Why My Blog Has Gone To Pot…

An Artist's Impression

I’ve been reading a hell of a lot of books in recent months. In alphabetical author order:

Chris Aguirre & Mo Klonksy (1988) As soon as this pub closes…The British Left Explained

Heather Brooke (2007) Your Right to Know: A Citizens Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Heather Brooke (2011) The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War

Margaret Canovan (1977) GK Chesterton: Radical Populist

Kevin A. Carson (2010) The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low Overhead Manifesto

Gary Chartier & Charles W. Johnson, eds, (2011) Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist anarchism against bosses, inequality, corporate power and structural poverty

Jeffrey D. Clements (2012) Corporations Are Not People

Nigel Copsey (2008) Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy

Timothy Evans (1996) Conservative Radicalism: A Sociology of Conservative Party Youth Structures and Libertarianism 1970-1992

Belen Fernandez (2011) The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work

Thomas Frank (1997) The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture and the rise of Hip Consumerism

Thomas Frank (2012) Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

Glenn Greenwald (2011) With Liberty And Justice For Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

David Goodway (2012) Anarchist Seeds beneath the snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward

Richard Griffiths (1983) Fellow Travellers of the Right: British Enthusiasts for Nazi Germany 1933-39

Christopher Harvie (1995) Fool’s Gold: The Story of North Sea Oil

Tom Hodgkinson (2007) How To Be Free

Richard Ingrams (2005) The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

Greg Muttitt (2011) Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

Loretta Napoleoni (2008) Rogue Economics: Capitalism’s New Reality

Loretta Napoleoni (2010) Terrorism and the Economy: How the war on Terror is Bankrupting the World

Loretta Napoleoni (2011) Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do

Stephen L. Newman (1984) Liberalism at Wits’ End: The Libertarian Revolt against the Modern State

Carl Oglesby (1977) The Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies From Dallas To Watergate

Greg Palast (2012) Vultures Picnic: A Tale of Oil, High Finance and Investigative Reporting

Brian Pedroche (2011) Do Not Alight Here: Walking London’s Lost Underground and Railway Stations

Ann Pettifor (2006) The Coming First World Debt Crisis

Sonia Purnell (2012) Just Boris: A Tale of Blonde Ambition

David Sirota (2011) Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now- Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha (2011) Sex at Dawn: Why We Mate, Why We Stray and What It Means for Modern Relationships

Matt Taibbi (2011) Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History

Paul Talling (2011) London’s Lost Rivers

Paul Willetts (2005) Fear & Loathing in Fitzrovia: The Bizarre Life of Writer, Actor, Soho Raconteur Julian Maclaren-Ross

A.W. Wright (1979) GDH Cole and Socialist Democracy

…And I still have Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man to tackle!

Reading all this (plus the good stuff on the internet, and the occasional magazine/newspaper article) in recent months has not so much changed my outlook on the world as clarified a few matters and even brought me a bit closer to ‘grand synthesis’ in some areas. I hope to finish off Guy and Herbert in the next couple of weeks before I go off on holiday to Vancouver (again!) for a few weeks. After coming back I want to do some planning about what I’m going to write about next…then I want to seriously knuckle down on the writing front over the winter (which, if the last 12 months has been any guide, will last from early October 2012 through to late May 2013!). Then I will see where I am at…


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