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Revolutionary Memes Extreme Guide To Leftism 4.5

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Revolutionary Memes Extreme’s guide to Leftism Version 4.5

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.” -Oscar Wilde

This guide is for you to learn about socialism, and what socialists believe. Maybe you want to learn to better argue against our ideas, or deepen your understanding of the broader left. This is supposed to give you answers, ideas, or new interests. I am a leftist, and I am a communalist, I want all biases clear. Ultimately this guide is for you to actually learn the positions of the far left from a far leftist.

Everything posted besides one or two books at the end is found for FREE online.

Index:

1. Definitions

2. Short Q&A’s

3. Types of socialism

4. What is capitalism? What are our critiques?

5. What does this matter to me?

6. Common arguments addressed.

7. Admin choice of educational, interesting, or entertaining content.

1. Definition cheat sheet:

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” – your high school

“We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.” -Zizek

—Capitalism: An economic system focused on the movement of Capital, it has three main characteristics; markets, wage labor, and private ownership over the means of production. It is a specific mode of production where production is done for exchange.

—Socialism: Where the workers own the means of production. It is a different mode of production, in which production is done socially instead of for exchange. There are many forms, and you can find specific examples further down in the guide. In marxist theory it is the transitional phase to Communism.

—Communism: A form of socialism with no classes, no state, and operated on the economic principle of “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Considered moneyless as well. Someone is classified as a communist if they ultimately want this goal.

—Capital: The private ownership over wealth in the form of factories, firms, banks, or large swaths of money. Capital is used by the capitalist class (the people and shareholders that control these private entities) to accumulate profit. It is distinct from one’s personal house or wage as these are ends to living in themselves.

—Means of Production: From wikipedia, “the means of production are physical, non-human inputs used for the production of economic value, such as facilities, machinery, tools,infrastructural capital and natural capital.

The means of production includes two broad categories of objects: instruments of labor (tools, factories, infrastructure, etc.) and subjects of labor (natural resources and raw materials). If creating a good, people operate on the subjects of labor, using the instruments of labor, to create a product; or, stated another way, labour acting on the means of production creates a good.”

—Private v Personal property: Private property is the Means of Production, say a toothbrush factory or a large firm that owns thousands of empty or rented out houses. Personal property is your own used property to live and enjoy yourself, say your toothbrush or your own personal house.

—Class: your role in society related to material conditions and economic/political/social power, including the bourgeoisie (capitalist class, 1%), and proletariat (working class) among others that exist today, and throughout history as different economic systems such a feudalism had (lord and serf, master and slave, ect.).

Search for a specific term:

https://www.marxists.org/glossary/

2. Common Questions:

“No such thing as a stupid question, just stupid people” -our parents

Q: Why hasn’t socialism won yet / out competed capitalism?

A: The simple answer is: it just hasn’t, we live in a world still dominated by global capital, it is sort of like asking “Why hasn’t capitalism won out yet” during feudal times.

Q: Isn’t it just government programs/nationalized industries/taxes?

A: Socialism is a mode of production, a government is apart of the system of capitalism and works within the framework of capitalism, the mode of production where there is exchange between commodities. To go beyond a private/public dichotomy is to understand that socialists want to change the very way we relate with production, products of society, and each other.

It becomes more apparent, that the state is a tool of a capitalist class, when you look at what laws are passed. The only people that have an effect, are the very rich. From princeton:

https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

Also Marx was against taxes and the welfare state.

Q: Was Hitler/ Nazis socialist?

A: No, he privatized banks, busted unions and jailed socialists. The most famous poem from the period has the phrase “First he came for the socialists…” which Hitler literally did. But really we can solve this by asking this question: did the workers own the means of production in Nazi Germany? The answer, is no.

Q: Are the socialists gonna take my house / car?

A: There are five empty houses for every homeless person. Why would we be interested in that? We are interested in changing how people and society at large relate to our labor and production, and make it democratic in how it is done, what is made, and how it is distributed. This means something like the housing industry would have more effective distribution along with a comprehensive plan that gives communities and workers control over new projects.

Q: But doesn’t communism have a strong state?

A: Communism is by definition a stateless society– all communists regardless of their tactics work towards this goal. The Soviet Union and its allies claimed to be socialist states; they saw this as a route to reaching communism. Many communists disassociate themselves from the actions of these states while some defend them. The topic of whether there should be a state, centralization of power, and organization of a state on the road to socialism is still heavily debated amongst socialists.

