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u/RhinestoneTaco · 3 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Although this comic doesn't really talk about it, Oklahoma used to be the American hotbed for socialism. At its height, the Socialist Party of Oklahoma controlled about 20% of the state assembly. They were the biggest socialist party in the U.S. by membership, even bigger than New York or Illinois.

>The Socialist Party of Oklahoma took its biggest steps forward in size and influence as the first decade of the 20th Century came to a close, with the decline of the Farmers' Union opened the door for the Socialists organizationally. In 1908 the party for the first time attempted to mobilize tenant farmers through inclusion of "land planks" in the electoral platform.

>The Oklahoma effort was aided by Julius Wayland and his widely circulated weekly, The Appeal to Reason, which published a special Oklahoma edition in 1908. The party's effort were rewarded, with Socialist candidates in the poorest cotton-growing areas of the state garnering the party's highest level of voter support. In certain counties the Socialist Presidential ticket of Eugene V. Debs and Ben Hanford drew a quarter of the votes cast. Statewide, the Debs-Hanford ticket won 21,425 votes — just short of 8.5% of the total ballots cast. The final departure of the People's Party from the political scene after the 1908 election further broadened Socialist horizons.

> At the time of the 1908 campaign an astonishing 375 locals of the Socialist Party were scattered across the state of Oklahoma, working in support of candidates in 5 Congressional Districts, 12 State Senatorial Districts, and 35 Assembly Districts. The SPO maintained a corps of 15 traveling organizers in the field, with no fewer than 4 of these on tour at any one time. A movement was begun for the establishment of a Socialist daily newspaper in Oklahoma City.

There's a really great book on it called "Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside, 1904–1920" by a historian named Jim Bissett. It's a good read, and it's hard not to feel like there's lessons to be learned from it in how to package and sell left-wing economic reform to people now-a-days.

u/hAND_OUT · 7 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

I'll add my two cents since this is something I've put some thought into, and will point to some other works you can check out.

I'll go a step beyond McCarthy here by saying I'm a fan of Zapffe's idea that self-awareness might be a mistake, a evolutionary trap:

>Such a ‘feeling of cosmic panic’ is pivotal to every human mind. Indeed, the race appears destined to perish in so far as any effective preservation and continuation of life is ruled out when all of the individual’s attention and energy goes to endure, or relay, the catastrophic high tension within.

>The tragedy of a species becoming unfit for life by overevolving one ability is not confined to humankind. Thus it is thought, for instance, that certain deer in paleontological times succumbed as they acquired overly-heavy horns. The mutations must be considered blind, they work, are thrown forth, without any contact of interest with their environment.

>In depressive states, the mind may be seen in the image of such an antler, in all its fantastic splendour pinning its bearer to the ground.

I am very interested in the historical cases of feral children, and the reports of the attempts to re-integrate them after years away from other people. It seems there is a age past which the mind loses a certain plasticity of infancy and learning speech is no longer possible. Though of course the cases are rare and the reports often hobbled by the perceptions of their time, it is also of great interest to me that these children appear to stay at about the same general level of intelligence as the animals that raised them for the rest of their lives (if they were rescued after a certain developmental period). I wonder about the relationship between language and self-awareness and to what degree they depend upon each other. You could learn so much with just a handful of EXTREMELY UNETHICAL experiments.

Other fun notes:

Peter Watt's Blindsight is a recent sci-fi novel with aliens who work entirely "subconsciously" (without self-awareness) and are able to be much more efficient as a result.

People who speak languages with more colors are able to distingush more colors

There is a ton of interesting work out there that has been done about the ways that limited language can lead to limited thought, if you're interested.

I also recommend The Spell Of The Sensuous if this is interesting to you. One of my favorite books. Hopefully we can get to it in the book club some day.

u/johnpetermarjorie · 9 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

This was definitely true of the socdem policy in James Baldwin's lifetime. This is a good overview of how New and Fair Deal policy was deliberately constructed, as the NAACP said of the Social Security Act at the time, "like a sieve with holes just big enough for the majority of Negroes to fall through." This on top of practices like redlining that seriously limited black people's ability to build a robust middle class with the GI Bill. While I agree with Leslie's thread and I think even the most mythical BernieBro wouldn't exclude PoC the way southern Democrats did, you can't completely dismiss that skepticism out of hand.

u/mugrimm · 15 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

These should be the top recommendations hands down, both of these books were designed with your specific goal in mind:

A People's History of America - This focuses on history of the US from the perspective of the everyman rather than the 'big man' side of history where every politician is a gentle statesman. It shows just how barbaric and ghoulish those in charge often are.

