Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Website Anniversary: 10 years later, the Jihad continues

By which I mean the inner struggle for truth and justice. The 27th is the official anniversary of the site, although it was formally started on the 16th. Ten years of conceptual continuity, more or less, that have allowed for many developments and permutations within that framework. Amazing to think that when this blog started, folks who are currently college seniors (if they've stayed on the four year plan) were in 6th grade.

Anyways, this blog continues in force, and is now trying to implement some of the foundational ideas outlined throughout the decade and go deeper into them. Phase two is being put into action (maniacal laughter).

In any case I have to give credit where credit is due: this blog wouldn't exist without This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow. I found his website and thought that it was the coolest thing in the world that a comics artistI loved actually had a site where he could talk about stuff he thought about outside of framework the comic. Tomorrow posted articles on what a blog was, how it worked, why you should do it. I thought what the hell, I can do it too. He in turn got the idea of setting up a blog from Will Wheaton's blog/website.

Previous to the blog, I had been making very long, no doubt annoying, comments on articles on other people's sites, comments that were actually mini articles made in response to the points raised, and had also been coming across so much obscure New Left material in the wake of WTO that I felt I needed to share some of it with other people. So, I decided to start my own site and put all of it forward, along with my own thinking, instead of polluting other folks sites with what were essentially complete works.

There have been ups, and there have been downs, such as in the fall of '06 when I basically told everyone to fuck off, and became even more cynical than usual. Yet it has persisted, and, in fact, has recently undergone a renaissance of sorts, if I do say so myself.

I think I've done a good job of resurrecting some of the actual thought behind socialism in Europe, stuff that few people in the U.S. are aware of. Now's the time to collate it, scattered as it has been over the years, and do something creative with it.

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