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Over the past few days, with worries of r/genzedong being banned, we have seen a major uptick in new accounts created. The admin team at Lemmygrad and, I'm sure, the whole community as well would like to welcome you here! Lemmygrad is built by communists and for communists, there is no censorship here and no worries about being banned for being Marxist-Leninists. Lemmygrad is not too different from what you're used to on Reddit. We have our own c/genzedong community, as well as unique communities such as c/palestine, c/prolewiki, c/feminism and even c/me_IRA, which is very much alive and well on Lemmygrad. Some other advantages of Lemmygrad over Reddit is our federated aspect (anyone can make their instance and federate with us), our ML community, and of course our hands-off approach. There are no investors to please here, there are no CIA agents moderating content. You can talk about piracy, you can say what you want to do to fascists, without being reported by a lib and suspended for it. We have had to enable account applications for a while now as we were under a fascist raid not too long ago, but please be assured that we get around to approving accounts very, very quickly. Finally, if there is anything that you need help with regarding lemmygrad, please feel free to ask in this thread! We hope that the switch will not be too confusing for you, and that you will adopt lemmygrad as your new communication and memeing platform!

I copied over the Marxism-Leninism study guides from r/communism in case the subreddit gets banned, should be a useful resource for beginners
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# Basic Marxism-Leninism Study Plan **Introduction** - Lenin. [The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/mar/x01.htm) - Lenin. [Karl Marx: A Brief Biographical Sketch With an Exposition of Marxism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1914/granat/) - Marx, Engels. [Manifesto of the Communist Party](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/) **Historical Materialism** - Marx, Engels. [The German Ideology, chapter I](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01.htm) **Scientific Socialism** - Engels. [Socialism: Utopian and Scientific](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/) - Lenin. [What Is To Be Done?](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1901/witbd/) - Lenin. [The State and Revolution](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/) - Lenin. [The Historical Destiny of the Doctrine of Karl Marx](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/mar/01.htm) - Lenin. [Opportunism, and the Collapse of the Second International](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1915/dec/x01.htm) - Lenin. [The Collapse of the Second International](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1915/csi/) - Lenin. [Imperialism and the Split in Socialism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/oct/x01.htm) - Lenin. [Certain Features of the Historical Development of Marxism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1910/dec/23.htm) - Lenin. [Marxism and Revisionism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1908/apr/03.htm) - Lenin. [Marxism and Reformism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/sep/12b.htm) - Lenin. [“Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/) - Engels. [Anti-Dühring, part III: Socialism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/anti-duhring/ch23.htm) - Stalin. [The Foundations of Leninism](https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1924/foundations-leninism/) - Lenin. [The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1918/prrk/) **Philosophy** - Mao. [On Contradiction](https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-1/mswv1_17.htm) - Engels. [Anti-Dühring, part I: Philosophy](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/anti-duhring/ch01.htm) - Engels. [Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1886/ludwig-feuerbach/) - Marx. [Theses on Feuerbach](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/theses/theses.htm) **Political Economy** - Marx. [Value, Price and Profit](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1865/value-price-profit/) - Engels. [Anti-Dühring, part II: Political Economy](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/anti-duhring/ch13.htm) - Marx. [Capital, volume I: The Process of Production of Capital](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/) - Lenin. [Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/) # How to Make Historical Materialist Analysis **Introduction to the method** - Marx. [A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, preface](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1859/critique-pol-economy/preface.htm) - Marx, Engels. [The German Ideology, chapter I](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01.htm) **Marx & Engels' Application** - Marx. [The Class Struggles in France, 1848 to 1850](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1850/class-struggles-france/) - Marx. [The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/18th-brumaire/) - Marx. [The Civil War in France](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1871/civil-war-france/) - Engels. [The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1884/origin-family/) - Engels. [The Peasant War in Germany](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1850/peasant-war-germany/) - Engels. [Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/germany/) - Engels. [Anti-Dühring: Herr Eugen Dühring's Revolution in Science](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1877/anti-duhring/) **Other** - Stalin. [Dialectical and Historical Materialism](https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1938/09.htm) - Plekhanov. [Historical Materialism and the Arts](https://www.marxists.org/archive/plekhanov/1899/arts.htm) - Plekhanov. [The Materialist Conception of History](https://www.marxists.org/archive/plekhanov/1897/history/part1.htm) - Bukharin. [Historical Materialism: A System of Sociology](https://www.marxists.org/archive/bukharin/works/1921/histmat/) - [Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat](http://readsettlers.org/settlers.pdf) by J. Sakai - [Divided World, Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism](https://www.prisoncensorship.info/archive/books/Economics/DividedWorldDividedClass_ZakCope.pdf) by Zak Cope # Resources for Marxist Political Economy - Marx. [Capital: A Critique of Political Economy](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/) - [The Law of Value Video Series](https://kapitalism101.wordpress.com/law-of-value-the-series/) - [Reading Capital with David Harvey](http://davidharvey.org/reading-capital/) - [Introduction to Marxist Dialectics](http://marxistphilosophy.org/Intro/DialIntro.htm) - [Richard Wolff's Online Lecture Series](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPJpiw1WYdTNMCC0ypXHZ-kW7yCz4T0Zg) - [The Law of Worldwide Value](https://maoistrebelnews.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/the-law-of-worldwide-value-second-edition.pdf) by Samir Amin - Lenin. [Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/) - Luxemburg. [The Accumulation of Capital](https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1913/accumulation-capital/)

