Lots of things I have been looking at over the past month but didn't have time to link to earlier
- Marxism, Moonbattery... and Marxism - 12 February. Marxism is necessary but not sufficient.
- Remembering - 16 February. The Shoah and the Porajmos, and their echoes today.
- The combination of thinning hair on top and a pony tail at the back would be hard to forget: notes on the police infiltration of anti-fascist groups in the 1990s - 17 March. The story of "Officer A" sparks some personal recollections.
- The backlash and where it will take us - 20 March. On being depressed about politics.
- Don't let Cameron or Clegg be the next prime minister - 5 May. In which I predict but fail to ward off the misery we are experiencing now.
- Bob From Brockley: the theme tunes - 15 May. Soundtracking the blog.
- Five years on - 7 July. On the anniversary of 7/7.
- Triangulating Bobism 1: Harryism and indecency - 24 August. On the different meanings of "decent left".
- Political influences no.1: John Pilger – speaking truth to power - 2 September. My induction into the world of politics.
- A tourist on the left - 12 September. Coming to terms with leftism and its bedfellows.
- Influential left-wingers - 18 September. An alternative canon.
- Triangulating Bobism 2: The Furedi cult- 29 September. My take-down of the RCP.
- Roy Hattersley, Tony Benn and Michael Foot – socialism of the heart - 5 October. My introduction to socialist politics.
- The Spartacist League – Defeat clerical fascism! Down with little England demagoguery! Complete the American revolution! 13 October. In which I recount the tale of my teenage brush with Trotskyite madness.
- Anti-fascism in a new era - 21 October. A post I put more effort into than I do most of what I write, but didn't really get read by that many people.
- Kosovo style ethnic social cleansing - 4 November. In which I decide whether to vote Tory.
- Influential left-wing ideas - 21 December: One of my more controversial posts, on five good, five bad and five under-recognised influences on the left.
Continuing our conversations: Peter picks his 2010 books and Martin picks his; Stuart gives us his book list here. Norm responds to Schalom Libertad. Roland on some of the issues that came up in the comments here (with an interesting comment thread). BenSix takes up the influential ideas baton and the 2010 books baton from Carl.Weggis takes up the influential ideas baton from Flesh, reflecting, from a nicely askew angle, on what "the left" is (and follows up with the most influential left-winger of 2010).
Carl's Normblog profile. What good taste in blogs he has.
My current favourite blog: Mystical Politics.
Miscellany: Carl Packman: On Zizek and Multiculturalism. // Terry Glavin: Amnesty International And Its 'Cage Prisoners' Poster Boy Get What They Wanted. // Forced Migration photo gallery: Sahwari refugees in Camp 27 February in Algeria. // Christopher Hitchens: Mr. Kissinger, Have You No Shame? // Peter R: In praise of multiculturalism. // Matt Ignoblus: Allies, what allies? // Karl Pfeifer: Censorship in Hungary. // Libby T: The imperial vanity of humanity. // Mick Hartley: African migrants to Israel. // Transpontine: South London Dissenters in Bunhill. // Caroline D: Indian nationalists in Deptford. // Jim Jepps: The murder of Saleem Taseer. // Charlie Pottins: Farewell to Jayaben Desai, heroine of Grunwick. // Sarah Correia: Christmas in Sarajevo. // Graeme: Two definitions of Islamophobia. // Snoopy: Against the hate-mongering schmucks. // Orhan Pamuk: The fading dream of Europe. // BHL: The antisemitism to come (via Engage). // Francis Sedgemore: Enlightened authoritarianism and the stench of liberal racism. // Marko Attilla Hoare: First Check Their Sources: 1. On David N. Gibbs and ‘shoddy scholarship’; 2.The myth that ‘most of Bosnia was owned by the Serbs before the war’. // Ziad J. Asali and Hussein Ibish: Honesty and Hypocrisy in Facing Terrorism. // Chris Dillow: Sex crimes, trivial truths, Pakistani youth, Jack Straw, statistics and bias. / More evidence on migration and wages. // Jackson Diehl: Obama's dangerous silence on human rights. // Oshrat Nagar Levit: (Bedouin) boy meets (Jewish) girl. // Airforce Amazons: Frontline Tunisia. // Modernity: Denial in the West. // David Rosenberg: The Battle of Cable Street. // Kevin Yuill: The myth of American gun culture. // BJFC: Lewisham's old cinemas if they still existed today. // Daniele Archibugi: The cosmopolitanism of the left – An answer to globalisation. // Finally... Roland is obviously on the same wavelength as me, because there is a lot of overlap between that list and his fine recent round-up of highly readable bloggery, and the same goes for Modernity's slow round-up.
Jogo recommends: How Mirka got her sword: Yet another 11-year-old Orthodox girl comic. // Rabbi Nachman, Franz Kafka and Rodger Kamenetz. // Obama Dissappointment Syndrome merchandise. // Ron Radosh on the decline of the New York intellectuals. // Yasmin Alibhai Brown on Jack Straw. // Frank Furedi on Tariq Ramadan. // Zeitgeist and the Tucson shootings: more dangerous than Michael Savage. // The Koran burner is even creepier than you think.
Bob's beats: “The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)” by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra  // Jewish soul. // "Milka's Dream": Hasidism and indie-ism team up in Ori Alboher's music. // An interview with Orphaned Land, Israel's leading extreme metal band. // Black Sabbath: the secret history of black-Jewish musical relations. // Albino Red.