Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Probably the best International Socialist blogs in the World

It is official - Histomat is currently the 25th best left-wing British blog. Well, the 25th best left blog according to a random socialist with a penchant for Labourites and soft Stalinists who comes from Swindon anyway...

As my contribution to the apparently unsatiable desire that exists in the blogosphere for lists of left-wing bloggers, I have decided to compile a list of the top ten bloggers who are fellow members or supporters of the International Socialist Tendency. Well it is the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and all that coming up next month and this seems as good a way as celebrating as any...well, maybe.

The Top Ten International Socialist Blogs...Probably

1. Lenin's Tomb (UK)
2. arabawy (Egypt)
3. ISO Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
4. If there is hope... (Canada)
5. John Molyneux (UK)
6. Sursock (Middle East)
7. The Measures Taken/ Sit Down Man... (UK)
8. Le Poireau Rouge (France)
9. Respect Supporter's Blog (UK)
10. Through the Scary Door (UK)

The list is rather dominated by UK based bloggers I am afraid - I am aware that there are must be many bloggers who are part of the IST or who stand for socialism from below and uncompromisingly against imperialism who deserve to be in this list - like perhaps The Sharp Side and many of the other fine blogs I link to - if I have missed anyone obvious out please don't feel offended - get in touch...

Edited to add:
The IS Blogs/Sites I forgot (sorry)

Kotaji (Korea)
The Bat Cave (UK)
Keep Left (South Africa)
Unity blog (New Zealand)
Resistance MP3 (UK)

Also edited to add:
Blogs/Websites which have made an historic past contribution to the IS tradition online (yes, a snappy title I know)

Rick Kuhn
David Renton
Dead Men Left

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At 11:52 pm, Blogger DJN said...

Thanks very much!

I've always thought it would be handy to compile a list of IST blogs...

At 3:43 am, Blogger bobw said...

Thank you for the list. Aside from you, I only knew one name there -- LT.

At 8:01 am, Blogger John Mullen said...

Well I've just started so I don't expect to be in the top ten, but I wanted to note my blog's existence...



At 10:07 am, Anonymous Colin Falconer said...

I'm not sure what counts as a blog these days - many groups or organisations have a blog rather than a website (e.g. the New Zealand SWP's Unity Blog). Blogs are a lot easier to set up and run for small organisations - as well as being more interactive.

Anyway, thanks for the list - and my number one spot for bi-lingual unorthodox IST supporters' blogs written by British socialists living in the Paris banlieue.

At 11:17 am, Blogger Darren said...

"Soft Stalinists"?

I never got the impression that he was that keen on Galloway.

At 11:32 am, Blogger Martin said...

What about Reading the Maps, a kiwi blog that I thought supported your lot?

At 3:57 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Darren - well, he seems to have joined Respect recently so he can't dislike GG too much...

Martin - RtM is a great revolutionary socialist blog - and there are many great revolutionary socialist blogs out there - but Maps is not a member or supporter of the IST...

At 11:32 pm, Anonymous splinteredsunrise said...

Snowball a chara, what's with the false modesty? Great list, and most there unfamiliar to me.

At 11:08 am, Blogger AN said...

I am surprised that the Kiwi blog isn't in your list:


At 8:35 pm, Blogger neprimerimye said...

Bit naughty including Rick Kuhn who is in Socialist Alternative not the ISO in OZ. Therefore he is NOT a member of the IST. Ditto John Mullen who is outside the IST. Ditto Dave Renton who is not in the SWP last I heard.

Btw the Marxist internet Archive includes many documents from the IS Tradition. As does Einde O'Callaghans excellent Die Roten/The Reds site. And indeed a perusal of my own neprimerimye blog will locate a handful of texts from both the Socialist Review Group and IS. Plus some critical commentary.

At 11:36 pm, Blogger owen hatherley said...

Errm, I'm certainly fellow-travelling, but am not actually IST/SWP. Funnily enough, much of my family are CWI/Socialist Party/Militant types, so my occasional contributions to Socialist Worker are deeply controversial when I'm home for xmas dinner.

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