Philip Lane, Professor of International Macroeconomics at TCD, had a letter in Monday's Financial Times arguing that there was no connection between Irelands economic collapse and its membership of the EMU. He concludes
I set up a twitter account about a year back, posted one tweet and never logged in again. With all the recent media hype (and the fact that they talk about it every show of the tech podcast TWIT (no relation) I listen to) I've decided to give it a second chance. This also ties into my intention of writing an articles on anarchist use of social networking, in particular looking at the legtimate concerns people have about security. We set up a WSM facebook account a couple of months back and its proved pretty useful to date but I'll hold further thoughts till I actually write that up.
‘I think it’s all going to end in revolution’ my 77 year old mother said to me without even a hint of humour in her voice. ‘I hope so Ma, I hope so.’
I've been reposting some of my articles dealing with globalisation from the 1999 - 2002 period over the last week or so. Among them are a few short cover stories I wrote for Workers Solidarity in those years.
As I've replied to the reply to my letter to The Weekly Worker, I though that I would take the opportunity to make some notes on a few issues I've been thinking about, more specifically on what socialisation means and, on a slightly related subject, forms of capitalism. I'll also mention, in passing, some credit crunch news.
Communism has been variously described and various completely unlike systems have been described as communist. Communism in the analysis presented refers to libertarian communism, not the state capitalism of the USSR or other 'Socialist' regimes.
Communism is sometimes described by the credo: "From each according to one's abilities, to each according to one's needs." This credo captures part of the essence of communism. That is, the free production of goods from labour and the supply of goods decoupled from any systematic valuation of labour.
Next year, 2010, marks the 170th anniversary of Proudhon's What is Property? and so the naming of anarchism as a distinct socio-economic theory. I think that given the date, it would good to produce a collection of Proudhon's ideas to both mark that event and bring his ideas to a new generation of radicals.
At the start of the week I reposted a string of anti-war articles I'd written from the summer of 2002 to the late autumn early winter of 2003 to my article index on the site. These are part of the large archive which has just about every article I've written since 1991 that is over on the struggle site.
Black Flag is a UK based class struggle anarchist magazine which (currently) comes out twice a year. We are not affiliated with any of the British anarchist federations, although we aim to have friendly relationships with all and hope to increase co-operation in the future. We also work with the comrades at Freedom.
21 February 2009
Ghent - De Centrale
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