Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Win a CLR James T-shirt


Those Histomat readers whose interest in cricket has perhaps been slightly lifted of late by the recent Ashes series may be interested to know that the good people over at Philosophy Football recently produced a series of T-shirts, two of which were illustrated with quotes about cricket from legendary socialists Harold Pinter and C.L.R. James (others quoted include John Arlott and the liberal historian GM Trevelyan). The Trinidadian writer James, when he wasn't busy attempting a veritable Copernican Revolution in Marxist theory or labouring to uncover the hidden historic role played by black people in the development of modern civilisation (indeed, The Black Jacobins recently came first in the New Statesman's selection of 'Red Reads: Fifty Books That Will Change Your Life'), worked as a superb cricket correspondent for the Guardian during the 1930s and 1950s and once famously asked, in a nice riff on Rudyard Kipling's 'What should they know of England who only England know?', 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?'.

Anyway, if you'd like to be in with a chance to win a T-shirt with that very quote of James's on it, then Philosophy Football have teamed up with Socialist Worker to give you that very opportunity in a competition. The set question is not hard - you don't have to literally try and answer the question 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?' or another equally intriguing question, 'What do they know of CLR James who only CLR James know?' But be quick, Histomat readers - you only have till the end of the month...

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