Q: But isn’t anarchism chaos?

A: No! In fact it is organization! When we refer to anarchism we speak of social anarchism! Anarchy means, from its Greek roots “without rulers.” It is an anti-capitalist ideology that calls for no state with many forms, most of which having laws and straight forward ways of doing things. In fact, communism is a form of anarchism, along with syndicalism, mutualism, collectivism and others!

Q: Without money what will motivate us?

A:Research show that money isn’t the most powerful motivator, what drives us is purpose and we should make that purpose social!

Further information in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

Q: But don’t leftists just not understand economics?

A: Marx’s Law of Value (Labor Theory of Value) was confirmed to be an empirically correct theory of value under capitalism, and that only Sraffa’s (post-Keynesian) price theory even comes close, citing these resources:

The Scientific Status of the Labour Theory of Value

by: W. Paul Cockshott and Allin Cottrell

http://users.wfu.edu/cottrell/eea97.pdf

The Empirical Strength of the Labour Theory of Value

http://www.academia.edu/2733004/The_empirical_strength_of_the_labour_theory_of_value

3. videos & overviews on socialism

4. videos & critique of capitalism

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6. Arguments against socialism:

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” -Karl Marx

“I have some arguments against socialism and personally all I want to do is argue.”

If you find it difficult to actually talk with us or want to actually try and convince us, you can get out of the way arguments that probably are poor points and won’t convince anyone. It will prepare you if you seriously want to discuss it with leftists.

Does the Left Hate the Family? (how to address actual leftist theory)

Jerry Cohen – Against Capitalism

To Other Working Americans

https://www.redneckrevolt.org/single-post/2016/12/02/TO-OTHER-WORKING-AMERICANS

Reading the Right – Volume One: The Bell Curve

Reading the Right – Volume 2: Cultural Marxism

Argument ad Venezuelum

“When we ask for the abolition of [Capitalism,] the State and its organs we are always told that we dream of a society composed of men better than they are in reality. But no; a thousand times, no. All we ask is that men should not be made worse than they are, by such institutions!” -Kropotkin

Marx Believed in Human Nature

What drives us? (Latest research in what motivates people)

Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche (by Dr. Robert Sapolsky)

Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature from a Yale Lecture series:

“It is often said that force is no argument. That entirely depends, however, on what one wants to prove.” -Oscar Wilde

“Jordan Peterson says–”

Jordan Peterson knows less about marxism than first year college students, has an infantile and incorrect reading of Nietzsche, and is a postmodernist without even realizing it.

Refuting Jordan Peterson’s Capitalist Realism (against common anti-leftist arguments)

Jordan Peterson- engaging with conservative rebels

Jordan Peterson and Progress

The Economic Calculation Problem

Generic Arguments Against Communism Refuted

Arguments against Anarchism

Debating Richard Spencer

George Orwell on Socialism:

Darwin, Conservatism, the Pill, and Black Pigeon Speaks

7. MORE CONTENT, VIDEOS, DOCUMENTARIES, ECT

“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.” – Guy Debord

Murray Bookchin – The Real Roots of Traditional Libertarianism:

The start of Libertarian Socialist Rants–ummm– rant “The case against hierarchy”

The tragedy of the “Commons?”

Baltimore, the anatomy of an uprising

Labor Vouchers Explained:

The Capitalist Realism of Black Mirror

Manufacturing Consent 1 of 2 (Market Consent) (Part 2 is unfortunately lost at the moment)

Manufacturing Consent (Chomsky’s theory)

The Paris Commune: Our First Revolution

Capitalism and Star Wars (the Slow Cancellation of the Future)

Racism, Law, & Politics (Race Part 1)

Why are we the good guys

The Philosophy of Antifa

Kill All Normies: The End of the Culture War? (“Cultural Marxism” and the alt right’s perceived culture war)

Does the Left Hate Free Speech?

