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alanjjohnstone wrote:

Darren, you are doing a great job and there has been quite a few gems in what you have posted. yes

I hope you can keep the momentum going and don't burn yourself out. 

Of course I will burn out and fade away. Just enjoy it while it's here.

Before that time comes would you like to join the Internet Committee?  smiley

Thanks for the kind offer of the posioned chalice but I'll have to politely decline.

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Recent additions to the Socialist Standard Past & Present blog includes a series of write-ups of SPGB Public Meetings that appeared in the Hackney Gazette in the mid-1960s. The write-ups were penned by Israel Renson, who was a longstanding SPGB sympathiser in the London  area from the 1920 onwards. Some list members may know of him because he co-authored the pamphlet, 'Money Must Go' in the 1940s. A very early attempt to explain revolutionary socialism in language not weighed down with jargon and terminology. Renson and Phillips were basically doing in pamphlet form what Capitalism and Other Kids Stuff was trying to do fifty years later in video form.

With regards to the meetings themselves, if nothing else, they are a curio of the sort of meetings the SPGB were holding during this period, and give a flavour of language employed and the SPGB speakers who were doing the propaganda rounds during that period.

Cheers to ALB for providing the clippings, and for transcribing the majority of the reports.

Adam Buick speaking on The SPGB and the Unions (May 24th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/spgb-and-unions.html

Harry Baldwin speaking on 'The "Money" System" (August 12th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-money-system.html

John Crump speaking on Lenin and the Russian Revolution (September 6th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/lenin-and-russian-revolution.html

Anne Waite speaking on 'America through Socialist eyes' (September 27th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/america-through-socialist-eyes.html

Solomon Goldstein speaking on The Economics of Capitalism (October 11th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-economics-of-capitalism.html

F. C.  Manning speaking on War, Waste and Want (October 26th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/war-waste-and-want.html

Harry Baldwin speaking on Labour Government's failure (November 8th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/labour-governments-failure.html

Eddie Grant speaking on Spain and Democracy (December 6th 1966)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/spain-and-democracy.html

Joe McGuinness speaking on Trade Unions and the Public Interest (April 7th 1967)

Link: http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2014/01/trade-unions-and-public-interests.html

 

From the World Socialist number four, Link: an excerpt from Philoren's 'Money Must Go'.

 

 

 

 

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Just posted on the blog, a two-part article from the November and December 1964 Socialist Standards, where an old Austrian comrade reminiscences about the early history of the SPGB. I thought some list members might find it of interest, especially the titbit about interned 'alien' comrades during the First World War holding socialist meetings in the internment camp where they were imprisoned:

Link 1: Reminiscences of an old member (part 1)

Link 2:  Reminiscences of an old member (part 2)

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Indeed a riveting read. Also very illumnating in these times of migration and the issue of open borders. 

'As one could in those days travel right across the whole European Continent without let or hindrance, without passports or labour permits,'

'As I have mentioned before, in 1902 there was no thought or fear of war that was to come; you could travel across Europe without passports, you could work in any country without labour permits. In all my wanderings in Germany, Switzerland, France and England, the first time I ever had to report my presence to a police office was in London at the outbreak of the first war. What a change indeed has come over all this! Today people are hedged in everywhere by frontiers, barriers and police guards, exacting and scrutinizing your personal documents...'

"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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First editorial from the first ever issue of the Socialist Standard.

LINK: Editorial

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Just a wee update with regards to the Socialist Standard Past & Present blog. It's been out of action for the past month because of a kaput laptop and personal commitments, but it is now up and running again.

Once again, I invite list members to bookmark and/or subscribe to the blog. The overwhelming majority of articles, book reviews and sundry other stuff will eventually turn up on this website but if you subscribe to the blog you can steal a march on other interested parties, and be the hypest socialist in your branch, group or that dark corner in the Starbucks where you make a coffee last an hour whilst you keep refreshing the forum page to see if there any new messages on the 'rebranding the spgb in the 21st century' thread. wink

 

Some recent - and not so recent additions - to the blog:

LINK: July 1997 Review of Steve Coleman's Stilled Tongues

LINK: October 1982 Review of Alan Parker's Pink Floyd film

LINK: March 1977 'Carrying the platform ten thousand miles'

LINK: January 1976 Why I joined the SPGB

LINK: October 1973 Obituary for Sam Orner

LINK: October 1997 Book Review 'Communist Kids'

LINK: World Socialist short story from the late, great Richard Montague

Link: World Socialist article Socialism and uneven development

Link: John Crump article: Japan - the other side of the miracle

LINK: June 1978 Sociology or Socialism?

LINK: December 1980 Book Review of Anton Pannokoek

LINK: April 1973 Glasgow in the 19th Century

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A few more additions to the blog:

Link: May 1993 Roots of gay oppression

Link: March 1993 Two anti-Leninists

Link: June 1985 Praise Marx (TV Review)

Link: August 1979 Book Review Marge Piercy

Link: November 1964 Editorial on the Labour Government of the day

Link: May 1986 Stereotypes in print

Link: March 1977 Book Review of Robert Barltrop's biography of Jack London

Link: October 1973 Book Review of Jean Barrot

Link: April 1976 An article on Jimmy Reid

Link: August 1987 Film Review of Lizzie Borden's Working Girls

Link: August 1974 Article on Jack London's People of the Abyss

Link: November 1974 Article of the notorious Glasgow novel, No Mean City

Link: January 1975 Article on the Welsh novel These Poor Hands

Link: February 1975 Article on Walter Greenwood's Love on the Dole

Link: February 1971 Obituary for 'Tom King', who had been the last surviving founder member of the SPGB

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Are these taken from the Standard archive here or vice versa?

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They're articles that have yet to appear in the Socialist Standard archive. Rob W is working on it.

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So are you transcribing them for original paper copies?

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