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Postby Fullscreen » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:45 pm

Just got Kim Moody's In Solidarity today after reading one of his essays.

What are some good left publishers outside of haymarket and verso?
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Postby alaska » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:58 pm

AK press puts out good stuff sometimes (generally more anarchisty than Verso, although i just read jonathan smucker's how-to hegemony, which they put out & which is moderately critical of tendencies in like US aughts anarchism)
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Postby Fullscreen » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:39 pm

dissent's belabored podcast is doing some good work but their audio is fucking horrendous. guest panels are just recorded cell phone conversations and they've been doing this for like 150 episodes.
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Postby scrumptown » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:23 pm

check out some of the recent books from semiotext(e)'s interventions series
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Postby Fullscreen » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:04 pm

scrumptown wrote:check out some of the recent books from semiotext(e)'s interventions series

oh thanks dude, great stuff.
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Postby alaska » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:51 pm

Fullscreen wrote:dissent's belabored podcast is doing some good work but their audio is fucking horrendous. guest panels are just recorded cell phone conversations and they've been doing this for like 150 episodes.


Lol yeah

They're such fantastic reporters, but they're already probably the driest podcast I try to keep in regular rotation, and the 30-minute fuzzy calls don't help
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Postby buriedinspace » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:47 pm

Verso Books has an e-book giveaway this weekend:

https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4033-last-chance-flash-ebook-giveaway
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Postby Kenny » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:36 am

What are the foundational reads of socialism/communism/leftism?

I'm talking the big uns that everybody should read
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Postby freezinseason » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:39 am

Kenny wrote:What are the foundational reads of socialism/communism/leftism?

I'm talking the big uns that everybody should read


Capital vol. 1-3 :D
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Postby silverapples » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:12 am

The Communist manifesto, napoleon's 18th brumaire. Those two are heaps good. I just started reading the German ideology, liking it a lot so far
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Postby silverapples » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:14 am

I would recommend the haymarket edition of the manifesto, and if you can't find that, at least avoid the newer penguin ones at all costs. Absolutely the worst introduction to Marxism I have ever read, and it takes up more than half the actual printed matter
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Postby freezinseason » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:28 am

silverapples wrote:I would recommend the haymarket edition of the manifesto, and if you can't find that, at least avoid the newer penguin ones at all costs. Absolutely the worst introduction to Marxism I have ever read, and it takes up more than half the actual printed matter


is that the gareth steadman jones one?
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Postby silverapples » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:55 am

Yeah. I'm not sure how one can be "Britain's leading expert on Marx and Marxism" whilst making frequent unfounded assertions that communism is a dead idea that had its time
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Postby freezinseason » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:17 am

is that the bookchin book where he opens with a whine about feminists?
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Postby Sobieski » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:23 am

No, but I’m trying to find where Marx mentions women at all
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Postby freezinseason » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:34 am

"Too many ecofeminists, albeit not all, now tend to privilege women over men cognitively and morally, while the original universalist and egalitarian approach of the feminist movement has withered significantly." - from the intro of the book you just recommended as a must-read.

thats the part i was remembering, im not too familiar with bookchin, but every excerpt ive read he always seems like a really miserable person lol.
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Postby Sobieski » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:35 am

although bookchin wrote a lot and definitely had issues with deep ecology and ecofeminism, so I wouldn’t sign off on everything or know everything he said


also while we’re here I want to say if we’re looking at the foundations of socialism we should look at the French Revolution and before and not at marx
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Postby silverapples » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:36 am

Try engels
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Postby water, sunbeams » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:53 am

Trotsky's history of the Russian revolution
Lenin's State and Revolution
Mao's "On contradiction" introduced by zizek is good
Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
Wretched of the Earth by Fanon
Anarchist stuff like kropotkin or bakunin for a balanced criticism or the state in power. Read about the Cuban revolution and the Spanish.
I guess just read everything out there.
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Postby light rail coyote » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:59 pm

water, sunbeams wrote:Trotsky's history of the Russian revolution
Lenin's State and Revolution
Mao's "On contradiction" introduced by zizek is good
Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
Wretched of the Earth by Fanon
Anarchist stuff like kropotkin or bakunin for a balanced criticism or the state in power. Read about the Cuban revolution and the Spanish.
I guess just read everything out there.


state and revolution is my #1 for introductory reading on marxist politics. it functions both as a really concise and readable explanation of the marxist view of the state while also a functional example of a communist party platform. petty start with that.

I'd add trotsky's "the revolution betrayed" and "reform or revolution?" by luxemburg too
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:06 pm

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Postby Chyet » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:39 pm

Durham wrote:


came here to post this
was always pretty dumb to assume that we'd reached a final universal and felt like dude was slapping his prejudices on a really shallow reading of Hegel's Phenomenology
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Postby Chyet » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:46 pm

also i like that bookchin but ecology of freedom is the one that did it for me. his urbanization against cities lectures on youtube was also great

https://libcom.org/files/Murray_Bookchi ... m_1982.pdf
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Postby quilty » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:38 pm

galbraith's salty chapter on marx from a tv series he hosted on the history of economics
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Postby Legion » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:10 pm



The relationship between Galbraith and his son is fascinating to me. Probably because it reminds me of my own ideological differences with my dad.

Starts at page 10:


The concept of the predator state has its origins in a book that was published
fifty years ago alongside the founding of this caucus. It’s a book called
The New Industrial State. It is my father’s work, and its fiftieth anniversary was
celebrated this year at the large economic forums held in March in St. Petersburg
and Moscow. Given the acknowledged catastrophes inflicted on Russia
by the neoliberal policies of the 1990s — and the continuing orientation along
those lines of the present Russian government, notwithstanding how it is
widely viewed in the West — there is a major Galbraith revival in Russia. It is
spearheaded by the leadership of the Free Economic Society, an institution
founded in 1765 under Catherine the Great, with a present membership of two
hundred and fifty thousand.

The New Industrial State was an avant-le-déluge effort to wean economics
from its competitive marketplace illusions by introducing the large corporation
and its countervailing entities: unions, the government, and civil society,
along with the technical, scientific, and intellectual estates. Of course, in the
five decades since the book was published, many American corporations have
been destabilized. Their unions have been crippled, the banks have returned
to a central position that they did not hold in the 1960s and the supporting
institutions of the twentieth-century dispensation including Social Security,
Medicare, public education, as well as military procurement and bank bailouts,
have become central rather than peripheral elements of our economy. And
that is why our politics have come to revolve around them. In this way, the
predator state has evolved from the damage inflicted on the planning system
by neoliberal reform.


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Postby Sobieski » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:14 pm

quilty wrote:galbraith's salty chapter on marx from a tv series he hosted on the history of economics

the actor they got to play marx is cracking me up
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