Zuckerberg’s Robots and Capitalist Crisis

The rise of the Postmodern Politician

Taxi Driver: A Study of Masculinity & Existentialism

RENT – Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible: A Video Essay

The Road to socialism

Michel Foucault

Interviews, lectures, and talks from leftist thinkers:

Yanis Varoufakis on Europe, UKIP and Post-Capitalism

Europe is Kaput. Long live Europe! – Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis and Julian Assange

Economics and the Moral Order

The History of Neoliberalism – David Harvey

Debate Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault – On human nature (turn on youtube subtitles)

Kill All Normies: Angela Nagle On The Alt-Right

Noam Chomsky (2013) “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”

Janet Biehl – From Marxism to Communalism and Confederalism: Bookchin and Öcalan

Eirik Eiglad – The Communalist Alternative to Capitalist Modernity

Murray Bookchin – Forms of Freedom – Talk – 1985

Michael Parenti: Capitalism vs. Reality

Report-back from the Revolution in Rojava

Angela Davis: Wars Against Women

Slavoj Zizek | How And Why Violence Functions

Murray Bookchin “Visions of a New Society” Interview

Eclectic articles pertaining to politics and leftism (They’re worth your time, promise):

Communalism reading list:

http://social-ecology.org/wp/learn/ise-intensives/ise-seminar-reading/

News, lax perspectives, and basics:

Capitalism vs. Socialism: a Changed Debate

https://www.democracyatwork.info/capitalism_vs_socialism_a_changed_debate

Noam Chomsky Calls For ‘Militant Labor Movement’ To Transform American Politics And Fight Trump

http://www.foreconomicjustice.org/?p=16281

Twenty-First Century Victorians

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/10/victorian-values-fitness-organic-wealth-parenthood

Fighting Climate Change and Capitalism at the Same Time

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/09/this_changes_everything_naomi_klein_on_climate_change_and_capitalism.html

Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/13/pentagon-video-warns-of-unavoidable-dystopian-future-for-worlds-biggest-cities/

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change

The Basic Principle of Production in Rojava

http://www.abstraktdergi.net/the-basic-principle-of-the-economy-in-rojava-involve-everyone-in-production/

Theoretical learning:

“There are periods in the life of human society when revolution becomes an imperative necessity, when it proclaims itself as inevitable. New ideas germinate everywhere, seeking to force their way into the light, to find an application in life; everywhere they are opposed by the inertia of those whose interest it is to maintain the old order; they suffocate in the stifling atmosphere of prejudice and traditions.” -Kropotkin

Albert Einstein’s Why Socialism?

https://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/

How Nonviolence Protects the State

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peter-gelderloos-how-nonviolence-protects-the-state

The Economy of Rojava

https://cooperativeeconomy.info/the-economy-of-rojava/

Reason, creativity and freedom: The communalist model

http://social-ecology.org/wp/2017/02/communalist-model/

the Future of the Left

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vvbxqd/ursula-le-guin-future-of-the-left

Daniel De Leon’s Reform or Revolution?

https://www.marxists.org/archive/deleon/works/1896/960126.htm

The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1944/culture-industry.htm

Political Indifferentism by Marx

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1873/01/indifferentism.htm

The Concepts of Ideology, Hegemony, and Organic Intellectuals in Gramsci’s Marxism

https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/periodicals/theoretical-review/1982301.htm

A Philosophical Naturalism

http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bookchin/philosonatural.html

The Part played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man by Engels

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1876/part-played-labour/index.htm

The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction

https://www.viewpointmag.com/2017/03/28/the-darkness-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-artificial-intelligence-and-neoreaction/

On Authority, Engels

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1872/10/authority.htm

Mikhail Bakunin, What is Authority?

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/various/authrty.htm

Huey Newton introduces Revolutionary Intercommunalism

https://libcom.org/library/huey-newton-introduces-revolutionary-intercommunalism-boston-college-november-18-1970

Intercommunalism: The Late Theorizations of Huey P. Newton

https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/06/11/intercommunalism-the-late-theorizations-of-huey-p-newton-chief-theoretician-of-the-black-panther-party/

Late Capitalism or Industrial Society?

