Germany and the U.S. Empire (Pt. 2)

A good account of Fascism in Germany and a very good historical Marxist perspective on the role of the Nazis brought up to date with the development of Islamphobia. Laurence

A Critique of Crisis Theory

As the Soviet army swept westward toward Germany in 1945 and the American and British armies advanced eastward into Germany, soldiers in these armies were in for a shock. They would notice a peculiar smell in the air and then would arrive at one of the Nazi death camps.

These soldiers had been subjected to propaganda designed to portray the German enemy in the worst possible terms. Such wartime propaganda often takes more than a few liberties with the truth. In the case of the Soviet soldiers, they had plenty of experience with “the fascists,” as they called them, and their unspeakable crimes against the peoples of the occupied territories in the Soviet Union. These battle-hardened Soviet soldiers would expect the worst from the Germans.

But nothing could prepare them for what they found in the Nazi death camps. I will not attempt to describe it here. Today it is…

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Auerbach: Let me be frank with you

Excellent Review I liked you including the comments from Social media Auerbach was and is a interesting artist . I have already reviewed some of Auerbach’s art before. It was perceptive of you to make the comparison between Figurative and abstract art very good. Laurence

Standing Ovation, Seated

I hesitated to write about Frank Auerbach exhibition at Tate Britain. With Lucien Freud gone, Auerbach is seen as the most prominent living British painter. The show’s press coverage is dressed with superlatives so much that were those pepper, one could choke to death eating the dish.  I thought, “Who would be interested to read more on him?”

But as I went through rhapsodic newspaper reviews, I stumbled across a few dismissive comments in social media from celebrity intellectuals and art lovers.

I wondered if it might be useful to take a step back and talk about art that’s difficult to appreciate.

It is widely held that figurative art is more difficult to make and much easier to enjoy than abstract art.

It couldn’t be more untrue.

Great abstract art often takes more time to produce than a nice figurative painting; if you look up now, you’d see Rothko and Diebenkorn waving from the cloud…

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My resignation from the CWI.

Steve,
I have my own blog Humphries346@wordpress.com . I met you recently at a discussion with others on the EU Referendum myself and another supporter attended a meeting in Northampton Trades Club. I have been a Trotskyist for a number of years and I am now a member of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency . we have a Blog in Britain RCIT in Britain which you can access. I have been reading your differences with CWI and was hoping whether we could enter into discussions with you . We can provide you with information, Publications , Books we have published several books on Marxist theory . I only live in Kettering so it would be relatively easy for me to contact you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Laurence

Market Town Marxist

For approximately 4 years I have been an active and committed member of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), an international “revolutionary” Trotskyist organisation, represented in England and Wales by the Socialist Party.

When I first joined I was full of enthusiasm for the party. So much so in fact that I became a Branch Secretary and a member of the Regional Committee. During my time as a member, I rarely missed a Saturday stall and was proud that in one quarter Northampton topped the Fighting Fund league. I was also very active in my union, Unite, putting forward the SP position and raising donations for the SP-led organisations, Youth Fight For Jobs, the National Shop Stewards Network (including successfully moving a motion for our branch to affiliate) and for 3 years obtaining quarter or half-page May Day solidarity greetings in The Socialist at around £300 each. I even argued…

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