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Lucky Black Cat
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Apr 10 2018 11:18
Favorite YouTubers

Soooo... who are some of your fave YouTubers, for politics stuff?

There are quite a few that I like, but my favorite is Contra Points. It's not that I agree with her on everything, and I have some significant disagreements for sure. But even when I disagree, I feel like she's coming from an intellectually honest place, rather than ideologically knee-jerk or close minded; that she never comes across as arrogant, and will admit when she's uncertain or uninformed or confused; and I feel like if you met her IRL, she'd be someone with who you could discuss your disagreements in an open minded way.

But the thing I like best about her videos is that they're actually fun to watch!

She's apparently had quite a bit of success at getting anti-SJW types to become supportive of (or at least less hostile to) issues of gender, race, etc.

Also, her series of videos on trans stuff are amazing, both in terms of being educational/enlightening and also entertaining (one of them is also quite emotionally moving). I've watched all her videos, and earlier on, she identified as a man, then as gender queer, and now as a woman. And as she went on this journey, she made some videos about it along the way.

Another YouTuber I like is Libertarian Socialist Rants. He even did a video on the libcom introduction to capitalism.

Anyways, let's get a list going of YouTubers that libcomers like!

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Apr 10 2018 12:52

None comes to mind. YouTube is not really my go-to source for learning about something.

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Apr 10 2018 19:12
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very factual and accurate as opposed to more flashy and entertaining but wrong

Wait... you're saying I should care more about politics and accuracy than I do about flash and entertainment?! No, no, no; you've got it all backwards, Comrade_Emma (or should I say, Comrade_Buzzkill!)

JK Yeah, fair point.

zugzwang wrote:
YouTube is not really my go-to source for learning about something.

I look to YouTube as a form of infotainment. I find normal TV too addicting -- it's hard for me to start a series without binge-watching and neglecting all my responsibilities and my life falling to pieces (damn you, Netflix!). So at the end of a long day, or while I'm taking a break, I like to watch YouTube.

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ProSocialism, especially his three latest videos are in my opinion the best since they are very factual and accurate

Awesome, will check em out. Thanks!. smile

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as opposed to more flashy and entertaining but wrong videos like those by people like xexizy.

And will check them out, too, as a potential guilty pleasure.

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Apr 10 2018 19:28

I just watched ProSocialism's vid on the 1905 Russian Revolution. Not flashy, but I did find it entertaining, as well as informative. They're a hella good storyteller.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdkdyQal9SU

(Edit: It's less than 5 minutes, for those wondering if they have time for the click)

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Apr 10 2018 20:53

This is a great vid from Contrapoints...

https://youtu.be/zPa1wikTd5c

If you want to experience disbelief and astonishment, check out the incredible musclebound nationalist Viking puppy dog The Golden One!

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Apr 11 2018 17:33

Red and Black is kind of OK, I think Martin is connected with Class War but his commentary is usually pretty good despite him dropping the occasional reactionary clanger.

https://youtu.be/jCtd0IvlfQI

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Apr 11 2018 19:44

I like

anarchopac https://www.youtube.com/user/anarchopac/videos

SocialRevolution https://www.youtube.com/user/stabbedagainandagain/videos

Anarchist Spectacle https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjdp1zvCaLOR4VOrpGz6mA/videos

AudibleAnarchist(audio books) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaO1QA8QL99_eb0XhJI2Fyw/videos

Working Class History https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS07I8wcmxtvUCMd-oMkbFw/videos

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Apr 14 2018 03:38

Well the channel isn't really appropriate but the video review of the film Sacco and Vanzetti covered anarchism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdnznPf9gDA

I became a sort of research consultant for it. The political bits aren't great but it was literally their first time looking at the subject. Lord knows I've seen much worse first time impressions. They've also said they'll be doing more videos on Japanese anarchism and radical politics in film later, so hopefully they'll improve.

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Apr 15 2018 16:19

Contrapoints, Sean and hbomberguy are probably my favourite "political" YouTubers. I occasionally watch stimulator as well, but find their style a little grating although they do cover a lot of interesting stuff, albeit not in a great deal of depth. I also have a soft spot for PZ Myers, who is a leftist but mostly posts about atheism and the sceptic community (his blog Pharyngula is also pretty good IMO).

Would be good to see more and better anarchist and communist content on the platform as it does seem like a space has opened up for that with the rising popularity of certain left wing channels and the current state of disarray of the dominant conservative/alt-right personalities who have been the main political voices on YouTube for so long. I <3 Contrapoints to bits but as she has freely admitted economic and political theory isn't really her thing as such so there's a space for more in depth videos on those sorts of topics IMO, if they were put together well and delivered in an entertaining way.

