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Samurai thread Anonymous 05/02/2020 (Sat) 21:32:37 No. 2298 [Reply] [Last]
Was the Meiji restoration and "restoring power to the emperor" a good or bad thing in 18th century Japan for the peasants? It marked the upper class revolution that caused the samurai feudal system to transition into a capitalist system. (Which ultimately turned into a racist imperialist empire that tried to invade and oppress all of its neighbors in Asia in a sort of fascist system, and as Japan lost the war the people starved and suffered greatly.) I just found this photograph btw. Samurai didn't look nearly as impressive as I thought they would, and that hairdo is "objectively ugly." There were a lot of peasant revolutions/movements that tried to go against the samurai but they all ultimately failed so no one except historians talk about them. Unfortunately too, the people who study Japanese history appear to be mostly weebs who romanticize the samurai so much that you never get to hear about the peasents' movements.
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>>2449 >moved thanks Admin!
>>2448 It cannon die, or it will bring dishonor on our cow
>>2418 >yfw when Juchegang liberates Japan
>>3905 >Koreans liberating Japan Now that would be something to see
Reposting from the >>>/anime/ Q&A thread I have a question about Jiraiya Gouketsu Monogatari. Naruto made the character pretty well known and popular, however the original story is pretty old, and I was wondering how well known the character was in Japan prior to Naruto's popularization of him. Besides the 1921 silent film (video 1 related) I found the following references in media before Naruto got published - Jiraiya- A character that appears in the novel " Jiraiya Ninpocho " by Futaro Yamada, which began serializing in September 1964 . A character with the name of Tsunade also appears in the work. - Jikaminari也- 1966 publication of Toei of special effects era feature film " The Magic Serpent hero of". Tsunade also appears. - Commander Jiraiya- A character that appears in the TV anime " Invincible Steel Man Daitan 3 " broadcast from June 1978 to March 1979 . - Magnetic Raiya- The main character of Toei 's special effects drama " Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya, " which was broadcast from January 1988 to January 1989 . - Jiraiya (read "Jiraia") The character in the Hudson game "Far East of Eden" series and the main character of the first game " Far East of Eden ZIRIA ". Characters with the names of Tsunade and Orochimaru also appear in the work. - Jirayan- A character that appears in the TV anime "Karakuri Kengoden Musashi Road" that was broadcast from October 1990 to September 1991. - Ninja Black Jiraiya- Ninja who appears in Toei's special effects drama " Ninja Sentai Kakuranger "broadcast from February 1994 to February 1995. A setting called the descendant of Jiraiya who appears in "Jiraiya Goketsutan".

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Universities and Education Comrade 04/16/2020 (Thu) 16:04:04 No. 1109 [Reply] [Last]
I saw this thread on leftypol and thought it would be very suited here. Did you guys go to university or any other forms of higher education? Why or why not? Did it help you achieve what you want to achieve? Would you go back in time and choose a different path?
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>>5141 Huh? What do you mean by marxists get better grades in American colleges? The environment is incredibly hostile to anyone openly calling themselves a marxist. You might be able to get away with it at more liberal colleges but this requires some nuance. Grades will be hard work no matter who you are. If you mean that being a marxist requires reading substantive books and developing critical thinking, then yes, that will help you anywhere including grades. Most people (read: burgers) don't read on /leftypol/ or anywhere in the states
>>5136 >uation? I know it would be stupid to waste my time and money on a degree that requires math skills that I don't have, but I'm prepared to spend years relearning the fundamentals of math like a retard if it means that I can get a degree that will help me find a decent job. Looks like you answered your own question comrade. You can do it :)
>>5141 >Ubermarginal The dude's a pseudo-intellectual of the same type as Ben Shapiro. The only way his phrasing is true is if you think liberal pandering to minorities in colleges is "marxism".
>>5145 idk, he says he wrote works about DiaMat and shit and even if the work was shitty he still got a good grade. but yeah, he probably talks shit again. my post was joke, I don't even have money to study in US :D
Marxists are going to get better grades in college just by virtue of the fact that aligning yourself with a weird textual ideology is something that, very broadly speaking, only weirdo nerds do. In most colleges just engaging with the material at all, and having been socialized into normative structure of what academic writing is "supposed to" look like, is enough to get you a decent good grade. The same applies to almost anything else, even to something as boring and incurious as Ben Shapiro-style conservatism.

