The most readable libcom blogs?

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Mar 24 2017 14:24
The most readable libcom blogs?

No disrespect to the more theoretically blogs, but I have to say my favorite libcom blogs are the one that are in plain-English, simply written, and geared towards non-anarchos.

I think Mike Harman's most recent blog certainly fits the bill. As do ones like Steven's 10 reasons why communism will win, Ed's response to the Evening Standard and JK's take on the EDL.

I'm raising this because I think their could be some traction is a collection of libcom blogs. Maybe include the libcom intro guides and hopefully create the kind of book you give to someone who's becoming interested in our politics or moving leftward from liberalism - the kind of thing that's straightforward and focused and will draw people into practical activity and away from activism for activism's sake.

I don't know how feasible all that is, but I'd still be interested in what other blogs folks have read and thought "Hey, I wouldn't be embarrassed to send that link to my non-lefty friends."

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Mar 24 2017 14:28

Found another one! http://libcom.org/blog/work-bollocks-06032017

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Mar 26 2017 02:45

It's not a blog, but I still find it neat, the libertarian perspective in a nutshell, I guess, and a kind of jumping-off point for studying more about radical politics.

http://libcom.org/files/wcpw.pdf

I don't get why it has to be blogs, though, unless you're wanting to introduce them to something specific. Aren't all the libcom introductory texts enough?

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Mar 26 2017 22:15

I guess he means blogs because he wants things related to current events

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Mar 26 2017 22:31

I usually like Soapy's. Typically quite informative and well researched, though I wish s/he's provide just a bit more commentary/opinion at times.

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Mar 27 2017 20:53

I like Scott Nappalos blog and Nate's blogs. I especially like that their writing are usually based upon first hand experience and tend to deal with everyday issues facing left activists and workplace organizers. While the context of their writings is focused primarily on life in the US libcommer's everywhere should find much of value in their writings.

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Mar 27 2017 21:27

Mine.

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Mar 28 2017 16:36

Blogs directly relevant to today's issues would be those of 'AngryWorkereWorld' combining 'on the job' descriptions with some analytical background and maybe some of Phil's and Steven's blogs, but Joseph Kays' blogs always provide me with something to think more about even if I often disagree with aspects of their content, but that's just a sample that comes immediately to mind.

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Apr 8 2017 16:40
zugzwang wrote:

I don't get why it has to be blogs, though, unless you're wanting to introduce them to something specific. Aren't all the libcom introductory texts enough?

Thanks for everyone who offered their thoughts - still be curious if anyone else has any blogs that they think fit the bill?

As for the above question, I agree the introductory guides are great, but it's also nice to have something more topical. Plus, it's sometimes nice to approach issues more practically - which is not dis the intros, which are incredibly accessible pieces of theory.

My wider idea would be to put out a collection of blogs as a book - the kind of thing that could be released to coincide with the London bookfair and would hopefully serve as a fundraiser for the site. Admins, you think that idea has any legs?

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Apr 8 2017 17:06

Freedom could definitely do something along the lines of an anthology of the best of libcom blogs for next bookfair, though ideally it'd need a volunteer to pull together a list.

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Apr 9 2017 10:37

Rob Ray, you're a legend!

Just to add, I also thought a selection of blogs could be good not only in terms of the politics, but as an example of what good, accessible political writing looks like - so there's something in there for the noobs as well as those who might be wanting to begin undertaking some writing of their own.

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Apr 9 2017 23:09

There's so many really. Rob Ray always knocks it out the park, every single time. The Webb and Lustig one is possibly my favourite post of all time.

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Apr 10 2017 08:41

You should count yourself in Chilli, the America series and the women's football thing spring to mind.