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Darwin

Evolution and State Capitalism

In a society based upon private property—-one in which the people of property have become a minority monopolising the means of life, and running the property State to exploit the people of no property, one rather expects this latter class to see that all political changes made in the property State must be changes to increase and render more efficient and persistent the exploitation of the worker.

Theatre Review

After Darwin by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Hampstead Theatre.

Timberlake Wertenbaker, perhaps best known for her inspirational play about the transportation of prisoners to Australia, Our Country's Good, now offers After Darwin, another drama set mainly in the 19th century. I say "mainly" because Wertenbaker both follows Darwin's famous voyage on the Beagle-noting the cataclysmic effects of his discoveries on the ship's captain, Fitzroy, a man of absolute religious conviction-and she also offers these insights as scenes from a play which we see in rehearsal in contemporary Britain.

Book Reviews

Hitting them where it hurts

Marx and Engels on The Origin of Species

Engels bought a copy of Darwin’s The Origin of Species as soon as it was published.

Two books of importance were published in 1859, one in June and the other in November. Each one stands at the opposite pole of popularity at the time they were published. And this contrast has persisted up to the present day. One hundred and fifty years after their publication, one is being celebrated as one of the most significant and audacious books ever to be published; the other is virtually forgotten.

Both were written with some degree of reluctance by their authors, requiring pressure from theirs friends and supporters. Great things were expected of both. However, only one of them fulfilled them.
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