Archive for February, 2004

In Memoriam Paul Sweezy, 1910-2004

February 28th, 2004

News just in of the death last night of the great American socialist Paul Sweezy, longtime editor of the Monthly Review and author of The Theory of Capitalist Development (1942).

I’ll update this post to include links to online obits, as and when these appear.

UPDATE [1/3/2004]: Marc Mulholland has reproduced Sweezy’s entry from Robert Gorman’s Biographical Dictionary of Marxism.

UPDATE [2/3/2004]: The New York Times obit has appeared.

UPDATE [3/3/2004]: Big piece in yesterday’s Il Manifesto (in Italian, obviously; for the comedy babelfish — or whatever it calls itself these days — translation click here). Notice also the links on the left-hand side under Pag.12 to more Sweezy-themed material.

UPDATE [4/3/2004]: The Guardian’s obit is here.

UPDATE [7/3/2004]: Robert Pollin reminisces in Counterpunch. And there’s a piece in the LA Times, reproduced here.


February 28th, 2004

Over at his iBlog, Mike praises the iPod; Sarah, by contrast, is unmoved, and stands up for obsolete technology.

Me, I think that iPods are fab, too, though not because of anything that goes on around Haywards Heath. I suspect, also, that I’d cope just fine without it.

The Virus Spreads

February 28th, 2004

Uninformed Jason has been sparring with Paul “The Thinker” Richards over here. In reply to Jason’s first comment, Paul “The Thinker” Richards writes:

“The class that created the Labour Party [i.e. "the traditional working class"] no longer exists in any sizable number in Britain. This was identified twenty-plus years ago by Hobsbawm, et al.” [emphasis added]

I’m assuming that the book being referred to here is Eric Hobsbawm, The Forward March of Labour Halted? (Verso, 1981), and I’ll give a small prize to the first person who gives me a reference to a page on which something even vaguely approximating this claim can be found.

Dead Socialist Watch, #75

February 28th, 2004

It’s quite a day for dead social democratic prime ministers (DSDPMs?): also Olof Palme, Swedish prime minister; born 30 January 1927, shot dead 28 February 1986.

Dead Socialist Watch, #74

February 28th, 2004

Friedrich Ebert, first President of the Weimar Republic, and controversial figure on the left down to this day. Born 4 February 1871, died 25 February 1925.

Study Question

February 28th, 2004

Read this brand new article by Paul “The Thinker” Richards, which appears in the current issue of Progress magazine. Then ask yourself who is trying to promote “extremism, division and internecine strife” (see final para.) within the Labour Party?

Is it (a), those MPs who cast their votes in accordance with explicit manifesto promises, or (b) those Blairista commentators who denounce them as a “party within a party” for so doing, and who write specifically in order to promote the interests of the most right-leaning faction within the Labour Party?

Answers in the comments box, please.

P.S. Paul “The Thinker” Richards’ personal / business homepage is also well worth a visit.

Dead Socialist Watch, #73

February 27th, 2004

Nadezhda Krupskaya, Bolshevik; born 26 February 1869, died 27 February 1939.

UPDATE [8pm]: Those friends of the DSW over at SIAW have useful snippets from her Memories of Lenin.