Communist chat through Matrix
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I created a matrix room for anybody on Lemmy to join. The main goal of this chat is to bring people together and use the internet for organizing. Organizing locally is still the best way to get things done and this or any chat rooms over the internet should be considered complimentary because the material conditions and strategical peculiarities vary according to the nation you're in. Tasks in mind: - Bring comrades from other social media to communist Lemmy - Promote periodic discussions, quality posts on Lemmy - Do a collective research or essays on chosen subjects, translate them, and share through private social media. - Produce propaganda to share on private social media. Remember, our strength depends entirely on our historical and personal commitment to organization. We alone cannot do much, but together we'll have enough forces to make a difference.

Let the ridicule of anti-indigenous settlerism commence.

Recommend any good Mao Zedong theory?
unfortunately need more theory to read, feeling Mao, please Recommend some to me. thank you


Thoughts on adverse possession law?
AKA "squatter's rights". Basically, some countries, namely English speaking countries, have laws that say if you openly tresspass and squat on some property for a certain amount of time without the owner stopping you, that property becomes yours. I've heard arguments back and fourth on whether it's good or bad, but none from a socialist or communist perspective. So, what are your thoughts on it?

What surprised you most when reading theory?
One thing for me was how light hearted and funny Lenin was. I expected it to be really hard going like a lot of Marx but he had such a wit about him and I remember laughing out loud a few times by his turn of phrase. I don't think he gets enough credit for it, he took a really serious, dry subject and made it enjoyable to read. He really was an incredible writer.

2007 interview of the author & excerpts of "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)", a book about cognitive dissonance (effort post)
tl;dr: 2007 book about cognitive dissonance written by psychologists is interesting to me because it came out a little while after the 2003 invasion of Iraq and in the wake of WMD cope, and I think it's relevant for political work to understand more scientifically about how cognitive dissonance works, e.g. in regard to combatting deeply-held misconceptions and beliefs in people, and in conducting self-criticism and recognizing one's errors [Link to book on archive.org](https://archive.org/details/mistakesweremade0000tavr_a1o9/mode/2up) Interview & excerpts: [Why It's Hard to Admit to Being Wrong: 2007 NPR interview](https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12125926) of one of the authors and some excerpts from the book if you scroll down: - Less in-depth than the book. Mainly interesting to me as it's like a little window back into 2007. They take some listener call-in questions. --- Recently I have begun researching about how and why people believe in lies, particularly in relation to propagandistic lies or manufactured consent. I came across this book from 2007 called "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts." The book itself is non-Marxist in its analysis framework and is written by two psychologists. I'm finding it interesting so far, due partly to the fact that it was published during W. Bush's presidency and that throughout the work and in interviews about it, references to Bush's policies and the then ongoing Iraq war are being made. Knowledge about the WMDs being a false pretense for invasion is still being coped with by the public and people have a fairly fresh memory of the build up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and are in the process of rationalizing how they could have believed these things. That specific issue and the authors' own (liberal) stances on it is not the main focus of the book--I'm just pointing out the time frame because I think it adds an important layer to the book's content. The main focus of the book is explaining research about cognitive dissonance to laymen audience, through a wide range of examples and studies, which are interesting in their own right and, in my opinion, useful information for anyone engaging in political work or making attempts to combat lies and propaganda that has taken root in peoples' minds on various issues (including increasing awareness of the functioning of one's own mind). I am not very far into this book yet so I cannot exactly review it yet or make a detailed summary. However some of the author's points/claims I have come across in this book so far that interested me are: 1. The urge to reduce cognitive dissonance is a natural and intense drive that is generally conducted subconsciously, making it very hard to notice and difficult to overcome. (In the NPR interview I linked, one of the authors says something to effect of 'this has shown up in different cultures around the world everywhere that it has been studied,' although he doesn't get more specific than that) 2. MRI brain scans showed that when people were exposed to "dissonant or consonant information" about politicians (George Bush and John Kerry) **"reasoning areas of the brain virtually shut down when participants were confronted with dissonant information, and the emotion circuits of the brain lit up happily when consonance was restored"**. The authors then go on to provide some more examples of people either automatically filtering out dissonant information, or distorting it to entrench their original belief even further. --- Given the ongoing situation... Everywhere... I thought that this may be a worthwhile topic to talk about in a Marxist forum, through a dialectical materialist and scientific viewpoint, to the extent that we are able. My own research right now is revolving (as I said) mainly around lies designed to drum up support for and prolong wars, but "cognitive dissonance" is certainly a big topic that touches many other aspects of life, too, and any thoughts anyone wants to share on that are welcome. For example, for anyone running into very dead-ends and deep-rooted beliefs when talking to non-Marxist friends about political issues, or those of us with family or friends getting sucked into cults and scams, this may also be useful information. I also think it's relevant to scientifically understand cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias in regard to the concept of conducting criticism and self-criticism. I hope if you check out this book you find something in it that is useful to you. Edit: I also wanted to include an excerpt not found on the NPR link if anyone is interested. This is about one of the studies they conducted, and it's rather long so I put it under a spoiler: ::: spoiler spoiler From p. 16-17 > The beauty of an experiment is the random assignment of people to conditions. Regardless of a person's degree of interest at the outset in joining the group. each participant would be randomly assigned to either the severe-initiation or the mild-initiation condition. If people who go through a tough time to get into a group later find that group to be more attractive than those who get in with no effort, then we know that it was the effort that caused it, not differences in initial levels of interest. > > And so Elliot and his colleague Judson Mills conducted just such an experiment. Stanford students were invited to join a group that would be discussing the psychology of sex, but before they could qualify for admission, they would first have to pass an entrance requirement. Some of the students were randomly assigned to a severely embarrassing initiation procedure: They had to recite, out loud to the experimenter, lurid, sexually explicit passages from Lady Chatterly's Lover and other racy novels. (For conventional 1950s students, this was a painfully embarrassing thing to do.) Others were randomly assigned to a mildly embarrassing initiation procedure: reading aloud sexual words from the dictionary. > > After the initiation, each of the students listened to an identical tape recording of a discussion allegedly being held by the group of people they had just joined. Actually, the audiotape was prepared in advance so that the discussion was as boring and worthless as it could be. The discussants talked haltingly, with long pauses, about the secondary sex characteristics of birds—changes in plumage during courtship, that sort of thing. The taped discussants hemmed and hawed, frequently interrupted one another, and left sentences unfinished. > > Finally, the students rated the discussion on a number of dimensions. Those who had undergone only a mild initiation saw the discussion for what it was, worthless and dull, and they correctly rated the group members as being unappealing and boring. One guy on the tape, stammering and muttering, admitted that he hadn't done the required reading on the courtship practices of some rare bird, and the mild-initiation listeners were annoyed by him. What an irresponsible idiot! He didn't even do the basic reading! He let the group down! Who'd want to be in a group with him? But those who had gone through a severe initiation rated the discussion as interesting and exciting and the group members as attractive and sharp. They forgave the irresponsible idiot. His candor was refreshing! Who wouldn't want to be in a group with such an honest guy? It was hard to believe that they were listening to the same tape recording. Such is the power of dissonance. > > This experiment has been replicated several times by other scientists who have used a variety of initiation techniques, from electric shock to excessive physical exertion. The results are always the same: Severe initiations increase a member's liking for the group. These findings Jo not mean that people enjoy painful experiences, such as filling out their income-tax forms, or that people enjoy things because they are associated with pain. What they do show is that if a person voluntarily goes through a difficult or a painful experience *in order* to attain some goal or object, that goal or object becomes more attractive. If, on your way to join a discussion group, a flowerpot fell from the open window of an apartment building and hit you on the head, you would not like that discussion group any better. But if you volunteered to get hit on the head by a flowerpot to become a member of the group, you would definitely like the group more (p. 16-17) Another reference to it on p. 24 > People want to believe that, as smart and rational individuals, they know why they made the choices they did, so they are not always happy when you tell them the actual reason for their actions. Elliot learned this firsthand after that initiation experiment: "After each participant had finished," he recalls, "I explained the study in detail and went over the theory carefully. Although everyone who went through the severe initiation said that they found the hypothesis intriguing and that they could see how people would be affected in the way I predicted, they all took pains to assure me that their preference for the group had nothing to do with the severity of the initiation. They each claimed that they liked the group because that's the way they really felt. Yet almost all of them liked the group more than any of the people in the mild-initiation condition did." (p. 24) ___ :::

