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A contradiction within a contradiction, from what I can tell.

An object or force may be at contradiction with another contradiction, but there are contradictions within contradictions, as Mao said.






Also:

When there’s a Cold War, there’s social unrest and mass movements in the United States.

When there isn’t: there’s the “End of History” era where the communist movements go through a malaise and even revisionism.


Yes it does improve the situation of the proletariat.

It gives a foothold for China and AES and creates parity between factions like Russia and America to give the working-class in their respective countries “breathing room” for movement-building.


Agreed. Orson Scott Card is a neocon and a very conservative Mormon.


Also, to answer your question, I feel that the U.S. working-class needs a dialectically and historical materialist analysis.

There is just no study of the American class structure and the “best” we’ve got is Settlers which dumbs things down a lot.

There are a lot of great labor history books recently, though, but nothing too comprehensive.

Philip Foner comes close, I’ve heard, but is outdated, like Sakai and his/her own text.

For example: what to make of the many human-trafficked residents in the United States? The prison population (we call them legal slaves, for example, but we don’t really see how they fit within the system). The rural inhabitants? We call them Trump-supporters off-handedly, but many of the poorer stratum seem uninterested in electoral politics and have a growing Latinx population (though, knowing my own Latinx family, they can also be pretty reactionary).

How is class allocated with your job, for example. Retail workers have it rough, no kidding, and it’s where the low-paid and abusive work takes place. But IT workers may have it better off, but be less unionized, though also have frequent periods of burnout. There’s a mass chemical plant industry in the United States, despite de-industrialization, so there are factory or plant operators and workers, though they often get ignored (America is wrongfully called a “service economy” even though its more of a logistics, finance, and transport economy and even then it doesn’t quite sum it up completely).

They say that both the Democratic and Republican parties have their own factions and they sometimes interlap or oppose each other. How do they cater to their respective industries? What are their respective industries? Who is mostly like to side with semiconductor companies? Old companies? Silicon Valley? Venture capitalists and hedge fund managers? Retail companies? How do these factions align? Never mind the Chamber of Commerce and the extra-political factions of the United States.

Basically, we need to know the political economy of the United States and how the class structure is formed, what it looks like.


Great idea for a subcom!

As I heard a friend say:

Dialectical and historical materialism are easy to understand… but hard to master and use.

You can’t just off-handedly use it; you have to study something with it.


Highly recommend reading this article. Take breaks if you need to. Bookmark for later.
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Discussion Thread: What are all you reading in terms of fiction AND non-fiction? (NOW for BOTH fictional and non-fiction works) - #12
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Yes, yes, and yes.

Basically, the metal/rock and the blend.






Anyone want to help in that regard?
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What movies are you watching? What do you plan to watch? What have you watched recently? - Film/Cinema/TV Show/Streaming Show General Discussion Thread #11
I plan to watch another Soviet film but I might go for a Chinese one instead. Still haven't watched Lightyear... yet. Also, I plan to watch the Spanish show El Cid since I heard good things about it but we'll see how that goes. Discussion questions: 1. What TV shows are the best ones you've watched in the current decade? 2. Are there any unpopular or middling movies or TV shows that you like that most people don't? My answers? I haven't watched any TV shows or dramas this year, but I can say that, in terms of "unpopular opinions," I tend to consider the Hannibal TV show to be the best of the 2010s. Also, shameless plug-in for a Discord server that me, BayArea415, and some good friends created: https://discord.gg/qQmdd28CBR Enjoy!
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What video games are you playing? What have you finished recently? What do you plan to play? - Video Game General Discussion Thread #11
Since I'm going to finish *Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous* (in probably about 10 hours given how long it takes to beat it) I'm currently looking for another game to play. Maybe *Gamedec*? Or maybe something other than a CRPG? We'll see. I'll check on suggestions that you all have down below. Discussion questions: 1. Who are your favorite game developers in terms of favorite video games? (Nintendo, Sony, etc.) 2. How did you first get into video games? My answers: Overall, I'd have to say Nintendo and Owlcat Games (though that last one is more current). In terms of how I first got into video games? The Nintendo 64 was a godsend in that regard. I played the Star Wars pod-racing game first and then, from there, I played a few other classic games like *Super Mario 64* and *The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time*. Never quite liked *Super Mario 64* though as much as some other people. Me, personally, anyway. Also, shameless plug-in for a Discord server that me, BayArea415, and some good friends created: https://discord.gg/qQmdd28CBR Enjoy!
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I would recommend TCW to those that haven't watched it yet.
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You can even keep this review on a separate tab and just listen to it and maybe click back on it from time to time. It's *that* good, but it's got a lot of "edgy humor." I like it mainly for its insight, tbh. In fact, it reminds me of what I kinda miss about some games and even fictional novels nowadays. Stories in general. Enjoy.
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Also, trying to help this person out like the last one haha
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Maybe to subscribe to this person. I'm trying to help 'em out since we need more small-time ML YouTubers, not the same old guard ML YouTubers (Hakim, Yugopnik, and I guess Second Thought, though he's a bit more recent). Enjoy, I guess. Hoping this develops more.
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Really great piece from Joel Wendland-Liu. Highly recommend it. At least bookmark this for later.
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