Covered up

That’s from the cover of by a new “Great Orwell” edition of George Orwell’s 1984, newly published by Penguin and designed by David Pearson, featured in Creative Review.

Meanwhile, last month “marked the 130th birthday of pioneering Austrian sociologist, philosopher, and curator Otto Neurath, who in the 1930s, together with his wife Marie, invented ISOTYPE — the vintage visual language of pictograms that gave rise to modern infographics.” Check out some interesting examples via Maria Popova.

 

Robert Capa

From Getty Images:

 

01 Jan 1938
A portrait of Hungarian-born photojournalist Robert Capa (1913 – 1954) used to introduce an article, featuring his pictures of the Spanish Civil War, in Picture Post, 3rd December 1938. (Photo by Pict… Read more
By: Picture Post
Collection: Hulton Archive
People: Robert Capa

Via Jonathan Woods, who has the full un-watermarked image.

 

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Je suis marxiste

“Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.” – Groucho Marx

Welcome to 2013 at Poumista. Here’s a taster of some stuff I’ve been reading lately.

Bloggery

Norman Geras: Long overdue justice for Victor Jara; War memory: what is it good for?

David Osler: Two Milibands on the monarchy.

Book reviews

David Osler: Maonomics by Loretta Napoleoni; Bash the Rich by Ian Bone.

From the archive of struggle

At radicalarchive.org:

*Murray Bookchin: Anarchism vs Syndicalism (1992)
*Murray Bookchin: using x-rays for hair removal and fitting children’s shoes (1962)

Espace contre ciment:

*Rudolf Rocker: Seid aktive Nichtwähler! (1924)

At David Osler’s blog:

*Duncan Hallas: Cult Becomes a Cropper (1985) [on Healy’s WRP, but eerily relevant to the current enjoyable crisis of the British SWP]

Poumista annual report for 2012

2012 was a slow year here. However, I wanted to thank my referrers and look back on a couple of the highlights.

My top referrers were:

  1. rooieravotr Jouwpagina.nl
  2. Tendance Coatesy (especially, although I’m not sure why, this post on Respect antisemitism)
  3. Shiraz Socialist
  4. Entdinglichung
  5. Ούτε Θεός – Ούτε Αφέντης
  6. Newsnet Scotland (thanks to a single comment linking to an amusing picture here)
  7. La Bataille Socialiste
  8. BobFromBrockley
  9. David Osler
  10. Inveresk Street Ingrate
  11. Sketchy Thoughts
  12. Espace contre Ciment
  13. Boffy’s Blog
  14. Normblog
  15. Obliged to Offend
  16. Luxemburger Anarchist
  17. Memex 1.1 (because of a single post with the same amusing picture)
  18. Libcom (from three forum pages: on Marxist websites, on left archives, on Marxism and anarchism)
  19. Pinterest (the same amusing picture)
  20. But I am a Liberal

Thanks comrades! Thanks, of course, to readers and commenters as well, in particular Petey, Mikey and TNC. (Two thirds of my readers were in the US, the UK was the second most visiting country, followed by Spain, France, Canada, Australia, Germany and Italy. I am pleased to note I have a reader in Syria.)

My main referrers, however, by a huge margin were search engines rather than blogs etc. Google images sent me more readers (27,000) than google proper (8000). I think the lesson for bloggers is that image metatext gets google image juice. Non-google search engines lagged way behind. Top search terms were as follows, hyperlinked to the most appropriate material to keep that google juice flowing:

  1. poumista            
  2. spanish civil war   
  3. dirlewanger
  4. carnation revolution
  5. george orwell   
  6. poum   
  7. eileen o’shaughnessy   
  8. partisans             
  9. dirlewanger brigade
  10. leon trotsky death
  11. andres nin
  12. marxist theory
  13. frederick douglass
  14. happy workers day
  15. spanish civil war posters
  16. leon trotsky
  17. spanish revolution
  18. victor serge
  19. vietnam war protest songs
  20. sean matgamna

Most are predictable, but Dirlewanger and the Dirlewanger Brigade were quite a surprise, and Frederick Douglass too. Oskar Dirlewanger was a psychotic paedophile Nazi who fought in the Condor Legion of German fascists in the Spanish Civil War before going on to command his own exceptionally brutal SS brigade on the Eastern front in WWII, specialising in fighting partisans in Poland and Belorus. I have never written about him or his brigade here, so have no idea why it generates search engine traffic.

