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  • #249539
    imposs1904
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    Just a bit of fun.

    The 20 most viewed posts on the blog from 2023. Scroll past my waffle to the find the list – with added links:

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2024/01/dropped-ball.html

    #249924
    imposs1904
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    Just stumbled across this recent post on the Party and its Head Office whilst I was looking for a picture of John Burns from the 1880s (christ sake, the internet is wasted on me):

    https://www.andrewwhitehead.net/blog/the-clapham-party

    As I mentioned in this blog post

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2024/01/the-clapham-commoners.html

    Andrew has known about us for many years – and written about us previously – so though I don’t usually subscribe to the notion that ‘all publicity is good publicity’ in relation to the Party, I don’t think we should take too much umbrage at the brickbats he’s thrown our way in the piece. They’re gentle enough and not all of them hit their target.

    #249952
    ALB
    Keymaster

    By coincidence Andrew Whitehead has a new book out in March on the Siege of Sidney Street in the East End of London in 1911:

    https://reaktionbooks.co.uk/work/a-devilish-kind-of-courage

    We were sent an advance copy to review which should appear in the March issue.

    I don’t think his comments are unfair but he has an interesting field of interest for a former BBC journalist, even if it was the World Service.

    He must live in the Clapham area to have visited our offices on the off chance.

    #249959
    imposs1904
    Participant

    This post of his from 2021 includes – amongst other things – his 1992 New Statesman article on Harry Young:

    https://www.andrewwhitehead.net/blog/the-spgb-and-the-standard-of-socialism

    #250054
    imposs1904
    Participant

    A hundred years ago today – I’m posting Stateside, so it’s still January 22nd at my end – the first (minority) Labour Government, led by Ramsay MacDonald, took office.

    At the following link is a series of links to Socialist Standard articles from that period covering the 1923 General Election and the duration of that short lived Labour Government:

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2024/01/a-false-dawn.html

    #250056
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Good stuff. Particularly relevant today are the two articles about the bombing of tribesmen in the Middle East which show that Starmer’s support for bombing Yemen today is consistent with past Labour practice — and would be continued under a future Labour government.

    #250083
    imposs1904
    Participant

    One for the Marxologists on the forum. Just scanned in. A political quiz from the January 1983 Socialist Standard.

    Test your theoretical wits against those who have the Marxist Internet Archive homepage as their screensaver:

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2019/11/qu.html

    #250430
    imposs1904
    Participant

    Ralph Critchfield (‘Ivan’)

    I’ve put together a page on the Socialist Standard Past and Present blog which lists all the standalone articles, reviews, short stories and regular columns that Ralph Critchfield (‘Ivan’ in the Socialist Standard) penned down the years.

    It’s a partial list ‘cos not all of Ralph’s articles are online (yet) but, as it currently stands, it amounts to over 500 pieces from the 1940s up until his last article in the Standard in 2018:

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2023/11/ralph-critichfield-ivan.html

    If you click on the month and year on the left hand of the page it will take you to individual articles.

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    #250462
    imposs1904
    Participant

    Just posted a dedicated page for the Pathfinders column on the blog. Paddy was good enough to provide the following intro for it:

    Pathfinders is a column that broadly looks at aspects of science and technology in capitalism, with an eye on how they might look or be applied in a future world where money and profit are not the driving factors. Areas covered have included industry, society, health, gender, energy, electric cars, computing, climate change, space, anthropology, genetics, language, intellectual property and the scientific method.
    PJS

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/p/pathfinders-column.html

    #250552
    imposs1904
    Participant

    Following on from the dedicated page for the Pathfinders column on the blog, I’ve also added one for the long-running Material World column:

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/p/material-world-column.html

    Bookmark the page. It’s a good to have the articles side by side, and it’s a good resource for socialists.

    Like the Pathfinders page, I think it should have an introductory paragraph. If anyone thinks they can provide one, please contact me offlist.

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