Saturday, 25 May 2013

Alexandra Kollontai - the lady in red

Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was a Russian revolutionary and radical feminist.  After 1917, she became the People's Commissar for Social Welfare, but she fell out with Lenin and spent most of the rest of her career working in Stalin's diplomatic corps.  Despite a revival of interest in her work in the 1970s, she is a largely forgotten figure today.


Friday, 24 May 2013

On the Jewish Question, Karl Marx

This is an article written by Karl Marx and published in 1843, when Marx was in his mid-20s.  The prose style is somewhat opaque, and lacks the more fluent and acerbic touch of some of his more mature works.  The ideas, too, are not yet fully formed.  This is proto-Marxism rather than the whole enchilada.

Hitler's Second Book

This is another dull, wordy and over-long book by the most evil man of the twentieth century.

Margaret Thatcher's religion

Interesting article at the Thatcher Foundation on "The Religious Mind of Margaret Thatcher" by the writer and historian Antonio Weiss.