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Apr 15 2018 22:16
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Would be good to see more and better anarchist and communist content on the platform as it does seem like a space has opened up for that

I'd love it if there were an anarchist/communist version of Extra History. Historical events and lives, told as engaging little 6-part stories. Well written, amusing cartoons, etc. I'd try and do it myself, but unfortunately I can't draw to save my life. [EDIT: i also can't write, and im not amusing either.]

I haven't watched youtube stuff for politics myself, but i'll probably check out some of the ones people are mentioning here.

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Apr 16 2018 07:03

Yay! Our list is growing. smile

Here's a video from a channel I just discovered. Gives a clear, easy to understand explanation of labor exploitation in capitalism. Also kinda fun to watch. The kind of thing you can share with your liberal or apolitical friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVCqOpM4UUw

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I'd love it if there were an anarchist/communist version of Extra History. Historical events and lives, told as engaging little 6-part stories. Well written, amusing cartoons, etc.

Oooh, I haven't even heard of this, but just from your brief description, I'd love something like that, too.

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I'd try and do it myself, but unfortunately I can't draw to save my life. [EDIT: i also can't write, and im not amusing either.]

Username checks out. wink

I think you should go for it, tho, if you have the time. Some really popular stuff on YouTube is made by people who suck at drawing, but they make that their thing, and it works for them. Like Casually Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JANApS0P4z8

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Apr 16 2018 10:17
Lucky Black Cat wrote:
Here's a video from a channel I just discovered. Gives a clear, easy to understand explanation of labor exploitation in capitalism. Also kinda fun to watch. The kind of thing you can share with your liberal or apolitical friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVCqOpM4UUw

Not to sound nit picky but that video is really is just sloganeering, it's obvious that the creator has not read Marx and is just guessing what words used in his critique of the political economy mean(and sometimes even creating his own word combinations).

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Apr 16 2018 15:47
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Uncreative wrote:
I'd try and do it myself, but unfortunately I can't draw to save my life. [EDIT: i also can't write, and im not amusing either.]

Username checks out. wink

I think you should go for it, tho, if you have the time. Some really popular stuff on YouTube is made by people who suck at drawing, but they make that their thing, and it works for them. Like Casually Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JANApS0P4z8

Maybe you could get away with using a combination of basic animation and historical footage and photographs etc. as long as it's well written and entertaining. I'd offer to help but I can't draw either.

~J.

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Apr 17 2018 02:51
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Lucky Black Cat wrote:
Here's a video from a channel I just discovered. Gives a clear, easy to understand explanation of labor exploitation in capitalism. Also kinda fun to watch. The kind of thing you can share with your liberal or apolitical friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVCqOpM4UUw

Not to sound nit picky but that video is really is just sloganeering, it's obvious that the creator has not read Marx and is just guessing what words used in his critique of the political economy mean(and sometimes even creating his own word combinations).

I think he's just trying to get through to a more mainstream audience. Most people are put off by Marxist jargon. I see nothing wrong with inventing new word combinations. I don't think Marx would mind, either. I think he'd be more likely to mind it if people felt his ideas should only be talked about using the same word combinations he used. I think he'd say we should lighten the hell up!

I know people put Marx on a pedestal, and hey, he was a really smart guy, maybe he deserves to be up there. But surely no pedestal should be so high that we can't put the person's ideas in our own words?

I dunno. Maybe there are particular words / word combinations you're talking about that are important to keep in order to preserve a proper understanding of the idea. And if that's the case, then fair enough. Can you give me an example of what words / word combos you're put off by?

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Apr 17 2018 06:06

What would be the appropriate term in this case?

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Apr 17 2018 16:26

Eh,Marx used the term selling of Labor in his early works, Wage Labour and Capital for example. Engels edited much of Marx's earlier economic works in the 1890s and often substituted the term Labor-power.

It also seems pretty clear he's using the term Labour value in much the same way it was originally used in Wage Labour and Capital. He even uses a similar argument structure making use of workplace examples to demonstrate the economic relationships.

Also Labour Value is attributed to Adam Smith,to say the video maker made it up is pretty weird when it literally cuts to a Adam Smith talking head quoting the wealth of nations. http://geolib.com/smith.adam/won1-05.html

And to be honest I don't really see where you're getting that what that video is saying is just as impenetrable compared to official Marxist terms. Aside from the Adam Smith quotation I've actually heard most of the terms used and arguments on several occasions at workplaces and in community meetings.

