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What you want to say… Open Thread, 31st of July 2013 July 31, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.


1. Starkadder - July 31, 2013

The Con-Dems are split over the Cold War white elephant that is



EWI - August 3, 2013

What is the point of Trident etc., except for being a self-justification for the nuclear fission industry?


doctorfive - August 3, 2013

First episode, first series, of Yes Prime Minister I think


2. Tomboktu - July 31, 2013

Does anybody know of an accessible source on property rights under socialism?


Dr. X - July 31, 2013

Do you mean under “socialism as it ought to be” or “actually existing socialism”?


Tomboktu - July 31, 2013
RosencrantzisDead - August 1, 2013

Try Evgeny Pashukanis. He was a legal theorist in the Soviet Union who was eventually shot by Stalin because of his views on law and Marxism.


His stuff is quite theoretical and I have only begun reading him myself, but he does deal broadly with the issues you are interested in.


que - July 31, 2013

It might be profitable to look at something about the Chinese move to end collectivism in the early 1980s and the responsible households approach.

Old Deng wrote a fair bit and maybe there is stuff there on that . Whether you can fit that into an overview of socialism is another thing!


3. Starkadder - July 31, 2013

“Does anybody know of an accessible source on property rights under socialism?”

I don’t know, but you could try the Marxists Internet Archive:



4. Tomboktu - July 31, 2013

Looks interesting


Are Trade Unions Still Relevant?: Union Recognition 100 Years on
Tom Turner, Daryl D’Art, Michelle O’Sullivan


5. doctorfive - August 1, 2013

Dr Kathleen Lynch from MacGill yesterday.



6. David Convery - August 2, 2013

I stumbled across this document which will no doubt interest many people here.

Sylvia Pankhurst, ‘Communism versus Reforms: The Mistakes of the Communist Party of Ireland’.

Click on the link here

Click to access Pankhurst,%20Sylvia%20-%20communism%20vs%20reforms.pdf


7. Jim Monaghan - August 3, 2013

Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies
Kevin B. Anderson
In Marx at the Margins, Kevin Anderson uncovers a variety of extensive but neglected texts by the well-known political economist which cast what we thought we knew about his work in a startlingly different light. Analyzing a variety of Marx’s writings,
He wrote a book on Connolly, McLean and others, If my memory serves. There is a chapter on Ireland in this. It is free, so what not to like


8. EWI - August 3, 2013

This wild guessing, and statement of such as fact, gets up my wick:

“Archaelogists said the body which is believed to be a member of historic royalty, was almost certainly put to the sword by his own people.

The body is missing its head, which has never been recovered.”

Because god knows you couldn’t lose your head from your shoulders in any other fashion in ancient days.


EWI - August 3, 2013
doctorfive - August 3, 2013

His last known words were “look, the reality is..”


9. EWI - August 3, 2013

Another possible reason for Amazon’s boldness is its apparently cozy relationship with the Obama administration–whose Justice Department pursued the agency model case, which mainly benefited Amazon. This relationship will be highlighted this coming Tuesday, when the president will give another major speech on the economy and aiding the middle class at, of all places, the Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. This is roughly equivalent of going to a Wal-Mart and calling for more of the kinds of jobs it offers.



10. EWI - August 4, 2013

The reality of “assisted living” as a strategy for commercial providers to escape retirement home regulations and oversight:



11. chekov - August 4, 2013

Latest installment in the WSM debate that has been mentioned here a few times:


WorldbyStorm - August 4, 2013

Thanks chekov, was away last two weeks so didn’t get a chance to respond to your comments for which thanks.


12. EWI - August 4, 2013

The ratings agencies are going right back to the practices that caused the junk crisis:


No-one could have known, etc.


13. que - August 6, 2013

The guardian live crisis blog comments on the KKE having to sell its TV/radio interests and has what seems to be a laugh at the position the KKE finds itself in.


‘Back in the eurozone, and Greece is digesting the surprising news the economic crisis has hit the radio and TV stations owned by the country’s once powerful KKE communist party.

After leading the way in protests against austerity measures demanded in return for loans from the EU and IMF, the party has announced it will shut down the broadcaster (as our regular readers flagged up in yesterday afternoon’s blog).

“Even the KKE has had to bow to the inevitable: cost-cutting in the modern age. Taking a leaf out of the hated handbook of its neo-liberal enemies, the communist party has caused shock and awe announcing the sale of its 902 radio and television stations to an, as yet, unnamed private investor. The transfer is expected to be concluded by the end of August. All 48 staff will be laid off with immediate effect.

Employees were told in no uncertain terms this week that short of accepting a “a haircut” on their salaries (rumoured at around 40%) they would not be able to retain jobs in the party (the majority will be moved on to two other business enterprises owned by the KKE).

Support for the communist party, once one of the wealthiest organisations in Greece, has dwindled dramatically since the crisis began. But four years of battling neo-liberal policies have, it seems, also paid off: the comrades in arms have learned how to mimic their enemy well.” ‘


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