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Pedagogy and /leftypol/ Comrade 04/17/2020 (Fri) 17:25:33 No. 1136 [Reply] [Last]
Are there any teachers here? If so, how do you work with your curricula to insert your chosen beliefs? And what is the most based methodology and pedagogy? >t. Primary School, Y 4-5, we play "Red Leader" which is basically capture the flag but with special rules, and I put up lots of posters about "working together" and "team work".
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>>1450 >>1451 >>1498 There's a difference between art and expression. Cave paintings, mandalas, sketches on a napkin, graffiti, etc. those are all forms of human expression. "Art" is something people pay for in the 21st century, "art" is a commodity. What is "art" is decided by a group of people, usually those who stand to benefit from the charade. That is why there are stories of people examining fallen objects in art galleries, as if they were a piece, just because people saw it in an art gallery. Is a urinal art or a thing we piss on? Who the fuck knows, no one will ever know, just fucking give in and go with it. Art, art, art, everyone is a fucking artist. People want to be "artists", people call themselves "artists", what the fuck is an artist? Purely a worker who makes the "art" commodity, but justifies it with bullshit and charges for it. The poor sod making alternators in a factory can't sell you it as a modernist piece that is sure to bring your art deco living room together and impress all your turtle neck friends over a glass of Tesco chardonnay. Fuck art and fuck artists. As I said, self-expression is proletarian. Go paint some anti-government slogans in red paint on the side of a building, and you will have created more "art" than 99% of the shit made in studios. Why do you think Banksy's "art" sells so much? Because the people behind the Banksy project were smart and they packaged their "art" as genuine self-expression, they didn't abandon the gallery, they declared the outside to be the gallery, and the bullshit they sell you is "authenticity". Banksy has several movies and a hotel in Israel, they're porky as fuck but they are great at making a show and making you believe it is not "art".
>>5130 You're on the right track but you're wrong. It's not 'fuck artists' it's fuck pseduointellectuals. Do you think Rembrant wasn't an artist? Or Michelangelo or Van Gogh? The problem isn't "art is subjective" or "art is a commodity", because those aren t inherently true. ART involves self-expression but also involves environment, and many other objective things as well as subjective interpretations. Capitalism has taken this and MADE it a commodity and and MADE it into something that is subjective and undefined, because modern pop-culture and hipster shit is good money and promotes confusion among the masses.
>>1343 yes. I thinkmost people have it filed away as "this is just for leftists who are teachers", but it should be essential reading for everyone on the left, especially the people who have forgotten that the journey is part of the destination
>>5140 I'll give it a read. Any complimentary texts?
One thing that I struggle with as an educator is that institutional education is indeed "meritocratic" in the BAD sense: in itself education is liberating, people can get more knowledgeable and skeptical and many other good things, but schools are also constantly involved in ranking people and assigning them life choices in the capitalist hellscape. Even if this were a pure reflection of inherent ability and effort and had nothing to do with parents' class backgrounds or whatever, the whole process would feel pretty fucking scummy. This doesn't feel as bad as it feels good to lead people in education itself, but I also don't know how to deal with it, at least as an individual teacher.

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Comrade 10/25/2020 (Sun) 03:48:54 No. 5137 [Reply] [Last]
I'm interested in non-marxist historiography. Where should I start?
>>5137 please bros i need help
>>5146 Why?
Non-marxist theorizing of the craft of history: Hayden White, John Gaddis Non-Marxists with big theories of history: Peter Turchin, Michael Mann, various New Institutional Economics types Historiographies of specific subjects: any collection with a name like "[blackwell|cambridge|etc] [guide|handbook] to [subject] history," there's almost always a chapter with a good overview of the historiography keeping up with the discipline in general: reviews in AHR, especially those related to theory and method a nice primary source collection: fritz stern's "varieties of history" collects, essentially, the introductions to leading popular works of history over the last two and a half centuries; most aren't esp *individually* interesting but you get to see certain trends develop in their own words, which is valuable, rather than taking some meta-historiographer's word for it

How to decide what to read? Comrade 10/17/2020 (Sat) 23:46:34 No. 5014 [Reply] [Last]
What is your process? Do you use reading charts? Do you decide based on Recommendations? Aside from the obvious Leftist ones, which are the good and which are the bad Publishers?
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/lit/ memes and whatever I hear enough in the zeitgeist of our culture. Like, infinite jest is both a meme but also reverberates through the more thoughtful genx'ers. The western cannon etc. I think material analysis aside there's plenty of great fiction and nonfiction out there that helps one become more cultured and aware, even if it doesn't arise out of leftism.
>>5014 Well when I had to start somewhere it was lists and recs from boards. Like one time I came across a quote from Hesse's Siddhartha on 420ch and ended up reading a bunch of his work. Or I'd visit what I've heard is canon/classic, so I did that and would then see where the text ramifies out to, like contemporaneous or within the same nation (e.g. enjoyed Dostoyevsky, went on to Tolstoy and Gogol). It's much easier to decide where to go next when it comes to philosophy and theory.
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>>5017 >Solzhenitsyn He's not even considered a good writer in Russia. No, in fact he's an atrocious writer and his pretentious attempts at inventing his own neologisms, meandering prose with no rhyme or rhythm, and endless exposition dumps with ambitions of a wannabe 20th century Leo Tolstoy constantly fall flat on their face. All the bullshit aside. Don't know what to think of the rest of the list from this.
>>5054 Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is an excellent book. >...inventing his own neologisms, meandering prose with no rhyme or rhythm, and endless exposition dumps with ambitions of a wannabe 20th century Leo Tolstoy constantly fall flat on their face. This does not describe the book at all.
>>5014 >What is your process? When I had access to a university library + a lot of time, I searched through the library catalog for certain topics then skimmed various books on a single subject, discarding the ones that didn't seem useful and noting the names of the rest for further study. What I do now (since I only have access to what I can find on the internet) is to do the same thing by searching online using whatever platform is available, plus using authors sources and footnotes to find more books to read. This is a good way of compiling info on specific topics.

