Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

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molder

Out again, over railways where rolling stock moldered.

—p.76 The Last Days of New Paris (1) by China Miéville
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Hitler the artist

[...] "The Führer himself," Virginie said heavily, "is an artist, after all." Reproductions of his barely competent watercolors, his hesitant lines, his featureless faces, his vacuous, pretty, empty urban façades, had circulated as curios in occult Paris. Virginie and Thibault shared a glance o...

—p.32 The Last Days of New Paris (1) by China Miéville
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a connection between our hopes and our hypotheses

Are political hopes blurring our theoretical visions? Our answer is this: Reflexively admitting a connection between our hopes and our hypotheses is a necessary component of theoretical honesty in social science, especially when dealing with our own times. Social theory is often likened to lenses...

—p.188 Getting Real (163) by Craig J. Calhoun, Georgi Derluguian, Immanuel Wallerstein, Michael Mann, Randall Collins
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the New Right and the New Left

In the meantime a different kind of popular movement began emerging from the Right. The New Right snatched many of its tactics and even former activists from the dispirited New Left. This turn to the right marked the end of the long period dominated by class politics with its familiar symbols, ta...

—p.169 Getting Real (163) by Craig J. Calhoun, Georgi Derluguian, Immanuel Wallerstein, Michael Mann, Randall Collins
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profligate Greeks and prudent Germans

The futures of the Euro and the eurozone remain uncertain. Spain and Portugal have gained minimal stability only for Italy to wobble and Cypus enter a tailspin. No one knows how far the European crisis will spread: perhaps to old member Belgium or new member Slovenia, perhaps to the EU itself, en...

—p.141 What Threatens Capitalism Now? (131) by Craig J. Calhoun
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capitalism and nation-states

[...] But we should recognize that the Soviet Union was not equivalent to socialism and thereby somehow directly analogous to capitalism. It was something more particular and of a different order.

This is so whether we treat capitalism as a set of practices that can be undertaken by capitalist...

—p.124 What Communism Was (99) by Craig J. Calhoun
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a sociological version of Animal Farm

Immanuel Wallerstein had been long (and very controversially) comparing communist states to factories seized by a labor union during a strike.' If the workers try to operate the factory themselves, they inevitably have to follow the rules of capitalist markets. The workers might get a better dist...

—p.113 What Communism Was (99) by Georgi Derluguian
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eschatology

followed the eschatological vision of Karl Marx

on the Bolsheviks in 1917

—p.106 What Communism Was (99) by Georgi Derluguian
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background on the Russian revolution

Nobody in 1917 considered the revolution in Russia unexpected. The Russian nobility had long been haunted by the specter of serf peasants revolting to avenge their near-slave condition. A modern proletarian revolution had been awaited ever since the European upheavals of 1848. This fear/hope was ...

—p.105 What Communism Was (99) by Georgi Derluguian
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obstacles to revolutionary change

There is a further obstacle to revolutionary change. The communist and fascist revolutionary alternatives to capitalism were disasters, and they are the only ones to have emerged so far. There are no other alternatives around and almost no one wants to repeat either of those. Socialism, whether r...

—p.91 The End May Be Nigh, But For Whom? (71) by Michael Mann
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on creative destruction

Moreover, new markets need not be restricted by geography. They can also be created by cultivating new needs. Capitalism has grown adept at persuading families that they need two cars, bigger and bigger houses, more and more electronic devices. Whoever dreamt of this fifty years ago? What will ou...

—p.89 The End May Be Nigh, But For Whom? (71) by Michael Mann
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cathexis

he could perform cathexis

probably has a manif-specific meaning here but I assume the general idea is the same

—p.26 The Last Days of New Paris (1) by China Miéville
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agitprop

a grim collage, an agitprop warning.

—p.10 The Last Days of New Paris (1) by China Miéville
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cosset

They cosset the skeletons of the fallen.

—p.11 The Last Days of New Paris (1) by China Miéville
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terminal transformation in world-system theory archive/dissertation

Another estimate of the timing of future capitalist crisis is provided by world-system (W-S) theory. In earlier writing on the capitalist world-system, Wallerstein and colleagues presented a theoretical model of systemic long cycles. The core regions of the W-S in their expansive phase generate t...

—p.57 The End of Middle-Class Work: No More Escapes (37) by Randall Collins
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the education system as hidden Keynesianism archive/dissertation archive/so478

Although educational credential inflation expands on false premises—the ideology that more education will produce more equality of opportunity, more high-tech economic performance, and more good jobs—it does provide some degree of solution to technological displacement of the middle class. Educat...

—p.54 The End of Middle-Class Work: No More Escapes (37) by Randall Collins
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not an anti-capitalist manifesto

This book is not an anti-capitalist manifesto. Being critical of free-market ideology is not the same as being against capitalism. Despite its problems and limitations, I believe that capitalism is still the best economic system that humanity has invented. My criticism is of a particular version ...

Introduction (xi) by Ha-Joon Chang
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the knowledge economy

But we are material beings and cannot live on ideas, however great the knowledge economy may sound. Morever, we have always lived in a knowledge economy in the sense that it has always been a command over superior knowledge, rather than the physical nature of activities, that has ultimately decid...

Conclusion: How to rebuild the world economy (252) by Ha-Joon Chang