Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 2009 Socialist Standard: Free at last . . . . Twenty years beyond the Berlin Wall.

November 2009 Socialist Standard


  • Socialism was never tried
  • Regular Columns

  • Pathfinders Gullibility Travels
  • Cooking the Books 1 Out of control
  • Cooking the Books 2 Free is cheaper?
  • Material World Malawi: Children of the Tobacco Fields
  • Greasy Pole TV Debates - much ado about nothing
  • Pieces Together Warren's Wallet; Silent Tornado; Bombs Wa-Hey!
  • 50 Years Ago The Darwin Centenary
  • Main Articles

  • The fall of “communism”: Why so peaceful? Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall came down, symbolising the collapse of state capitalism in Eastern Europe.
  • The Myth of Soviet “Socialism” Vladimir Sirotin from Russia explains how that country was never socialist.
  • Workers State? Pull the other one How could anyone have seriously argued that the workers ruled in Russia?
  • Joining the killing machine The campaign to win the young to war has come a long way from the ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster with the pointing finger of Kitchener used in the ‘First Great War’.
  • Afghanistan – lying about dying The pressure to misinterpret the deaths, as the bodies come back, as nobly purifying is a cynically orchestrated propaganda exercise intended to justify the war.
  • Billion dollar bribery The duplicity, fraud and criminality that lies at the heart of world capitalism.
  • Ire of the Irate Itinerant Cartoon Strip
  • Letters, Book Reviews, & Meetings

  • Letters To The Editors: Getting from here.
  • Book Reviews: Che Guevara and the Economic Debate in Cuba. By Luiz Bernardo Pericás; Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History. By David Aaronovitch; The Trouble with Capitalism. By Harry Shutt; Enough. By John Naish.
  • Socialist Party Meetings: Glasgow; Manchester, Clapham, Chiswick & Norwich:
  • Voice From The Back

  • Too much Month at the end of the Money; Famine and Feast; Up in smoke; Onward Christian Bankers

    Red Jason said...

    Kudos. I posted this to both blogs.

    stuart said...

    Nice cover pic

    Darren said...

    I think the majority of covers that Paddy and Neil have done for the Standard have been outstanding.

    stuart said...

    Just went to have a look to remind myself. Agreed! SS looks great.

    Darren said...

    On a related Socialist Standard cover note, did you know that Alice Nutter penned an episode in the second series of Jimmy McGovern's 'The Street'?

    I'm trying to hunt the episode down for hidden messages of shouty anarchism but as you're back in Britain, I was wondering if you'd seen it.

    stuart said...

    I'm sure it's shameful to say so, but I'm afraid I don't know who Alice Nutter is nor have I seen The Street. Sorry!

    Darren said...

    Alice Nutter - Formerly of chumbawamba fame.
    The Street - Yet another brilliant tv drama from the pen of Jimmy Bastard.

    Darren said...

    Jimmy Bastard? I meant Jimmy McGovern, of course. That was my jealousy at his brilliance seeping through the keyboard.