this didn't age well...but it would look like the way that a /pol/ or qanon would see the world



How radical is Prof. Richard Wolff?
Anyone else get the impression that Richard Wolff is "hiding his power level" so to speak and is actually way more radical than he lets on? He seems to be more of a co-op, market socialism guy on the surface because he talks about workplace democracy a lot, but i remember him during an interview with Hakim saying pretty positive things about economic planning. Recently he has also been praising the People's Republic of China a lot in various interviews, and in the latest interview i watched him give to Briahna Joy Gray he even snuck in a Lenin quote at the end (uncredited of course saying just "a famous political leader once said") basically paraphrased the well known "there are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen" line. Is he a closeted ML or what? Is his focus on workplace democracy just a smart strategy to appeal to "baby leftist" Americans and introduce them to basic Marxist concepts without scaring them away?

just soviet lolis doing praxis





Are there any ML mutual aid communities similar to r/loans?
Long story short I am fucked right now, I can’t apply for traditional loans, or payday loans, or even those stupid manipulative apps like “Dave”, because I do 80 hours a week of gig work and apparently that’s not good enough for them. I’m trapped in a cycle of hell, medical bills, pos jobs, broken/stolen cars, rising rent, and the past year it’s been like watching one big slow trainwreck because with the way inflation has been accelerating I can’t afford to live in one of the cheapest cities in the US anymore. Car broke down two months ago and then one month ago it got stolen and found wrecked. I’ve got like nothing and honestly am beyond ready to die, but ofc I pawned my guns to pay rent last year and never got them back. America is a shithole country, the worst one. I spend my day delivering to fat and lazy petite bourgeois who can’t be bothered to fucking tip a gallon of gas, being paid 2.25 an order by one of the most evil companies in the world. The vehicle I’m borrowing right now is a truck and shit for gas mileage so over half my income goes back into that. Haven’t been able to afford to wait 2-3 weeks to get a check from a normal job in years, since pandemic started and the government fucked us. I know I’m not making the best case for myself here but for the love of god is there anyone out there who will let me borrow $100 for a week and a half? You can have all my damn info if you want, nobody is going to want to steal my identity anyway, I can promise that. And even if not, because I can surely understand the skepticism…at least try to ponder the idea…I know I’m already a marginally well read ML because this shit alone has radicalized me beyond return, but maybe it would be a good idea to create some sort of online mutual aid system so that people can directly help others in need, and all in the name of the cause so everyone can begin to understand what we stand for. There are probably tons of comrades out there who want to help but don’t have access to a local party or org, and an internet mass line might just be what they’re missing. Just a thought. If I had money, it’s something I would be proud to be a part of or donate to, much more than some bum ass charity or NGO anyway. It would also be nice to have a place to ask that I don’t feel like a piece of shit or get vetted out for being a leftist like r/loans or r/borrow. If this is against the rules please don’t ban me, just delete it and move on, even though I only have mobile and I’m still figuring this site out, I really don’t want to go back to the cesspool of reaction that is Reddit. Thanks for hearing me out.

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