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The Poor Law Workhouse and "Land Reform"

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 04:21 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated October 22nd, 2014 at 04:24 PM by Gile na Gile

I remember Charlotte Despard noting that English school inspectors were loathe to call to working class districts in the afternoons as the children would be so drained and exhausted from hunger as to make them almost incapable of response - one of the arguments mobilised for instituting an effective Poor Law in the first place was to eradicate this type of gross want.

English Chartists by and large deplored the workhouses but there was a more ambivalent reception to their introduction...
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Anti-Neoliberalism: The Activist Voice of Neo-Marxism?

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 05:51 PM by Gile na Gile

Well, from my own experience I'd say there are as many varieties of "neo-Marxism" out there as there are different writers on the topic. The left has fractured off in so many divergent directions owing to the complexity of the task at hand that it would be almost counter-productive and misleading to attempt to shoe it's multiple radial (and often contradictory) strands into a single straightjacket.

There are just too many important separate "issues" out there which...
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House of Cards, by Netflix - Too much Cynicism?

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 05:18 PM by Gile na Gile

There is very little 'uplifting' or 'ennobling' about this whole exercise. I wouldn't go so far as to say a new genre of 'cynical' political drama has been brought into being but it does seem to be besmirching the holy of holies (White House inner sanctum) in a sustained way which seldom if ever before has made it to celluloid - long-running dramas necessarily getting 'under the surface' of things in ways which the usually more formulaic movie script can never hope to achieve.

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Battle of the Blathering Bards

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 04:39 PM by Gile na Gile

By 1863 in the American Civil War the hard-pressed South had an acute supplies shortage, particularly for gunpowder. Jonathan Haralson, a lawyer from Selma, Alabama opened a nitre works to supply saltpetre for making the gunpowder but having tried everything else including cartloads of dung from surrounding stables & outhouses realised the cheapest way of procuring his prime ingredient was to solicit the help of the fair Southern belles, placing the following advert in the Selma Morning Post;...
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The Achievements of the Haitian Revolutionaries

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 03:54 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated October 22nd, 2014 at 04:48 PM by Gile na Gile

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Girodet, Jean-Baptiste Belley, 1798.

"From this place and from this day forth commences a new era in the world's history and you can all say that you were present at its birth." - Goethe


Revolutionary Saint-Domingue under Touissant L'ouverture remains one of the world's great marvels -

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