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Bear with me on this. For some reason, I can't properly format my post. sad
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Try again:

hello all,

One for the anoraks.

Just inviting list members to subscribe to a blog I maintain:

Link: Socialist Standard Past & Present

There's a subscription button in the top right hand corner of the blog, where you can submit your email address and receive email notifications of articles and reviews newly added to the blog.

The blog is a combination of  articles from the most recent Socialist Standards interspersed with articles and reviews from Socialist Standards - and other companion journals - from yesteryear, and which in many cases are appearing on the net for the very first time (some are already on the net as part of PDF'd Socialist Standards).

Of course, in the fullness of time, those articles and reviews new to the net will be placed in the Socialist Standard archive on this website.

Recent additions to the blog include a series of articles from the September 1954 commemorative  issue:

Link: September 1954

And a few articles from the September 1979 commemorative issue:

Link: September 1979

That's just a wee sample. There's other articles and reviews dating from 1919 up until the 1990s. Something for everyone. More added when I have the time.

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About time you pushed it. I find it great reading...but even i sometimes forgot about its existence. I took your advice and subscribed so i don't forget to check it out. 

Perhaps you were inspired to mention it by SOYMB and Socialist Courier promotion of it . cheeky

 

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I spotted the plug on SOYMB but I didn't catch the plug on Socialist Courier. Cheers for both.smiley

I am committed to trying to maintain the same level of recent posting in the New Year but these things are always contingent upon family commitments and other stuff.

cheers

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Some recent additions of old articles to the Socialist Standard Past & Present Blog:

September 1954 Socialist Standard:

Link: The Socialist Standard in War Time

November 1985 Socialist Standard:

Link: Democracy and South Africa

March 1964 Socialist Standard:

Link: Michael Harrington's Other America

February 1980 Socialist Standard:

Link: Sex, class and socialism

June 1968 Socialist Standard:

Link: Enoch Powell: aftermath or prelude

 

Be sure to subscribe to the blog for more frequent updates, and kudos to the comrade who sent me scans of two of the pieces above for inclusion on the blog.

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Some more additions to the blog:

Interesting series of articles by the late John Crump - when he was, of course, still a member of the SPGB - on the SPGB and the Second International that dates from 1968:

Link: May 1968

Link: June 1968

Link: July 1968

June 1980 Socialist Standard:

Link: A visit from the gods

April 1982 Socialist Standard:

Link: Leadership: lessons from the past

March 1986 Socialist Standard:

Link: A dual education

 

Cheers.

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To be honest now that this exists:

http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/archive

I can't see the point of this blog. Why not just scan the articles in and email them over?

Just would seem a waste of your work if the articles are not going up here as well?

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DJP wrote:

To be honest now that this exists:

http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/archive

I can't see the point of this blog. Why not just scan the articles in and email them over?

Just would seem a waste of your work if the articles are not going up here as well?

 

Erm,

cheers for that really positive reply, comrade. wink

point 1 - Of course, the whole point is that they go in the Socialist Standard archive. That's why I'm putting the shift in. You already knew they would be turning up on the archive because I replied to your previous comment in the same vein over on Facebook a few weeks back.

point 2 - Please take this in the spirit that I took your comment. The archive is piss-poorly advertised/laid out on the website. I'm surprised anyone is actually aware of it. At any one time it only lists the latest 25 uploaded articles on the archive page and they're not dated or signposted. You have to go out of your way to find them. I'm currently posting 25 plus newly transcribed articles a week so that means if they were immediately uploaded those articles to the website there would be a rapid turnover of the 'recent additions' segement of the blog which would mean a missed opportunity of people discovering the other recently uploaded articles.

I raised the matter in a previous thread of the website offering an email subscription option so people could be notified of recently uploaded articles to the website. I understand the Internet Dept is looking into the feasibility of this but it's not on the immediate horizon because there are other stuff that is also needed done, Blogger allows me to offer the email subscription option in the here and now. People have taken advantage of it. I'm not hiding the articles away. I'm in regular correspondence with another member of the Internet Dept. He's been kept abreast of my thoughts on this matter. They are there for the Internet Dept to place on the website any time they wish. However, I personally believe that if we don't get the email notification thing in place then we're simply not making best use of new archive material placed on the website.

point 3 - Another advantage of the blog is  that it's another place on the net where interested people can stumble across the SPGB, Socialist Standard, Moses Baritz, etc etc, I'm sure you get the drift via google searches, etc, and of course that means they will also be aware of the Party website. I'm long in the tooth with this internet business. I already know from past experience the random ways people have stumbled across the Party via the strangest of searches. Of course it should all eventually lead back to the Party website, but if they happen to find out about the Party via a parallel blog what's the problem with that?

point 4 - I'm currently focusing on uploading Standard articles to the blog but I have in the past - and will in the future - be posting articles from other WSM journals. For that reason alone, the blog serves its purpose in my eyes.

OK, I've posted a snottyish post to your - to my eyes - snotty post. wink Let's now call a truce and just accept that we're both on the same side, with the same goal of raising the profile of our politics on the net and also ensuring as much of our rich history is made available on the net. It's a win-win situation.

Cheers.

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I don't take your post as snotty as it has some useful points in there. But development and betterment of the website is temporarily on hold as we have some structural matters that need fixing first.

The more places the stuff is the merrier. Incidently I think the first time I actually came across the party was via the myspace that you(?) used to do.

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Nice. smiley I miss myspace. Myspace tom is up against the wall come the revolution for fucking up myspace. I don't have the heart to try and do the same thing on facebook. I'll just do my wee bit in my wee corner on the blog.

In retrospect, I'm glad you didn't too much offence at my reply because I know from past, painful experience that I can too easily be a snotty wanker on the internet. And I always hate myself because of it after the fact.

cheers

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 "I know from past, painful experience that I can too easily be a snotty wanker on the internet. And I always hate myself because of it after the fact."


We never ever thought that anything like that...we only think you a wanker because of the team you support ...cheeky
 

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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