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1968/late-capitalism.htm

Marxism And Darwinism

https://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1912/marxism-darwinism.htm

Class Consciousness by Georg Lukacs

https://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/lukacs3.htm

The Population Myth

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/murray-bookchin-the-population-myth

Federalism, Socialism, Anti-Theologism

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/various/reasons-of-state.htm

Them and Us: four new essays by Subcomandante Marcos

https://roarmag.org/essays/them-and-us-subcomandante-marcos/

Lumpen 130: The Municipalism Issue

http://www.lumpenmagazine.org/lumpen-130-the-municipalism-issue/

Social Morals and Ethics of Nature: from Peter Kropotkin to Murray Bookchin

https://www.democracynature.org/vol5/padovan_morals.htm

Not All Politics is Identity Politics

https://demandutopia.net/not-all-politics-is-identity-politics/

How radical municipalism can go beyond the local

https://theecologist.org/2018/jun/08/how-radical-municipalism-can-go-beyond-local

The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions by Rosa

https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1906/mass-strike/index.htm

Amadeo Bordiga 1951, Proletarian Dictatorship and Class Party

https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1951/class-party.htm

USSR and Lenin focused:

The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe – The Roots of The Crisis (USSR Collapse Part 1)

https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2490-the-soviet-union-and-eastern-europe-the-roots-of-the-crisis

Bolshevism, Real and Imagined

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/12/lenin-russian-revolution-bolsheviks-democracy

The Russian Revolution (1918) by Rosa Luxemburg

https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1918/russian-revolution/index.htm

Lenin: A Study on the Unity of his Thought

https://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/1924/lenin/index.htm

What was the USSR? – Aufheben

https://libcom.org/library/what-was-ussr-aufheben

How Lenin Studied Marx

https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/xx/lenin.htm

“Can you just give me documentaries to watch, so I can sit, have a beer and have some popcorn?”

Suggested documentaries and movies:

Plutocracy #1, Political Repression in America: on the competing forces of labor and capital

Hypernormalization: On trump, Terrorism, and our current economic state

John Berger / Ways of Seeing , Episode 1 (Watch it all!)

Reading the Right – Volume One: The Bell Curve

Reading the Right – Volume 2: Cultural Marxism

The Shock Doctrine

Manufacturing Consent (Chomsky)

The IWW: The one big union

Four horseman:

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man

The Zapatista Uprising (20 Years Later)

The Country of Two Rivers (Rojavan Revolution)

All Power To The People – The Black Panther Party & Beyond

Anarchism in America

History of Anarcho-Syndicalist Catalonia

“I like youtube videos, got youtubers?”

I personally recommend Zero Books, Anarchopac, Democracy at Work, Mexie, FreiHeitXXI and Philosophy Tube. However here is a large list

List of youtube channels:

FreiHeitXXI (Interviews and lectures on Social Ecology)

Xexizy (Perspectives of Leninism)

Democracy at Work (Economist P.h.D. Richard Wolff’s project, monthly economic updates and more)

New Economic Thinking (Many economic experts interviewed and giving lectures)

Brendanmcooney (makes short entertaining video about economic concepts)

DemocraticSocialist01 (Perspectives of a Democratic Socialist)

Libertarian Socialist Rants (Perspectives of an anarchist)

Anarchopac (anarchist perspectives)

Zero Books (Critical Theory publisher, analyzes pop culture and ideas in an entertaining video formats, along with a podcast)

Philosophy Tube (A channel that goes through philosophical concepts, such as race and power)

BadMouseProductions (an anarchist perspective)

The Finnish Bolshevik (A marxist leninist perspective)

Socialism Explained (Easily digestible bite sized videos on socialism)

Hbomberguy (Argues against racists and reactionaries, and analyzes video games, and the video game industries)

ProSocialism (A Trotskyist perspective)

Contrapoints (Educational topics, from race to gender)

Mexie (a economist working towards a phd)

ForeverJameses (excellent video essays)

Websites:

Democracynow.org

Itsgoingdown.org

Marxists.org

Libcom.org

Jacobinmag.com

Prole.info

FreeOcalan.org

Democracyatwork.info

Zero-books.net/

Revleft.com/

Theanarchistlibrary.org

social-ecology.org

Short reading list, many of the readings are short, find a pdf!:

—Proudhon’s What is Property?

—Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality

—Rousseau’s Social Contract

—Karl Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Programme

—Engel’s Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

—The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin

—The Next Revolution by Murray Bookchin

— Rosa’s Revolution or Reform

—Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

—Wilde’s Soul of Man Under Socialism

—The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

—Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

These readings are in (loose) order of philosophical history and what builds on eachother

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” -Engels

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