Just started this gorgeous thing yesterday. Theres something shocking and endearing about such a dense economic text, being fleshed out with such obvious literary ambitions- the sweeping historical narratives, the grandiose predictions (and their aspersions), the self concious commentary that reigns in perspectives to an intuitive level. Im beyond impressed.**
Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein have created the Solar Pocket Factory which prints high quality microsolar panels every 15 seconds.
"Of course if we choose to use a language comprehensible only to law and economics graduates it will be easy to prove that the masses need to have their life run for them. But if we speak in plain language, if we are not obsessed with a perverse determination to confuse the issues and exclude the people, then it will be clear that the masses comprehend all the finer points and every artifice. Resorting to technical language means you are determined to treat the masses as uninitiated. Such language is a poor front for the lecturer’s intent to deceive the people and leave them on the sidelines. Language’s endeavor to confuse is a mask behind which looms an even greater undertaking to dispossess. The intention is to strip the people of their possessions as well as their sovereignty. You can explain anything to the people provided you really want them to understand."
*W Rok Po Polsku: Polish in A Year
*Glossary of Polish Lexical Minimum
*The Polish Alphabet and Sounds
*”Polish Grammar in A Nutshell”
-by Oscar E. Swan, University of Pittsburgh
*Speak Polish with Confidence
-Joanna Michalak-Gray, Teach Yourself
-Ewa Wanasz Bialasiewicz, Hippocrene Beginners Series
"I was left behind with the immensity of existing things. A sponge, suffering because it cannot saturate itself; a river, suffering because reflections of clouds and trees are not clouds and trees."
Theory is essentially the intellectual expression of the revolutionary process itself. In it every stage of the process becomes fixed so that it may be generalised, communicated, utilised and developed. Because the theory does nothing but arrest and make conscious each necessary step, it becomes at the same time the necessary premise of the following one.
— György Lukács
I’ve put together a list of books, articles, essays, anthologies, and collected works that are essential reading for those who wish to possess a basic understanding of Marxist theory. I’ve included links (PDFs or HTML on MIA) to the full text of every single work I’ve included in this list. The list begins with Marx and ends with contemporary Marxist academics and intellectuals, while covering everything in between. The list is organized chronologically, not in order of what should be read first (although in a sense, it is almost organized in terms of who should be read first). This still is, and will always be, a work in progress.
I tried to keep this selection as pure as I possibly could (a friend of mine described this list as “Salafi Marxist”) despite the fact that I had to sacrifice some of its purity for the sake of inclusion and variety. This list does not represent me or my views in its entirety; I’ve included a few Marxist theorists whose assertions I reject and theorists whose fan clubs I despise (I’m looking at you, Trots).
Marx and Engels:
The Marx-Engels Collected Works
The MECW consists of 32,000 pages of works written by Marx and Engels. It contains most (if not all) of what I’ve listed above (and a whole lot more) in one PDF document.
Lenin’s Collected Works
45 volumes that include almost every word Lenin has ever written, with two exceptions (listed at the bottom of the page) with links.
The following are all very short pieces by Gramsci:
The Frankfurt School:
A lot more can be found on the Marxists Internet Archive and the E-Book Collective websites.
(Source: levantineviper-archive, via frantzofanon)
For Imani/metallurgies who asked so sweetly if I have anything to read on architecture. Here’s some recent stuff.
Also: Wall, space and violence and On Architecture Under Capitalism.