Tag archive for Karl Marx (RSS)

Battles of the if-only-they’d-been-homophones: Mars vs Marx

Posted: August 27th 2012 10:52. Last modified: August 27th 2012 10:56

An optimist might say that the chart shows a Roman deity giving way to a late Old Testament prophet giving way to scientific interest in the world(s) about us.

Juvenal: Will you please … learn the colour of your own bread

Posted: July 16th 2012 15:18. Last modified: July 16th 2012 15:19

Class consciousness didn't commence in the bakeries of the Industrial Revolution.

Langston Hughes in Spain

Posted: October 1st 2011 17:51. Last modified: October 1st 2011 18:08

Idealism vs realism as a Stalinist hack copes with the Italian bombing of Barcelona but struggles to explain why Moorish peasants are slaughtering Spanish workers in the battle for Madrid.

Berlusconi and the wiseness of Mubarak

Posted: February 4th 2011 16:45. Last modified: February 4th 2011 16:56

"The wisest of men" line isn't the former's, but ben trovato it certainly is.

Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española

Posted: October 28th 2010 20:37. Last modified: October 28th 2010 23:13

Why I'll probably be sticking with the Biblioteca Virtual del Señor Licenciado Pero Pérez.

Solving the crisis in Spain’s public finances, part LXXII: It’s time to ban socks

Posted: May 16th 2010 22:54. Last modified: May 17th 2010 17:14

The Spanish government is determined to retain the 500€ note as a crucial weapon in the fight to reduce tax evasion and money laundering. Getting rid of socks would achieve that same goal effectively without inconvenience to honest citizens and would also provide a stealth-protectionist boost to the economy.

The Lutheran conspiracy against Spain

Posted: February 19th 2010 01:08. Last modified: February 19th 2010 22:11

With the Anglo-Saxon plot in tatters and Jewish machinations a non-starter, some strategic paranoia for Mr Zapatero. (Like: Is Mendelssohn's Elijah a secret weapon of German subversion?)

Catalan language policy: Marxist, Stalinist, Francoist or fascist?

Posted: January 27th 2010 16:40. Last modified: January 27th 2010 16:50

The precedents for, and some possible implications of, the Catalanisation of Barcelona's cinemas. Plus some crowd-pleasing video of the Quebec language police in action. (Allez! Allez! Allez! And the hell with the economy!) All in somewhat fevered response to an article by Martin Dahms in the Tages-Anzeiger.

More from the revolution

Posted: February 10th 2009 18:24. Last modified: February 10th 2009 18:26

Communist leader Cayo Lara seems to have copied an incendiary Marx quote from an American satirical news site.

Calling all Barcelona-based Ukrainian anarcho-communists

Posted: January 20th 2009 08:16. Last modified: April 21st 2009 13:01

Local "anarchists" showing Nestor Makhno, paysan d'Ukraine this Friday.

European action on Spanish institutional corruption

Posted: December 3rd 2008 11:39. Last modified: December 3rd 2008 11:41

Check out this substantial bombshell being chucked at the Spanish establishment at all levels and in all territories for its collective refusal to confront (indeed for its participation in) the flagrant, widespread, long-term abuse of individual property rights. But will the threat of a Bulgarian-style loss of European funds to the common weal be sufficient […]

Peasants who don’t know how to cross themselves

Posted: October 22nd 2008 13:10. Last modified: October 22nd 2008 12:45

Apparently we anglocabrones used to think that crossing oneself was prerequisite to being Spanish. Here's Juan Goytisolo in La Guardia, a short story written in the early 1950s, partly available in GBS: From the window I saw a group of conscripts in parade dress. It was Sunday and the officers' room was deserted. Its furniture […]

Barcelona, la gran puta

Posted: October 14th 2008 12:37. Last modified: October 14th 2008 15:41

The definite article is used to indicate that the object of one's disapproval is a superlatively scaggy prostitute. In this case we're talking Barcelona council, which has taken to impounding cars in dubious circumstances to make up its revenue shortfall: Local Marxist-Papists are not introduced to criticisms of their shameful heresy at school, but closer […]

“TV3 in the hands of a soviet”

Posted: September 15th 2008 09:24. Last modified: September 15th 2008 18:31

This is the horrendously debt-ridden nationalist-whatever Catalan regional broadcaster, the "whatever" bit depending on the composition of the regional government. In five years it has halved its audience share, dropping from first to fourth place. "De hecho, toda la información es finalista, en el sentido de tener como objetivo prioritario la visión de extrema izquierda […]

Beware gypsies bearing gods

Posted: September 14th 2008 15:59. Last modified: November 2nd 2011 23:00

The Santa Majestat in Caldes de Montbui.

10 sensational revelations concerning Étienne Cabet and his Journey to Icaria, with a biography of the author

Posted: June 6th 2008 09:40. Last modified: September 5th 2008 15:24

Étienne Cabet's Voyage en Icarie (excerpt) is his novelised idealisation of Napoleonic nationalist totalitarianism: if not exactly a New Jerusalem, then certainly a New Paris, built around a New Seine, designed by its dictator, the Icar. This book and its hype led hundreds of families, mainly French, principally artesans (sez James Chastain) to doom and […]

Berlusconi and the new (Roman) falange

Posted: April 30th 2008 14:26. Last modified: April 30th 2008 14:41

Mr Clarke blogging at It's Probably The Pox, My Son links to a typical bit of mendacity, or gross ignorance if you are feeling charitable, from John Hooper at the Guardian: Silvio Berlusconi, who won a general election earlier this month, welcomed the latest evidence of Italy's leap to the right by declaring: "We are […]

Guide to the Perfect Spanish Idiot

Posted: April 4th 2008 09:17. Last modified: June 13th 2011 23:54

Latin American, actually, but you could have fooled me. Apparently (via), according to Mendoza/Montaner/Llosa: The perfect idiot's political tutelage included, in addition to connivings and resentments, a mixture of the most varied and confusing ingredients. First, of course, there is a lot of the Marxist vulgate from his university years. In those years, various introductory-level […]

French exam

Posted: June 24th 2007 14:29. Last modified: February 15th 2011 08:50

I omitted one feasible fraudulent etymology from the Viadós post because the etymon in question is little known and less read, even in his own country, whichever that was. Here he is anyway, in another anecdote from Cela's late but frequently excellent A bote pronto: Some 65 years ago, more or less, possibly more, when […]


Posted: April 26th 2007 11:15.

Would those who say that we should hang on to a few Francos because it was how things were, weren't it, say the same of images of Marx? I'm something a fan of the Roman custom of leaving statue torsos intact and swapping heads as each dictator came and went.


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