Guns, etc

An amazing series of juxtapositions from Locust St:

Round 12:


Picasso is a gunslinger

I had thought earlier in the night that you can’t run when you are sodden from head to foot and weighted down with a rifle and cartridges; I learned now you can always run when you think you have fifty or one hundred armed men after you.

George Orwell, “Homage to Catalonia.”

The guns spell money’s ultimate reason
In letters of lead on the Spring hillside.
But the boy lying dead under the olive trees
Was too young and too silly
To have been notable to their important eye.
He was a better target for a kiss.

Stephen Spender, “Ultima Ratio Regum.”

If you find an Afghan rebel that the Moscow bullets missed,
Ask him what he thinks of voting Communist.
Ask the Dalai Lama in the hills of Tibet
How many monks did the Chinese get?

Joe Strummer, “Washington Bullets.”

He carried a shotgun–a weapon I thought was outlawed in international war–and the shotgun itself was a measure of his professionalism, for to use it effectively requires an exact blend of courage and skill and self-confidence. The weapon is neither accurate nor lethal at much over seventy yards. So it shows the skill of the carrier, a man who must work his way close enough to the prey to make a shot, close enough to see the enemy’s retina and the tone of his skin. The shotgun is not an automatic weapon. You must hit once, on the first shot, and the hit must kill.

Tim O’Brien, “If I Die in a Combat Zone.”

Other things:

Bataille Socialiste, with some wonderful 1936 photos from Paris en images. And, in French, a piece on the late, lovely Mary Low. (In English, see here, here.)

Eamonn McDonagh on the Livingstone formulation in Madrid.

Entdichlung with more from the archive (including Ernie Haberkern: The Left and Max Shachtman Part 1 AWL 1995).

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  1. A good set of links.

    Something is up with the last link to the Shachtman piece at the Worker’s Liberty site. I remember reading it some time ago and it had some interesting tidbits into the Socialist Party split from current Marxists.

  2. Thanks Roland. Max link now fixed (I think), along with spelling of Eamonn’s name.

  3. I like the Picasso picture.

    I don’t agree with Schachtman that the USSR was state capitalist. Where was the capitalist class, with inheritance rights?

  4. For me, in the USSR the state took on the role of the capitalist class. For the workers, it makes no difference whether the boss is a person, a company or the state. In today’s Western turbo-capitalism, there aren’t really individual capitalists left like the manufacturing bosses of yesteryear; multi-national corporations are faceless leviathans, much like the Soviet state.
    -Poumista

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