What are some topics in sociology, economics, philosophy, anthropology,...

Nathaniel Carter
Nathaniel Carter

What are some topics in sociology, economics, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, or history you think leftists should explore more often, and why?

What would make a good topic of exploration if, say, you were writing a graduate thesis from a leftist perspective in the humanities or social sciences?

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complexitylabs.io/books/
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Kayden Long
Kayden Long

marine biology

Cameron Nelson
Cameron Nelson

urban revolts vs. peasant revolts
concepts of time
Marxist conceptions of wisdom
siege mentality
how egalitarian communities last
psychology of capitalist vs pre-capitalist societies
women in revolution
religion in revolution
socialist theories of the family
Marxist understanding of truth

Ryder Davis
Ryder Davis

The role of myth would be a good one.

Landon Edwards
Landon Edwards

Pick what interests you
Applying dialectical and historical materialism as a basis for your exploration of the topic will assist you far more than you might suspect
You may need to elide and obscure these high power research tools from your supervisor if you want the piece of paper and they're unsympathetic to actual real Marxist theory however

Jackson Butler
Jackson Butler

sociology, economics, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, or history
It's all connected, you tard.

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Isaiah Murphy
Isaiah Murphy

entymology

William Ortiz
William Ortiz

urban revolts vs. peasant revolts
this is what i did at uni

Aiden Foster
Aiden Foster

Funny that you post Althusser who actually threw out the concept of Marxist totality.

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan

People on the left should finally read fucking post modernists like baudrillard an Foucault for their analysis of the postmodern society and its power dynamics since, and it hurts me that I even have to say it, a revolution like 1918 will never ever happen in a first world country again which these retarded ☭TANKIE☭ larp about 24/7

I mean at least read society of the spectacle since it pretty much did that, not much in detail but from a marxistic perspective

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Isaac Long
Isaac Long

Architecture and aesthetics

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Isaiah Johnson
Isaiah Johnson

I think Marxists need to analyse in a deeper context the dialectical shifts prior to the development of capitalism: slave society into feudalism, proto-communism into slave society ect. You never see Marxist analysis of ancient history.

Oliver Martin
Oliver Martin

You never see Marxist analysis of ancient history.

David Graeber and John Zerzan are the first people to pop into mind. Might want to do some more research.

Jayden Ortiz
Jayden Ortiz

Tbf they're both anprims, I mean more you'll find loads of essays on say proto-capitalism in Russia in the pre mongol period but not class relations in the Achaemenid Empire.

Nolan Rodriguez
Nolan Rodriguez

a revolution like 1918 will never ever happen in a first world country again which these retarded ☭TANKIE☭ larp about 24/7

t. no one

we study revolutions of the past because we are scientific socialists. if we did not study the past, but instead fell into pomo bullshit, we'd end up in the exact position of the mainstream """left""" today, virtue signalling and failing to accomplish literally anything.

if you actually read Left-Wing Communism, you'd know Lenin talks specifically about this point: revolutions do not happen in the same way and trying to apply the lessons of the Bolsheviks move-for-move is incorrect and doomed to failure (look at the Hungarian Soviet). but what Lenin does talk about is the lessons that can and will apply in every revolutionary situation.

Easton Barnes
Easton Barnes

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Class_Struggle_in_the_Ancient_Greek_World

Parker Garcia
Parker Garcia

if we did not study the past, but instead fell into pomo bullshit, we'd end up in the exact position of the mainstream """left""" today, virtue signalling and failing to accomplish literally anything
implying pomos didn't study the past
implying pomo has anything to do with the neoliberal left of today (Foucault specifically said that he was against identity politics)
Thanks for being a prime example for ☭TANKIE☭s with the exact same understanding of postmodernism as a JP fanboy
One could almost think I was samefagging to illustrate my own argument

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Jayden Cooper
Jayden Cooper

Sup sorelfag

Joshua Rodriguez
Joshua Rodriguez

As an ex-Muslim I'd like to see Marxists write about the rise of Islam and the Khilafah/Caliphate based on all the new evidence we have today, i.e. that the Qur'an is probably a lot older, and "Islam" was most likely a combination of local traditions which became a state religion after the Empire came into existence.

Caleb Wood
Caleb Wood

Book recommendations pls.

Christian Bell
Christian Bell

I haven't heard of any theories like that? I mean Muhammad was a bloke that united the Arab tribes and launched a conquest. Is the theory that he merely united various beliefs and did that? I mean that would still make him like Abraham tier as opposed to Jesus tier (in terms of theological origins).

