’ prepared to sell out the Russian people – that the Red Army triumphed rather than sitting the war out.
Without the purges, the Red Army would have fallen apart, as previous foes of the Nazi war machine had done, unable to withstand the Nazi blitzkrieg. Were the purges brutal? Probably so. Were there excesses? Undoubtedly. But would the outcome of World War II, and the last sixty years of human history, have been much different without them? Undeniably.
As Party official Georgi Malenkov noted: “In the light of the war and its results, we perceive in all its magnitude the importance of that implacable struggle which over a period of many years our Party waged against every brand of enemy of Marxism-Leninism … the Party in good time destroyed all possibility of the appearance of a ‘fifth column’ in the U.S.S.R., and prepared the country politically for active defence. It will be easily understood that if this had not been done in time, we should, during the war, have found ourselves under fire from the front and the rear, and might have lost the war.”
So the purges achieved the desired result, but were they necessary, or was there another option? I don’t have an answer for that, but I do know this: Western intelligence agencies are remarkably skilled, now as then, at structuring the game so that it is a no-win situation for the opponent.
...
So if I have this right, this is basically what happened: Stalin was convinced that there were elements within his administration, likely working in collusion with Western interests, who were plotting against him, and just days before evidence of that plot was to be aired at trial, Stalin just happened to die. Immediately thereafter, all charges were quickly dropped against all the accused conspirators. The brave soul who felled the beast, if he was in fact assassinated, was rewarded by being sent before a firing squad. One of the men who had denied medical treatment to the fallen leader, and then lied repeatedly about it, and then arranged for Beria’s execution, rose up to assume Stalin’s throne. This same man quickly “tempered Soviet hostility,” which really means that he began working with the very same Western interests that Stalin had so feared. From the time of Stalin’s death, the new breed of Soviet leaders began covertly converting the Soviet Union to a capitalist system, while they and their Washington counterparts continued for forty more years to pretend as though the two nations were still ideological rivals. However, no one should conclude from any of that there ever was any actual plot to do away with Stalin.

#18398
Great coincidence lo, what do you think about programmed to kill? I started reading it yesterday its pretty batshit insane, but im kind of convinced
#18399

marknat posted:

Great coincidence lo, what do you think about programmed to kill? I started reading it yesterday its pretty batshit insane, but im kind of convinced

i haven't really read it yet, i skimmed bits and pieces a while ago but need to actually dive in at some point. the impression i got is that many of the links between serial killers and CIA mkultra stuff seem reasonable enough, but he seems to be pushing the idea that mkultra techniques can do basically sci fi things to the mind which i am not so sure of. but i don't really have a full opinion yet because i haven't properly read it. it seems like the book covers like a million things that could all have books of their own written about them as well

#18400
Lol amazing find Io.
My impression of PTK was that he left most of the “how” up to the interpretation of the reader. By covering the highlights and most suspicious aspects of case after case I think he achieves the goal of making the reader feel like “there must be some conspiracy going on here.” I am partial to agreeing with that sentiment - but with hindsight feel somewhat underwhelmed on what was actually outlined. My memory is that it mostly breaks down to being “serial killers aren't a real category and cases claimed to be such are actually connected to organized crime/drugs, done by cult activity/groups killing people, corrupt police using one scapegoat to clean up old unsolved crimes, and/or something more nefarious connected to the feds/the rich/politicians/etc.”

I’m currently reading all the Elric of Melnibone stories. Even if they are pulp, hack and slash fantasy I’m finding them infinity more compelling, interesting, human even than any modern fantasy I’ve tried (and given up on) to read in recent years.

I’m also working my way through some introductory review/summary kind of books on permaculture/sustainable agriculture. Any recommendations for good books on the subject would be welcome.

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