With only three posts actually written in 2012 featuring (highlighted in bold), the most popular posts (or at least the most visited ones)

  1. Orwell turning in his grave?
  2. On this day, 1945: Eileen O’Shaughnessy died
  3. Music Monday 1: Carnation revolution
  4. The [American] Civil War in 3D
  5. Spanish Revolution and Civil War gallery
  6. Books
  7. Jews versus Stalinists in the Spanish Civil War
  8. Amidah: Defiance
  9. Photography: Sergio Larrain/Lewis Hine
  10. Happy Workers’ Day
  11. On this day: 22 June 1937 – Andres Nin murdered
  12. Uses and abuses: George Orwell and Norman Thomas
  13. From the archive of struggle: student activism in the 1930s
  14. From the archive of struggle no.43
  15. 25 April 1974
  16. Christopher Hitchens and Robert Service talk Trotsky
  17. Vietnam War Protest Songs
  18. Mika Etchebéhère, POUM Militia Captain
  19. From the archive of struggle no.47
  20. Shoot them like partridges

My favourite 2012 posts, however, were:

  1. No Direction Home
  2. Is the conflict in Syria the new Spanish civil war?
  3. Bayard Rustin at 100
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On this day

Via the Modern School blog:

January 7, 1919 – This date marked the beginning of Argentina’s “Bloody Week” (AKA Tragic Week) in Buenos Aires. Workers (led by Italian anarchists) were demonstrating for the 8-hour work day and were fired upon by the authorities, leaving four dead and nearly 30 wounded. Clashes with the authorities on the day of the funerals left another 50 dead. A General Strike was called and strikers were attacked by trade union reformists and paramilitary groups collaborating with the police. By January 16 the strike was crushed, with as many as 700 dead and 2000 wounded, many of whom were Jewish-Russian immigrants targeted by racists and anti-Bolshevik hysteria.(From the Daily Bleed and Wikipedia)
January 7, 1939 – Tom Mooney, a labor activist wrongly convicted of murder in the San Francisco Preparedness Day bombing in July 1916, was freed after 22 ½ years in jail, granted an unconditional pardon by Governor Culbert Olson.(From the Daily Bleed)
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Happy new year: wake up and fight

Via Lists of Note, here’s some rulins from Woody Guthrie.

As 1941 drew to a close, the great Woody Guthrie sat and drew up an illustrated list of 33 resolutions for the following year, 1942. The charming result of his efforts, entitled “New Year’s Rulin’s,” can be enjoyed below.

Transcript follows. Image — a larger version of which is here — courtesy ofThe Woody Guthrie Foundation

Image: The Woody Guthrie Foundation; Large version here.

Transcript

NEW YEAR’S RULIN’S

1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
4. SHAVE
5. TAKE BATH
6. EAT GOOD – FRUIT – VEGETABLES – MILK
7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY
8. WRITE A SONG A DAY
9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES – LOOK GOOD
10. SHINE SHOES
11. CHANGE SOCKS
12. CHANGE BED CLOTHES OFTEN
13. READ LOTS GOOD BOOKS
14. LISTEN TO RADIO A LOT
15. LEARN PEOPLE BETTER
16. KEEP RANCHO CLEAN
17. DON’T GET LONESOME
18. STAY GLAD
19. KEEP HOPING MACHINE RUNNING
20. DREAM GOOD
21. BANK ALL EXTRA MONEY
22. SAVE DOUGH
23. HAVE COMPANY BUT DON’T WASTE TIME
24. SEND MARY AND KIDS MONEY
25. PLAY AND SING GOOD
26. DANCE BETTER
27. HELP WIN WAR – BEAT FASCISM
28. LOVE MAMA
29. LOVE PAPA
30. LOVE PETE
31. LOVE EVERYBODY
32. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
33. WAKE UP AND FIGHT

 

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