Friday 8 March 2019

Celebrating 3,000 Posts

Another blogging milestone. It's taken almost three-and-a-half years to chalk up another thousand posts, but we made it. 3,000, the big 3,000. Yes, it's enough blog posts which, if laid end to end, would stretch from Land's End to John O'Groats and back. Or fill several hundred Blu Rays. Ridiculous, no?

Here then for your pleasure and mine are the top ten most-read blogs from 4th October, 2015 to the present day.

10. Besmirching Labour's Name (July 2018)
9. Yvette Cooper's Alternative Vision (July 2017)
8. A Terrible Stalinist Purge (March 2018)
7. Why I Voted for Jeremy Corbyn (September 2016)
6. Reluctant Corbynism (August 2016)
5. Toby Young and the Taming of Higher Education (January 2018)
4. Suspend Labour Friends of Israel (May 2018)
3. The Bourgeois Politics of the People's Vote March (October 2018)
2. Guido Fawkes: Troll and Hypocrite (October 2017)
1. Owen Jones and Naive Cynicism (March 2017)

Hardly a shock to find dispatches from Labour's civil war featuring so prominently. The story of these posts are, more or less, the story of Corbynism too. This is a big improvement as last time, lists of things (blogs, musics) ruled the roost. No far left gossip either, thankfully. I guess the old dialectical laws are true: quantity passes over into quality eventually. Nevertheless, there are some highlights you might have missed that you haven't had the chance to check out. So what better time than now?

After Neoliberalism (August 2016)
Beyond Class and Identity Politics (August 2017)
Class Struggle and the Common (August 2017)
Fascism and Economic Anxiety (August 2017)
Jeremy Corbyn and the Working Class (July 2017)
Party Before Country (February 2019)
Racism and Capitalist Exploitation (July 2017)
The Thatcherite Offensive (February 2019)
Theorising Conservative Catastrophe (May 2018)
Whitney Houston: Celebrity and Alienation (September 2017)

What will the next thousand bring, assuming this blog will be around to mark its 4,000th entry? There's only one way of finding out ... and that's by staying tuned.


Howard Fuller said...

Congratulations Phil. I'm sure that not only will you reach the 4,000 mark but go further young man!

We'll still disagree on a lot of things though.

Looking forward to your Eurovision Picks for Tel Aviv 2019!


Speedy said...

Congratulations! Always a pleasure!

Jim Denham said...

Well done Phil. Keep it up.

Phil said...

Thanks comrades.

Howie, I'm afraid there's no Eurovision for me this year. Here's one reason why:

"Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According to the Nation-State Law that we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish People - and them alone."

Nor would it be the case if the contest was in Hungary or Russia. We shouldn't be in the business of prettifying this kind of stuff.

Speedy said...

Boycotting is a tricky business though...

Is Hungary worse than Poland or would you also boycott them?
Czech is definitely a bit dodgy, as is Croatia
Would you boycott Turkey?
How about Australia (refugee policy/ Aboriginal rights - surely no worse than Israel?)
Belarus (notorious dictator)
France (precipitating wars in Libya, Syria, let alone recidivist colonialism in Africa).
UK, specifically for exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, currently oppressing the Yemenis

Is this policy on a case by case basis? I mean, how does it work?