Carnival of Socialism

This post was written by Jacob on May 24, 2009
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IT’S TIME FOR THE LATEST CARNIVAL OF SOCIALISM! Sometimes carnivals have themes, but being a particularly uncreative spirit I couldn’t think of one. So instead I’ve decided that this weeks carnival will have a motto instead, and apologies if it’s not a particularly catchy one. I call it “everyone’s really fucking sick of the expenses scandal and there are a load of more important things going on in the world than the revelation that MPs are a bunch of dishonest bastards.” So I’ll do my best at providing a round-up of the lefty blogosphere above and beyond reports of what MPs have been stealing (although if you want a good critique of the scandal, Boffyblog does a superb job.) Apologies if I miss out your blog (it either means its rubbish, I personally dislike you, or most likely I’ve just not got round to reading it.) Anyway, on with the carnival…

Well we’ve got some elections coming up, and the left are looking to gain votes for all sorts of people including the greens, the SSP, and No2EU. And, of course there’s a big fight on to stop the BNP winning seats. Jim Jay at the Daily (maybe) has published a fantastic little round-up of news and views on the European election from around Europe. Jim also had a cool piece as a columnist in the London paper the other day, and it wasn’t his usual contribution of “You had dredlocks and were drinking organic cola on the 73 bus at 2am…” (only kidding Jim.) This is important though – Jim has shown us that this column is a space in the press we can try to occupy; a way for us bloggers to break into the real world and try to disseminate our material beyond the left-blogosphere’s target audience of the beardy and incontinent.

Penny Red reminds us that there’s an important feminist perspective (alongside all of the other reasons) on getting the vote out against the BNP. Whilst Stroppyblog directs us to an interesting story of action being taken by posties in Macclesfield. The fight against the BNP is a tough one, and we need to be activists. Red Maria over at dolphinarium also shows how the BNP are targeting Catholic voters. Far too many of my friends seem to think that it’s enough to sit on facebook and proclaim “urgh! I got a nasty leaflet through my door.” So please, the next time you feel like changing your status to something like that instead use the energy knocking on your neighbours’ doors to make sure they won’t be voting BNP.
The other story involving the BNP this week was about the possibility of Nick Griffin attending the Queen’s garden party as reported on Though Cowards Flinch Since that article it’s been confirmed that he probably wouldn’t be allowed to attend, but of course BNP London Assembly Member Richard Barnbrook will still be going so Prince Phillip won’t be left alone on the ‘orrible-racist table.

Away from the horrors of the BNP, both Socialist Unity has offered an article about the problems of the labour party and Harpy Marx has written piece in similar despair at Labour – both consider too the issues of the greens, and how they stand with relation to the left.

Away from British and European politics, there’s been plenty going on with regard to the middle east. One of the big victories here has been a campaign against some posters the Israeli Tourist Board put up on the tube. To my knowledge they were first reported on Lenin’s Tomb last Saturday, and over the course of the last week there has been an apology, and as Random Pottins tells us, the posters will be coming down, which is at least a bit of good news. All we need now is for them to actually get the fuck out of the occupied territories.

Infantile and disorderly has plenty to say on on what the Guardian has to say about Iran (this post advertises an even already passed but is important nonetheless) and it’s always good to see the liberal press being exposed as being rather too liberal with the truth.

There have also been a fair few protests in the last few weeks that have been reported on the blogosphere. David Broder at The Commune reports on the continuing protest outside parliament by Tamils. Yesterday the United Campaign Against Police Violence organised a kettling of Scotland Yard, and pics and a report are now available on Socialist Unity.
And finally there was a fantastic little demonstration here in Islington about cuts in public sector jobs (at universities and in the civil service), which we plugged here on the third estate. The speeches made from a grassy knoll in a park just by Archway had me thinking that we should get a grassy knoll put in Trafalgar square.

Now on to what is left. Here at the third estate we like miscellanea. In fact we’d even go as far as considering it our speciality. So here’s a round up of some of the more interesting random bits and bobs from the last couple of weeks of lefty blogging:

A Very Public Sociologist has written a cool little piece on the politics of gastric bands and their medical and social effects. No doubt some rad fems will be heading over there to argue about it, but it’s very interesting stuff.
Dave Osler has blogged on the possibility of Esther Rantzen running as an MP in Luton South and offers reflections on that thin line between celebrity and politician.
If you’re really feeling stuck for what to do with your bank holidays then you can go join in the argument about Mao and Trotsky over at Renegade Eye . I have to admit I didn’t make it through the comments as I don’t get off on this stuff, but I fully accept that worryingly plenty of people do.
And finally Leanne Wood has plugged an important petition against the tories proposing exceptions to the minimum wage

Aside from the left blogosphere, the BBC of all people yesterday released some important news for socialists everywhere

The next Carnival of Socialism will be taking place New Direction on June 7

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Thank you for the plug.


