Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

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

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dance like a butterfly...

"What Mr Hitchens has done is unique in natural history; the first-ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug. I mention 'slug' purposefully, because the one thing a slug does leave behind it is a trial of slime".

...sting like a bee.

Edited to add: Gary Younge watched the big fight between the indefatigable George Galloway and the popinjay Christopher Hitchens from the ringside here, and says Galloway won 'on points'. I agree.

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At 12:41 am, Blogger badmatthew said...

That anyone should think that butterflies come from slugs is just distressing. Don't you ever listen to 'Gardeners Question Time'?

At 1:39 am, Blogger Snowball said...

George Bush's favourite book is allegedly 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle, about a, er, hungry caterpillar who, yep, turns into a butterfly.

So it is possible Galloway was actually half hoping Hitchens would correct him on this point - so he could make some joke about the kind of books that 'the court jester' of the Bushs was reading at the moment.

Or perhaps I am reading too much into this. Anyway cheers for posting, and I will make a mental note to listen to Gardeners Question Time like a good Marxist in the future.

At 3:02 pm, Blogger badmatthew said...

And could the very hungry caterpillar be an analogy for rapacious world capitalism, destroynig our resources and leaving a wake of misery. Beats David Harvey everytime.


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