Monday, September 27, 2010

Nip, tuck and more links for your buck

The Socialism Or Your Money Back blog has had a facelift, and it looks the business. You should check it out. (A few glitches here and there but it wouldn't be the SPGB if there weren't a few glitches.)

Recent posts of interest on the blog include:

  • Pocket Money - Tackling the taxation issue
  • The Stinking Rich - The Forbes Rich List needs an airing
  • Union busting - Lost in the supermarket.
  • 12 Reasons Why The Zeitgeist Movement Could Fail - Some SPGBers are getting all giddy about the Zeitgeist Movement. I guess it happens.
  • The Great Money Trick - A classic passage from Tressell's Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.
  • And a regular feature of the Socialism Or Your Money Blog is the inclusion of articles from the Socialist Standard which have not previously been made available on the web.

    Articles of note include:

  • Report on Clydeside - Posted on the blog in the aftermath of the recent death of Jimmy Reid, an article from the December 1971 issue of the Socialist Standard.
  • Aneurin Bevan - Fifty years since the death of Bevan, and an article from the August 1960 issue of the Socialist Standard captures the charisma of the man.
  • Noam Chomsky - Rights & Lefties - And a more recent article from the August 1995 issue of the Socialist Standard. Not the total smackdown of Chomsky that some seasoned SPGB watchers might have expected. There are a few jabs in the piece but it's not wholly unsympathetic to Chomsky and where he's coming from. I guess the hostility clause was taking a time out that night.

    stuart said...

    Liked the Chomsky piece. Have you heard that clip of Chomsky being harrangued by a member of the Spartacist League? "Smackdowns" we can well do without. "Excruciatingly embarrassing display of ignorant ranting" would be more like it!

    Darren said...

    A Spartacist in a 'harangue from the audience' shocker? Never heard but I can, of course, visualise it.

    Politics aside, I think it takes a certain kind of bravery to have a go at Chomsky at one of his meetings. I'd imagine the audience can be pretty partisan.

    stuart said...


    stuart said...

    This is the one I was thinking of. It's actually a much quieter and polite harrangue than I remembered!

    Darren said...

    Our computer's a bit slow at the moment, so I'll have to save that viewing for another occasion.

    I loved it when Sparts stood up at meetings and announced themselves to the other attenders. The sound of the groan from the audience was as loud as Wayne Rooney missing a penalty at Old Trafford. ;-)

    Of course, the same thing could be said when ICC members stood up at anarchist or ultra-left meetings but the numbers weren't really there. Less of a loud audible groan, and more a case of one bloke with a straggly beard muttering 'For fucks sake' under his breath.

    stuart said...

    Ah yes, "addressing the working class from the floor", I remember it well! All that was missing was the working class.