Lies My Teacher Told Me. - Similar to the last one, this one shows how modern history loves to pretend all sorts of shit did not happen or ignore anything that's even slightly discomforting, like the idea that Henry Ford literally inspired Hitler, both in a model industry and anti-semitism.

These are both relatively easy reads with lots of praise.

Adam Curtis docs are always good, I recommend starting with one called "Black Power" which answers the question "What happens to African countries when they try to play ball with the west?"

u/BizSchoolSocialist · 4 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

>Ah yes, the theory that profits belong to the worker

No, it's a theory that the ultimate source of profit lies in the asymmetry between the value that a worker adds to a product and the value of his wage. It's a descriptive, rather than normative, idea.

>financing, company good will, marketing, sales, product development, all of that just runs itself

Nobody here is claiming that those forms of labor "run themselves." Surplus value is extracted from all kinds of labor and laborers.

>shareholders decide its worth paying a CEO billions

Surplus value has nothing to do with CEOs in particular. It's the mechanism by which capital valorizes itself. Whether the management is being done by a petit-bourgeois owner, by a single manager, or by a team, is utterly irrelevant.

>wiki article that internet teenagers found fascinating

I'm not a teenager. And since Wikipedia is beneath you, here's the original, in HTML and print.

u/exoptable · 4 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

If you're starting to read his books, I recommend picking up ["The Holocaust Industry"] (, ["Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict"] (,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch), and [his most recent book] (

"The Holocaust Industry" isn't as provocative now as it is was when he first wrote the book, but it still solidly holds up today. An troubling insight into the "exploitation of Jewish suffering," as he states. It's fairly short compared his other works, but that's the work which brought him into the spotlight.

"Image and Reality" is a good starting point with Finkelstein on understanding the conflict, as he dissects, piece-by-piece, common false talking points and assertions over the conflict (Joan Peters, Benny Morris, Abba Eban, amongst others); his introduction to the book's second edition provides an excellent overview of the history.

Though, it'd be an understatement not to recommend his latest book. By far the largest amount of footnotes, and he affirms by his maxim of making the book as well-sourced and truthful "as is humanly possible". He details the Mavi Marmara incident, Operation Cast Lead, and Operation Protective Edge, and the inconsistent reporting of human rights organizations. The book's final statements, especially, cut deep. Certainly his best work, indeed his magnum opus.

Sometime later on I might go through "Beyond Chutzpah" (it's labeled as his "sequel" to "The Holocaust Industry"), but the three books above are a great start at the very least.

u/BlackFlagZigZag · 24 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse



>I read The Cosmic Serpent, by Jeremy Narby ( and found it interesting. It's far from obvious what people can and can't see under the influence of psychedelics. And I didn't "claim" anything. I put forward a tentative hypothesis. That is by no means a claim. If you have a better idea, put it forward.


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>I really believe that's a representation of DNA

u/isokayokay · 4 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

This is the best explanation I could find. And the Amazon reviews for the book are all ironic. But I don't remember if it was ever actually explained. Basically it seems like an inside joke between the Chapo guys that other people are pretending to be in on.

u/ThinkMinty · 1 pointr/ChapoTrapHouse

A Chapo Guide to Revolution and Anarchy Comics: The Complete Edition are good places to start. I've also seen people recommend The ABCs of Socialism, but I haven't read it so I can only say I've seen others say it's good.


u/chainlinks · -3 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Currently making my way through Thomas Sowell's work. Brilliant man, highly recommended!

u/l337kid · 1 pointr/ChapoTrapHouse

> I live in the third world,one who has suffered a lot because of Soviet Imperialism


Latin America has suffered under America a thousand times compared to anything the Soviet Union ever did.

Nice History.

Ever heard of the Monroe Doctrine?

I'd love to talk about American/ Soviet intervention in Central/Latin America.

Here's something to start:

Have you got anything on the topic of "Soviet imperialism"? Hahahahaha

u/dahamburglar · 31 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

haha they have already started posting negative reviews on Amazon:

> I would recommend readers pick up Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life instead.

They are definitely not mad

> Typical neomarxist garbage. Would give 0 stars if I could.

Weird that these are all March 16th...