In contrast the only times I've heard rigid discussions sticking to the letter of Marxist terms have been in meetings of the small openly political groups.Even then most Marxists I've come across don't make frequent usage of the terminology.

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Apr 18 2018 22:19

Contradicting myself but I thought the spgb had a nice video on capitalism, Capitalism and Kids Stuff. I like some of the more informative videos as well, used to occasionally watch/listen to Chomsky Philosophy (just short clips of Chomsky talking), but generally I don't think you can find serious or in-depth content on youtube (unless it's like an audiobook). I think I got it down pat why capitalism is bad, so don't need to watch another video about that. With a lot of youtubers it seems like the creators themselves are more important than whatever they're saying, and I don't care about personalities or helping people's youtube careers etc. The in-your-face anarchist or communist types are also quite intolerable, don't see how they think they're going to appeal to a larger audience (besides just their friends/comrades). I used to also listen to Democracy at Work/Richard Wolff. I liked the format of their podcasts/talks (which were sometimes interesting news-wise) but Wolff's worker coop ideas are crap (as well as his interpretation of Marx).

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Apr 18 2018 16:34

SomeGreyBloke is pretty good for a little political parody. This one gives a good idea of the schtick. It’s very funny!

https://youtu.be/cfDYcEAg2DA

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Apr 19 2018 09:53

Haha, I saw that one a while back. Good stuff.

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zugzwang wrote:
Contradicting myself but I thought the spgb had a nice video on capitalism, Capitalism and Kids Stuff.

I'm gonna see if I can find that video. I've read some of their articles and been impressed.

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I think I got it down pat why capitalism is bad, so don't need to watch another video about that. .

LOL, true!

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I used to also listen to Democracy at Work/Richard Wolff. I liked the format of their podcasts/talks (which were sometimes interesting news-wise) but Wolff's worker coop ideas are crap (as well as his interpretation of Marx)

I've seen two or three of his vids. Yeah, there are alotta problems with his politics. He's a very engaging speaker, though.

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zugzwang wrote:
Contradicting myself but I thought the spgb had a nice video on capitalism, Capitalism and Kids Stuff.

I'm gonna see if I can find that video. I've read some of their articles and been impressed.

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I think I got it down pat why capitalism is bad, so don't need to watch another video about that. .

LOL, true!

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I used to also listen to Democracy at Work/Richard Wolff. I liked the format of their podcasts/talks (which were sometimes interesting news-wise) but Wolff's worker coop ideas are crap (as well as his interpretation of Marx)

I've seen two or three of his vids. Yeah, there are alotta problems with his politics. He's a very engaging speaker, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEQk4VvVUGw&t=1143s

Kind of zeitgeist-ish but done before all of that (2005-ish actually, which is pretty neat considering YouTube wasn't even a thing then) and obvioulsy less conspiracies and bullshit. Strangely enough the person who's posting that seems to be a fan of the now deceased Fresco.

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Apr 20 2018 20:38

This is a video essay that started as a look at the Hobbit films and morphed into an examination of how international film studios managed to change labour relations for the nation of New Zealand and push through greater casualization of its labour force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi7t_g5QObs

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This is a video essay that started as a look at the Hobbit films and morphed into an examination of how international film studios managed to change labour relations for the nation of New Zealand and push through greater casualization of its labour force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi7t_g5QObs

Lindsay Ellis is a bit of a wet liberal going by some of her earlier work, but I do generally enjoy her stuff and her Hobbit videos have been particularly well researched and enjoyable.

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You can just request an account deletion, you don't have to hunt down all your old comments and delete them. Its also really rude as it wrecks the conversation flow of threads for anyone curious whose reading.

Anyway I've been watching some videos by a German youtuber called Three Arrows, I'm guessing by the choice of icon and comments he's made on contemporary German politics he's social democratic. Though when he briefly brought up how the SPD remained in power after WWI he was very critical.

He mainly makes videos debunking popular right wing videos about history, including holocaust revisionism.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCT8a7d6S6RJUivBgNRsiYg

Edit: Forgot to add, Three Arrows has been the target of video take down campaigns, so if you do like his videos you may want to get into the habit of downloading them. I discovered him when a video was taken down but mirrored by others.

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Lindsay Ellis is a bit of a wet liberal going by some of her earlier work, but I do generally enjoy her stuff and her Hobbit videos have been particularly well researched and enjoyable.

Her political views have matured a lot in recent years, she's a lot more familiar with political radicals who were influential in film and stage and she's brought some of that into her videos.