Archive for February, 2003

Just Dead Socialist Watch, #1

February 26th, 2003

Marxist historian Christopher Hill died on Monday, aged 91. There are obituaries in today’s Times and Guardian.

Bridget Hill died in July last year, aged 80, and her Guardian obituary is very fine, too.

UPDATE: The Telegraph has an obit, too [28.2.2003], as has the Independent [1.3.2003].

Read My Lips

February 25th, 2003

Read My Lips. Fantastic stuff, via Raj.

UPDATE: If the link isn’t working, try this one, to the same file in RealAudio, or this one, to an mpeg, or, most recently, this one.


February 22nd, 2003

Lots of people are linking to it, and Kieran Healy’s presentation is the best of the lot, but the egregious Department of Homeland Security’s pictograms are just great.

[Incidentally, Kieran Healy is writing about all the right things at the moment, since he also has also taken to discussing the Big Red Book, aka G. E. M. de Ste Croix's The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World].

While on the subject of barking Americans barking, though, Raj points me towards this page, which has a clip of John Ashcroft singing “Let the Eagles Soar”, his own composition written some time after 9/11, although I can’t quite work out how to configure my browser to get it to play properly. All of which will remind the people who like this kind of thing — and we are legion — of the heroic career of Senator Orrin Hatch, songman.

So why don’t right-wing British politicians write songs like these? We’re missing out.

Dead Socialist Watch, #18

February 19th, 2003

Over the past few days both Tom and Raj have sent me the link for the Iraq war game thingy, but I think I’m more entranced by Papal Bowling, from the same site.

UPDATE [22.2.2003]: I’m slipping this one in as an addendum to Wednesday’s entry, since I forgot to commemorate one of my favourite Dead Socialists: Georg Büchner.

As the Dictionary of the Turtle explains:

The German dramatist Georg Büchner (1813-1837) is remembered today chiefly on account of his excellent plays. Danton’s Death (1835) was an impressive debut; Woyzeck (1837) an absolutely astonishing tragedy, and the first with a proletarian protagonist. Yet when he died at an absurdly young age, he was mourned by his contemporaries as an expert on the anatomy of the barbel fish, on which he had completed a scientific dissertation. Drama and Fish Science were not his only talents: Büchner was also a member of the radical Society of the Rights of Man, and the author of stirring tracts. The Big Soviet Encyclopaedia (third edition, English version, v.4 p.132) draws attention to his role in propagating the slogan “Peace to the huts, war on the palaces” in Germany. He also wrote a comedy, Leonce and Lena (published 1839), but it is not funny.

In Memoriam Georg Büchner, born 17 October 1813, died 19 February 1837.


February 17th, 2003

Steve writes to the Stoa to recommend this link.

Tom adds [2.18.2003]: Steve either isn’t reading NTK, or thought that the link just after the one he sent in wasn’t worthwhile: “How Auburn, Massachusetts Got WMD Capability”.

Steve replies: “Tom is totally correct, I don’t read NTK regularly (the bastards never published anything I submitted) and got the link from somewhere else…”

March against the War, London 15 February, and Image of the Week, #20

February 16th, 2003

More photos from the march here, here, here and here [via Indymedia Italy, via Infoshop].

The march was slow and the weather was cold, but the whole thing was quite extraordinary. Well organised, too, except for the decision to allow Harold Pinter to read one of his awful poems [scroll down to the bottom].

Dead Sheep Watch, #1 (and only)

February 14th, 2003

In Memoriam Dolly the Sheep, 5 July 1996 – 14? February 2003.