> garbage

u/TheYetiCaptain1993 · 11 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Hijacking this comment: Every single person in this sub needs to read A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey

It's short and jam packed with great info.

u/Kings_of_De_Leon · 4 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Not saying FDR didn’t work to improve the lives of the working class, but it’s important to note that he didn’t really challenge the position of white supremacism in American politics, and so the New Deal disproportionately benefited white people while ignoring many black communities.

I highly recommend everyone read When Affirmation Action was White, by Ira Katznelson.

u/joeTaco · 15 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

God their constant attempts to redefine "neoliberal" are so fucking annoying. Also the "post-ideological" posturing. How do they not realize how transparent this is?

In a fair society, this book would be in their sidebar.

u/Ohmiglob · 15 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Garfield is from a Virgil thing, Jared innocence project, and elevators are a twitter thing. [X]cel is a Reddit thing that the dry boys picked up on, Gorilla mindset is Cernovich's ethos and Metal Gear is the most apt cultural zeitgeist of our time.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Background: Blueprints for a Sparkling Tomorrow^ is a parody of nonsensical academic texts.

read the reviews and note the date when they were published)

u/kafkaBro · 0 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Well since you so better at reading than me, you should check out this book by Stigler's protegee:

u/SteveBule · 33 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

u/packattacks if you want some examples of non-authoritarian communist and socialist attempts at government, check out William Blum's Killing Hope. It's a great book and shows many examples of democratic leftist movements that the CIA tried to destroy

u/wcallahan24 · 3 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

not available yet, but i found it at my local book store last night which you should buy it at if you do

u/VeraKelland · 9 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

There's this I dunno if it's the same one but I have it and it's decent, if a bit short.

u/Hellestheaeus · 7 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Every question here is covered in the book.

u/kavabean2 · 1 pointr/ChapoTrapHouse

I believe that Bureaucratic class in Russia could be Imperialist and do other bad stuff too. Humans are often violent creatures.

This doesn't change that almost every cruel act that Stalin was accused of, including Katyn Massacre in Poland, has been debunked. Khrushchev's attacks on Stalin were addressed in Krushchev Lied and the Katyn Massacre was addressed explicitly in The Mystery of the Katyn Massacre

So most of the claims of psychopathic actions by Stalin are proven false and there are many widely supported histories of him, both personal and officially recorded actions, being a competent and detail-oriented organiser and engineer with great empathy for his people, great diligence, and frugality.

I just ask you to read Krushchev Lied and see what you think. That's all.

I would like to understand better the details of how life under communism in non-Russian Soviets was inferior to that of Russia.

If you have a book I could read how Communism in Poland in particular but also other non-Russian Soviets had worse conditions than Communism in Russia because of Russian resource extraction can you please provide a reference? I would like to read about it. It is a priority for me to read books that are written by an author who is not explicitly anti-communist and who focuses on primary sources (government records, etc) and statistical data instead of only testimonials.

u/woodandiron · 3 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

I did a Google search and there's a book with that tile but not sure if it's what they were referencing.

u/TheAdamMorrison · 19 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

I think everyone here in particular should buy the Chapo book.

edit: when I made this comment I thought I was on r/mma, turns out i was just on drunk

u/escozzia · 2 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

the danger is that the dude isn't accessible to rational argument. you could give him some homework, and if he does his readings in good faith maybe he'll change his mind. chances are your buddy doesn't think of himself as a racist, so maybe some basic understanding of history will help him out.

but again, probably he's going to feel very skeptical about this whole thing, so he's not really going to engage with the arguments properly. and the problem with wanting to attack things that are systemic is that sometimes you need to look at a large amount of evidence before you start thinking that there's a system pulling the strings.

i think the way people change their minds is by surrounding themselves with folks that have a certain viewpoint -- over time you begin to understand it much better than just by swallowing a bunch of books. essentially if all your friends think that X is a given, you're much more likely to believe X than if half your friends are desperately trying to convince you.

if he's starting to hate his job, and if he's starting to hate capitalism, then that's something that's directly accessible to him, that's something you can work with. stupid example: get him into street fight. they mostly talk about the pains of working minimum wage but it's from a clear left perspective, so they point out the way the system fucks black people whenever the subject does come up. more robustly, try getting him into left spaces (as long as he's not going to be a dick to others there). over time, he'll get to interact with racial minorities on the receiving end of this fuckery, and begin to understand that "hey, if all these folks agree with me that my boss is a dick they're probably on my side, so maybe i should listen to them about black people".