Connor Brown
Connor Brown

The theories I've heard are that "Muhammad" was a legendary figure who was based on a real guy, probably a Samaritan from Babylon. The Lakhmids (who practiced a form of non-trinitarian Xtianity) overthrew the Persians and then later teamed up with the Ghassanids to defeat the Byzantines and go into Egypt and whatnot. Mecca as we know it today didn't even exist until the 800s and the Qur'an is most likely describing events which occurred in Palestine and Mesopotamia.

Lucas Green
Lucas Green

Would you be the same ex-muslim leninist fem-user I recall from about a year ago? Or am I crazy and mixing up my comrades? Never the less, I'm always curious as to people's opinion on the confrontation of communism and religion. Are you of the opinion that it needs to be systematically dismantled, de-fanged and reintergrated into a socialist society, or simply left free so the religious can do as they may providing they don't contradict a communist society's laws and constitution?

Dominic Reed
Dominic Reed

Finger painting

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Benjamin King
Benjamin King

I feel like the dogmatic view of dialectical materialism in terms of revolution that was stratified by Stalin needs an overhaul. Marx was wrong about revolution occurring in advanced capitalist countries, and the Third Worldist explanation that this because they are "bought off" by imperialism is, while partly true, certainly not satisfactory. I feel like Marxists need to stop to shy away from Weberian sociology and try to find out what exactly creates a revolutionary situation, and what creates a situation in which fascism is likely to win. This ideological, superstructural aspect of social movements is either ignored or underestimated by modern Marxists. Because clearly, a collapse of capitalism into turmoil and torrents of blood, such as WWII, was not sufficient for a global socialist consciousness.

I know Debord and Baudrillard have tried to address this but their explanations are lacklusters as well.

This. Most Marxists know shit about pre-capitalist societies. Whenever you see Marxists try to talk about the Middle Ages or Antiquity you get takes that are nothing short of a disaster. I mean it is not really relevant for revolutionary thought, but it is interesting to me.

Hunter Ward
Hunter Ward

That's me, yes.

I would also add Marxists (western Marxists in particular) know jack shit about non-western cultures and our psychology. They universalize modern western norms and values on everyone and only bring up cultural differences in a superficial manner ("the Ottoman Empire wasn't a REAL empire because it wasn't western and empires are ONLY a western thing!"). That needs to stop ASAP.

Brayden Morris
Brayden Morris

the Ottoman Empire wasn't a REAL empire because it wasn't western and empires are ONLY a western thing
People actually say this?

Juan Walker
Juan Walker

I'd break your jaw if I knew who you were, kid. You don't know anything. Slice open your wrist and put it into very hot water and bleed out, cunt.

Jacob Richardson
Jacob Richardson

Is this a meme?

Isaiah Wilson
Isaiah Wilson

Two memes one modern; one ancient.

Anthony Perry
Anthony Perry

Apparently there was an school of historians in the soviet union founded by V.V. Struve that looked at ancient Mesopotamia but that isn't in english as far as I know. There is also Reinhard Bernbeck

For Greece there is De Croix (already mentioned) & Jean-Pierre Vernant who's more of an structuralist bent.

I think part of the problem is that studying ancient history is extremely specialized & often requires learning dead languages that an handful of other poeple know. Nobody has the time for that except for the intelligentsia stratum. I would love to be an expert in ancient Mesopotamia but I would have to learn Akkadian & Sumerian for that to happen. Sadly Marxists are an extreme minority in the classical antiquity scholarship.

Brayden Lewis
Brayden Lewis

Everyone who considers themselves in favor of revolution needs to be studying the emerging science of complex adaptive systems. It's essentially a formalization of the work Engels started with 'Dialectics of Nature', and the fact that neither Marxists nor complexity scientists seem to realize this infuriates me. I firmly believe that systems thinking is the key ingredient that will help Marxism graduate into a full-fledged science, as concrete as evolutionary biology or ecology. It will certainly help us understand what has gone wrong in the past, and what the necessary conditions for future success will be.

As an example: necsi.edu/research/social/foodcrises.html
Researchers from the New England Complex Systems Institute were able to "identify a specific food price threshold above which protests become likely". This is an extremely basic example from a field in its absolute infancy. I invite you to imagine what could be achieved if Marxists were well-versed in this field, and turned these analytical methods to the question of revolution.

If you want to learn more, Complexity Labs has an introductory video series, and their website has quite a few free study materials:
hooktube.com/channel/UCutCcajxhR33k9UR-DdLsAQ
complexitylabs.io/books/

Other research outfits include the Santa Fe Institute, and the Institute for the Study of Complex Systems.

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