Poumatised

An extract from SlackBastard’s Bloggy Tuesday:

Gathering Forces is another blog what I think I’ve referred to before — but, now that I search for it, actually haven’t, I don’t think — that raises some interestink questions. If anything I wrote made the slightest difference to the success of their project, I’d wish them luck. It doesn’t, so I won’t.

Poumista is a blog I’ve referred to before, but as it’s totally neat-o, I thought I may as well do so again. It draws together a phantastic array of sauces on anarchist / Marxist / socialist history, and, like any good library, infoshop or second-hand bookshop, invites you to become lost in its wares, only to realise years have passed, and you’ve wasted your life reading. (And then you die.)

Stalin’s Moustache is all about Stalin and his moustache. Rather cleverly, the writer’s obsession with the facial hair grown on the upper lip of Uncle Joe is disguised by his authorship of various blogposts, articles and even books, seemingly dedicated to exploring such notions as socialism, biblical studies, politics, theology, philosophy “and so on”, but which the discerning reader, armed with the relevant machinetranslation, will soon discover are really all about Stalin (and, moreover, his moustache).

Stalin is alleged to have remarked that ‘Everybody has a right to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege’. ‘There’s a sucker born every minute’ is a phrase often credited to P.T. Barnum (1810–1891), an American showman. ‘Never give a sucker an even break’, said W. C. Fields.

There then follows a long piece by Jorge Semprun which I highly recommend. Read it.

More links below the fold.

La lucha continua: Mexican military kidnap electricians to break strike. Transition to democracy cancelled in Mexico. For a new constitution in Honduras. US labor solidarity with Puerto Rican workers. Protest banned in Argentina. Outrage at slavery in Bolivia. Colombian flower workers on strike. Peru’s miners in struggle against Chinese economic imperialism.

Anarchist history: Johann Hari’s misrepresentations.

Socialist history: The left we have and the left we need.

Recently deceased: One more for the Irving Kristol list from Matt Zeitlin. Jack Jones: rotten politics, not a spy story.

Stalinism: George Galloway, Bob Crow and the ultra-Stalinists.

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  1. Without the moustache.

    And the other one.

  2. Thanks. Slightly creepy. Some day I’ll share my own facial hair stories.


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