Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Waiting For The Drop

Weekly Bulletin of The Socialist Party of Great Britain (20)

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 20th of our weekly bulletins to keep you informed of changes at Socialist Party of Great Britain @ MySpace.

We now have 933 friends!

Recent blogs:

  • Co-operation not competition
  • Taxing problem
  • Che's nuclear winter or a Socialist summer?
  • This week's top quote:

    "Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc." Engels at Marx's Funeral, 1883.

    Continuing luck with your MySpace adventures!

    Robert and Piers

    Socialist Party of Great Britain


    John said...

    Nice quote, but I doubt its veracity. In the process of the human species' evolution from apes, any individual member of the species would have had to participate in the politics of the community in order to eat and for his/her offspring to eat, would have had to be accepted by the group in order to live as one of its members and thereby survive, would have had to bear the distinctive colours, marks, signs and symbols of his/her community in order to be recognized. Eating, drinking, shelter, and clothing may be basic, but they never existed in some sort of state of nature outside of or before a social context, and I suspect they never pre-existed politics, science, art, or religion at all. Politics, after all, is fundamentally about negotiating access to resources, isn't it? Apes do it, and therefore it must have already been present, been part of our makeup when we evolved into humans. Engels seems to be stressing having breakfast before we go to work to the detriment of the social structures and institutions required to put breakfast on our plate to begin with.

    Where are the lads from FD2W? to put me straight?

    Darren said...

    Where are Rob and Piers to put me straight?

    Darren said...

    PS - I'm sure Stuart from FDTW will be along in a mo' to put us both in the picture.

    Dave from FDTW never visits the blog. *sob* too frivolous, I guess.

    John said...

    Monkey politics:

    stuart said...

    I must have missed this, sorry! I agree with John. And Dave does read your blog! But about as regularly as he writes on his own!