☭ Sup Marxists? ☭


looked at an online excerpt from Whitman’s book, but from what I’ve seen, Burleigh and Wipperman isn’t cited. However, I’m judging from freely available excerpts and “look inside this book” . I may have to pay a visit to a library/ bookstore.


It’s an older book (and was when I read it, like 8 or 9 years ago, maybe more), and it might just be out of date - it seems like it was already a few years old by then. I’m sure lots of literature has been written on eugenics in the nazi regime since then.

Either, way, Whitman’s book looks interesting.


BTW: ever read SJ Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man? It’s a history of IQ testing that is also, not coincidentally, a history of scientific racism. You’d probably find it interesting.

It also contains the clearest non-mathematician’s explanation of factor analysis ever written.



I have not. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!


The appendix smashing The Bell Curve is only in the later editions, BTW. The pdf I linked above has it.


I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet. I will need to.


Apparently, the New York Times has a series of articles on communism in teh 20th century, since it’s the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution:

Tariq Ali’s article on Lenin was pretty good!


He’s not entirely wrong. If the girl had friends and was wielding a spear, the whole tableau might begin making a little bit of sense. After 30 years of being an unironic imitation of Dogs Playing Poker.


I wonder if they also complained about Mr. Robot, where activists cut its balls off.


He really won’t like my bronze sculpture of a trampled eagle being installed at the feet of the bull.


Works on so many levels.


Speaking of trampling:


I get the reference, but to me that image says “Help! Help! I’m being oppressed by Monty Python!”



Hmm. Thank you for the ten foot pole, but I’m still not going to touch it.


I’ve come to see Rachel Dolezal as a bit of a weird fantasist, tbh, but by far the most fascinating thing about this whole concept is the violence (and I don’t mean to claim that ‘words are violence’, I just mean the strength of feeling and compulsive urge to eradicate the concept wherever it arises) reaction against it.