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9 out of 10 leftists have never read Capital SNLT 10/23/2020 (Fri) 05:10:43 No. 5108 [Reply] [Last]
Just gauging interest in a loosely organized Capital Reading Group. Not sure if a reading group has been done on here but we could agree to read a few chapters a week and then create a thread to discuss it or alternatively make a group signal/matrix for it. If there is no interest then please Sage or Ignore.
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>>5139 fixed permissions sry
>>5457 How's it going?
>>5139 use element.io to access; there's just two of us rn
I'm willing to answer questions about Capital if they're posted here: https://www.reddit.com/r/RedInk/ There's also a wiki and a book summary of Capital volume one, it includes chapters 1-14 and 19-22 so far. https://www.reddit.com/r/RedInk/wiki/index

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Comrade 10/21/2020 (Wed) 00:54:07 No. 5044 [Reply] [Last]
Any historical books similar to this?
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>>5044 That book is trash as a history book.
>>5044 A People’s History of the World is good
>>5048 Keep in mind if it's US history specifically you're interested in, Blackshirts and Reds and the first two Hobsbawm books (the ones I've read so far) don't generally discuss the U.S. in much depth.
>>5074 Why?
>>5461 Bad citation practices, tendentious in a bad way (i.e., not just that Zinnhas ideological presuppositions, which everyone does, or that his sympathies are with the left and/or the downtrodden, which to be sure is good, but that it's persuasive writing meant to identify good guys and bad guys rather than to really investigate causal logic.)

/chart/ Comrade 08/23/2020 (Sun) 20:22:47 No. 3423 [Reply] [Last]
I made these charts recently, if you have any ideas of new charts or charts of your own drop them here.
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>>3820 >The chief defect of all hitherto existing materialism – that of Feuerbach included – is that the thing, reality, sensuousness, is conceived only in the form of the object or of contemplation, but not as sensuous human activity, practice, not subjectively. Hence, in contradistinction to materialism, the active side was developed abstractly by idealism – which, of course, does not know real, sensuous activity as such. Feuerbach wants sensuous objects, really distinct from the thought objects, but he does not conceive human activity itself as objective activity. Hence, in The Essence of Christianity, he regards the theoretical attitude as the only genuinely human attitude, while practice is conceived and fixed only in its dirty-judaical manifestation. Hence he does not grasp the significance of “revolutionary”, of “practical-critical”, activity. what the hell does this even mean? how is the average prole to understand any of this
>>3821 These charts are for people interested in reading and learning, it's not for every prole on Earth. I agree in general that it shouldn't be the first on the list however. I would maybe put Engels there instead. Or the gotha program. There definitely is a barrier between these texts and new leftists because of a lack of understand of materialism, idealism, and dialectics. tbh read the wikipedia articles for these things to get an idea, there are also many good articles explaining these concepts in a less 19th century way. Basically he's saying all materialism is currently wack, it causes them to think that >theoretical attitude is the only genuinely human attitude, while practice is only conceived and fixed only in its manifestation Feuerbach does not think human activity is an objective activity, which is contrary to Marx's materialism. >>3801 This is a good guide also, you can pick your destiny so to speak. Marx says himself that in all sciences, the beginning is the hardest, and this is no exception.
let's revive and add to this thread instead of reeeeeing and screeching "read theory" all the time

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Theodor Adorno Comrade 10/25/2020 (Sun) 04:49:22 No. 5138 [Reply] [Last]
Frankfurt School Thread.
>>5462 Is that Yoko Onna?
>>5463 yup

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Comrade 05/22/2020 (Fri) 19:30:01 No. 1741 [Reply] [Last]
Is there any Marxist historians you recommend? >inb4 Grover Furr
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>>5029 is it good I've been planning to read it
Jairus Banaji's Theory as History is very, very good; highly recommended if you want to understand the purpose of Marxist historiography in the 21st century.
Franz Mehring
>>1741 Trotsky

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