Written By Renegade Eye on May 24th, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

Good stuff comrades!

Written By A Very Public Sociologist on May 24th, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

Hi, courteous posts there :-) through’s for the intriguing dirt

Written By unsurneda on May 24th, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

SATURDAY 20TH JUNE, 11 am – 6 pm at Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford

Supporters of the event include Oxford & District TUC & local IWW

Books, talks, badges, workshops, posters, postcards, DVDs, CDs, music, culture, short films, magazines, lectures, warm atmosphere, fellowship, meet new people, education, entertainment, magazine, newspapers etc. To book a stall/more info. email us!

Includes 100th Anniversary of 1909 RUSKIN COLLEGE STRIKE meeting, the first radical student uprising in English history that saw students breakaway to form radical & anti-capitalist educational networks such as the PLEBS LEAGUE and CENTRAL LABOUR COLLEGES + Talks/workshops on anti-fascism & anti-racism, situationism/dada/surrealism, anti-capitalism, people’s history, trade unions, war, peace & empire, radical bookselling, bash the rich marches, psychogeography, feminism & women’s equality, social ecology, popular & radical education, poetry/culture/art, music etc

Speakers include -

COLIN WAUGH Radical educator/FE teacher, active on the Post 16 Educator journal, recently author of pamphlet on the 1909 Ruskin College Student Strike & Plebs League
IAN BONE English anarchist associated with Class War group. In 1984 he was labelled ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ by a British tabloid newspaper & was involved in the legendary Bash the Rich marches on wealthier areas of England such as Kensington, Henley-on-Thames & Hampstead.
RICHARD SEYMOUR Author of ‘The Liberal Defense of Murder’, a searing critique of the B52 liberals and pro-war left & the brains behind Lenin’s Tomb, one of the best-known political blogs in Britain, listed in 2005 as the 21st-most-popular blog in the country.
ANDREW BURGIN Radical seller/collektor of books, badges, posters, pamphlets & other emphemera. As press officer for the Stop the War Coalition he has worked particularly closely with the Military Families against the War campaign. He has also been linked to the Public Reading Rooms in London . . .
JUDITH ORR Author of ‘A Rebel’s Guide to Women’s Liberation’
MALCOLM HOPKINS Our man from Housemans, London Town’s oldest radical bookshop who boast the largest range of radical newsletters, newspapers and mags of any shop in Brtain! He also does talks on situationism, dada, and surrealism – top bloke!
Cllr JOHN TANNER Lefty Labour Councillor supports good causes like the Palestinians and anti-fascism – top bloke!
DAVID RENTON Independent writer & historian. Written extensively on the history of anti-fascism including ‘When We Touched the Sky’ a history of the Anti-Nazi League & ‘Red Shirts & Black’ (Published by Ruskin College Library) the story of how the facist Blackshirts were driven out of Oxford in the 1930s.
CIARAN WALSH IWW/Wobblie Member involved in Traveller education. ‘The IWW is a union unlike any other. It is a grassroots, democratic and militant union that seeks to organise ALL workers in ALL industries in ALL countries’ … Sounds like a good idea!
PETER DWYER has done many silly and good things including working with NGOs and the labour movement in South Africa and speaking at World Social Forums in Rio, Mali and Kenya. During the daytime he teaches radical economics at Ruskin College
GUY DEBORD Sadly Monsieur Debord can’t make this festival, but we have received a copy of The Society of the Spectacle – The Movie that will receive a free screening and Ruskin College premier during the course of the bookfair
LUCY PARSONS once described by the Chicago police as ‘more dangerous than a thousand rioters’, Parsons died in 1942, she will be brought back to life for one day during the bookfair with a public reading of her infamous address To Tramps


For more info. – or

Written By Oxford Working Class Bookfair on May 25th, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

Not bad.

Written By modernityblog on May 26th, 2009 @ 12:44 am

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