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I know what you mean, and it’s definitely wise not to ‘invest your whole identity’ in the term “Marxist”, but in my opinion his implied definition of what it means to be a Marxist almost plays into that ‘worldview’ marxist framework…like if you stop being a Marxist as soon as there is no need for a revolution then Marxism isn’t a methodology or a critique or a tool for understanding history in a materialist way or any of that, it’s just a means to an end - but where and when is this “end”? Will we reach a point where it’s safe to just pack up our critical faculties and enjoy utopia? I dunno. It would be a better critique of second internationalist marxism if he was talking about being a proletarian as provisional, not investing yourself in that identity, or being a “revolutionary”…but for me using the term “Marxist” in that sense is severely limiting it in a way I don’t think is very useful.
"One in every four constables in the Metropolitan Police had been assaulted while on duty in the early twentieth century. Certain districts, such as the notorious Campbell Bunk in Islington, popularly known as ’ Kill Copper Row’, remained highly dangerous for the police to enter, though the destruction of many of the old rookeries in the late nineteenth century had broken up many highly hostile neighbourhoods. In certain respects, London was exceptional, but anti-police sentiment was not confined to the capital."
David Taylor, Crime, Policing and Punishment in England 1750-1914
"Kill Copper Row"? Fuck yeah
I think we need to get back to solid Victorian values
Here’s my standard post of basic texts related to anarchism, it’s all books you can download..as for websites libcom.org has an amazing library, always worth a look because there’s just so much….if you want to know about anything specific ask me and I’ll help if I can :)
yeah that’s probably best, and come up with some filthy excuse like “sorry, my puss filled warts are interfering with my aim. Also, I have an erection”
"Marxism is meant to be a strictly provisional affair, which is why anyone who invests the whole of their identity in it has missed the point. That there is life after Marxism is the whole point of Marxism."
Eagleton, Terry, Why Marx Was Right (Yale University Press, 2011) p.5 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
I don’t get this at all. At what point exactly do you stop being a Marxist? After capitalism? Isn’t Marxism an approach to understanding an analysing things? Why would you stop doing that after capitalism?
Not sure what you’re asking me here… do you mean ‘what’s my opinion of G.D.H. Cole?’
He was an interesting bloke, I’ve always wanted to read “a history of socialist thought” but doubt I’ll ever have the time - his own politics were shite though, reformist, top down socialist, ‘Old Labour’, left wing of capital kind of stuff, very much in keeping with his upper middle class status and the academic bubble he lived in. I’ve never known of a member of the Fabian society who had good politics. I hate the fucking Fabian society.
But yeah I’d like to read him, he was one of the first to write about stuff like Bakunin in the first international with decent scholarly rigour, and I do enjoy reading those old British socialists when it comes to history, even if they’re not exactly friendly to anarchism and have bad politics themselves. E.H Carr’s another one, he wrote an unflattering biography of Bakunin back in the thirties, but he cared enough about doing history properly that the basic information is reliable.
Hopefully this answers your question, if not it’s your own fault, give us a bit more to go on next time ;)
Fact - Nigel Farage is 10 months younger than Johnny Depp
what’s that all about
wow thanks for the excessive praise, not sure it’s deserved :)