Archive for August, 2007

Dead Socialist Watch, #285

August 21st, 2007

Thomas Hodgskin, Ricardian socialist, and very possibly the major pre-Marxian socialist political economist. (I tend to read few chapters of Capital vol.1 as Marx’s attack on Hodgskin, but maybe that’s just me.) He went to sea when he was 12, and served with the Navy until he retired at 25, publishing An Essay on Naval Discipline in 1813. Having travelled in Germany and moved to Edinburgh, he returned impoverished to London in 1822 and started writing for the Morning Chronicle. His major works were published over the following years: Labour Defended Against the Claims of Capital in 1825, a course of lectures for the mechanics’ institute published in 1827 as Popular Political Economy, and The Artificial and Natural Right of Property Contrasted in 1832. (He later wrote pamphlets for the Anti-Corn Law League, and wrote for The Economist, which I suppose helps to explain why his works appear at both the Online Library of Liberty and over at marxists.org.) Born at Chatham, 12 December 1787; died Feltham, 21 August 1869.

A few snippets of Hodgskin over the fold…

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DSW, #109

August 21st, 2007

Kathy Wilkes, philosopher and friend of Eastern Europe, born 23 June 1946, died 21 August 2003.

DSW, #41

August 21st, 2007

Palmiro Togliatti, general secretary of the Italian Communist Party; b. 26 March 1893; d. 21 August 1964.

DSW, #40

August 21st, 2007

Leon Trotsky, indefatigable revolutionary; born in Yanovka, 7 November 1879 (presumably Old Style no, actually New Style); murdered in Mexico City, 21 August 1940.

Ashley Mote, MEP

August 17th, 2007

From rancid lunatic to convicted fraudster.

Cult of Personality

August 17th, 2007

I’ve known about the pop song “Now I Want A Man Like Putin” for a while, but hadn’t heard it until yesterday. Here it is:

Snack, Gobble and Dash

August 17th, 2007

My old friend Raj Patel, who used to blog at Class Worrier, has an article in tehgraun today about obesity.

His (excellent) book, Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System will be published in September, and he has a website to explore the issues discussed in the book here.

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