Bob Gould on the evolution of revolutionary thought since 1905. Proving that old lefties don’t die, they just write a lot. Bob Gould is the sixty-something proprietor of a series of alternative bookshops, starting in Goulburn St (Sydney) and now located in King St, Newtown. He is a major contributor to Leftwrites. You don’t have to agree with Bob to see that the non-left forces could use some people with that amount of background and energy to put current issues into a framework of history, political and economic theory and organisational practice.
Propping up dictators in the Third World. Complaints about the cost of the 40th birthday party for Swaziland. On the same site, a study that shows the “amplification effect” of aid on democratization: when a nation is moving in the right direction, Western aid helps, but when it is not, the aid only makes greedy dictators more greedy and dictatorial.
A mordant commentary on the bailout of the US “dud loans” giants.
An estimate of the likely cost of the bailout, with a scary graph to demonstrate the extent of inflation in the housing market, representing the biggest speculative bubble in history. Prices to fall by 30% to 50% (but not in all areas).