Friday, 6 May 2016

Writing - Classification, Marx and me.

May 5 is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 240 days remaining until the end of the year.
This day marks the approximate midpoint of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the March equinox). Seems strange that a week ago we had snow on the ground!

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Karl Marx

1818 - Karl Marx was born on May 5th.

    Karl Marx was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Born in Prussia to a middle-class family, he later studied political economy and Hegelian philosophy. Wikipedia
    Born: May 5, 1818, Trier, Germany
    Died: March 14, 1883, London
    Buried: March 17, 1883, Highgate Cemetery, London
    Influenced by: Friedrich Engels, William Shakespeare, more

    If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist. [In a letter about the peculiar 'Marxism' which arose in France 1882]

    I find it interesting that a man has to deny the classification and definitions of himself by others. Over the years it happens to all of us, usually during a heated discussion, that someone accuses of being something or having traits that you know yourself to be alien to you. It is an indicator of how people classify and they do it to make themselves feel 'safe'. However, they are wrong to do so and insulting to state their classification of another publicly.
    So you end up feeling alien to yourself much as I'm sure that Marx felt when he read about Marxism and didn't recognise himself in the parameters of Marxism.
    The stories below are part of me, they explain parts of me, they represent part of my viewpoints on some matters, BUT they are not all that I am.
    Please read on.

    December 2015

     My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
    The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

    All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

    This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

    Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


    God Bless