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CLR Book Club – Week 1 August 30, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

It’s here, by popular demand. The CLR Book Club. But what are we to start reading?If we can gain a consensus below let’s give it a go. And is it a chapter a week, or what? I’ve never been a member of book club before so I don’t know. I’m going to post this thread up every Tuesday so we can use it to get things up and running, ideas, etc. Ivorthorne had some ideas, and Pasionario as well IIRC. I’ve one chapter of a book on right anarchism by Nozick which tries to engage with socialism and equality, and I’m sure there’s a heap of other ideas.

And just to say, can we have two books running concurrently or is that too much?


1. Gewerkschaftler - August 30, 2016

One would be as much as I could manage.

BTW – because I haven’t got time to find what you want to say (permalink?) – in the ‘you couldn’t make it up’ department:

The Irish government is about to voluntarily forego a potential windfall of €19 billion in back taxes from Apple. That’s a significant chunk of what they gave away to other parasites in the banking sector.

Imagine what could be done with 19 billion for public services!


WorldbyStorm - August 30, 2016

Fair point


2. Joe - August 30, 2016

Sorry I’m out.
What about a knitting club?


WorldbyStorm - August 30, 2016

Online? ;). BTW knitting is kind of cool, my gran taught me how to do it and its well relaxing.


Aonrud ⚘ - August 30, 2016

Sure, I’ll get ye started. Here’s the first stitch 😉


yourcousin - August 30, 2016

Knitting is for sissies. Everyone knows real men cross stitch.


yourcousin - August 30, 2016

Oh and to try to stay on topic after already getting diverted. I would throw out

Spies, Informers and the ‘Anti-Sinn Fein Society’: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1919-1921 Paperback

Pricey as fuck but going through the link that MC threw out there I think it looks interesting.

There’s also
The First Socialist schism

Some interesting new books on the Iran/Iraq war are out.

I know these are all fairly dry texts, but at least it’s an effort.


Gewerkschaftler - August 30, 2016

That’s a cracking book – I mean “The First Socialist Schism” – from one of the people at the Anarchist Archive / Library here.

Can be found here:


Although if you can afford it you should buy a copy.

If it’s tea and crumpets (See LATC below) I can’t take part. For some reason Michael O’Leary has rescinded my free travel permit.


WorldbyStorm - August 30, 2016

Don’t get me started on embroidery once did a six week block in that. Good but not as relaxing and more chance of bloodstains


yourcousin - August 30, 2016

My grandma was old school Volga Deutsch. She would sew her kids clothes and what not. So when she would watch us grandkids one of the activities during winter would be sewing. Four rough and tumble boys all sitting around her sewing room doing cross stitched tea towels and other designs. As we got older and improved she would incorporate our works into the quilts that she did for each of us. There is nothing germane to this thread at all other than to say that my 94 year old grandma is badass. And that once my brother and I got into punk in our teens our hoodies always had well sewn on patches (no iron ons for us).


Joe - September 1, 2016

Old school Volga Deutsch? I propose Menonite in a Little Black Dress for the Book Club. Read it a while back. A memoir by a college lecturer in the States of her Menonite upbringing and her marriage break-up and so forth. Funny a lot of the time especially on the oddness of Menonites in ‘modern’ America. And interesting on the history and origin of the Menonites.


3. Michael Carley - August 30, 2016

Run one longer book a chapter at a time and one pamphlet length piece (Communist Manifesto length say) in parallel?


4. LeftAtTheCross - August 30, 2016

Surely the point of a book club is to get together face to face and have the discussion laced with vino / beer / tea / coffee? The actual text is secondary. This is Book Club 101 stuff comrades, I’m shocked that you’re failing at this so early.

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gendjinn - August 31, 2016

In fairness number of opinions did exceed N+2, indicating a well oiled and practiced group of lefties for sure.


5. Tomboktu - August 31, 2016

I am also reading Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads. (One of the blurbs inside the front cover is from a review on the Irish left Review.)

I’m more than half way through the book, and at this stage, I think the ‘silk road’ reference in the title is over-stating the case. While it does shift the “centre of gravity” east from Europe for many of the chapters, it isn’t centred on the silk roads and matters related. (Only one entry for the Fenghara Valley in the index?)


Tomboktu - August 31, 2016

(So, that’s two books I’ve posted about on CLR in the last week, both with grumbles. Feckin’ grouch, I am.)


6. Gerryboy - September 1, 2016

If you want a Book Club which discusses agreed texts (nonfiction and fiction) then it may be useful to set up a monthly CLR cafe society meeting, probably in Dublin where most participants come from. I know it would by-pass other contributors living on the continent and elsewhere, but a physical, as opposed to virtual reality CLR would initially have to meet where there are viable numbers. And those numbers could be asked, face to face, if they’d care to fundraise once or twice a year to pay for the website.


7. Gewerkschaftler - September 1, 2016

Just to add to gendjinn’s N + x – the Dubs could post which chapter they’re reading and and those (a long way) out of Dublin could chip in on line. Kind of second class citizens though – I dunno.

What about Geoff Eley’s “Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000”?


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