Dead Socialist Watch, #174

George Bernard Shaw, Fabian socialist; born 26 July 1856, died 2 November 1950.

“Most people will tell you that Communism is known in this country only as a visionary project advocated by a handful of admirable cranks. Then they will stroll off across the common bridge, across the common embankment, by the light of the common street lamp shining alike on the just and the unjust, up the common street, and into the common Trafalgar Square, where on the smallest hint on their part that Communism is to be tolerated for an instant in a civilized country, they will be handily bludgeoned by the common policeman, and hauled off to the common gaol.”

That’s from “The Impossibility of Anarchism”, a talk from 1891,
published in Socialism and Individualism, 1911, p.42.

Thursday Kitten Blogging (Wednesday edition)

(See here for the relevant precedent.) I’m delighted to report that Enkidu is out of his bandage-and-stupid-cone set-up. What we hoped was his final bandage slipped off quite by accident on Sunday, and he was very happy to have a reasonably functioning paw back again; he went to the vet yesterday to decide what we should do, and the upshot of that was that he went for his x-ray a bit earlier than planned; and the x-ray showed that there’s bone again where there used not to be bone; and so he doesn’t have to wear the bandage-and-cone anymore.

We have been asked to keep him pretty much confined for the next couple of weeks, as the paw’s still a bit vulnerable, and the more rest he gets over the next few days, the less likely he is to have an accident that might snap the bone again, so he’s not quite out of the woods. But he seemed to dislike the bandage-and-cone far more than he dislikes being up in the attic, and he shouldn’t have to go to the vet again, so I’m quite pleased, and I think he is too.

Pictures to follow, on Thursday, as usual.

UPDATE [2pm]: Here’s a picture, with the relevant paw in the foreground: when the bandage came off, the leg was pretty scraggy after being in a bandage for three-and-a-half weeks, but half an hour of determined kitten-washing has made an enormous difference: