Hi, it’s Greenygrey. With two Greenygrey publications recently self-published, we thought that this week would be a good time to look at how the Greenygrey emerged into the human world, and where it is at now; and of course create more interest in the books; we believe in transparent publicising/advertising at the Greenygrey! In international politics, the Greenygrey emerged after the end of the Cold War and emergence of the War on Terror clouded (created greenygrey rather than black and white) the old distinctions between left and right.
The West’s Awakening and Division of Socialism
When the U.S. supported Afghan insurgents against the Soviet invasion in the 1970s and 1980s (since told in films such as Charlie Wilson’s War) Marc Latham thought they’d regret it. The U.S. seemed to think they could trust fellow god-fearing monotheists more than the godless pagan socialists.
Marc was at the time an ardent socialist, supporting the unions in Britain at a time when there was clear daylight between the right (American capitalist) and left (Russian socialist) wings of politics, with his political heroes those described by the ‘right-wing press’ as the ‘loony left’, such as Arthur Scargill, Tony Benn and Derek Hatton; and left-wing uprisings by groups such as the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, which promised to end corrupt dictatorship and bring a fairer society for the people. Apparently, President Daniel Ortega ended up being corrupt too when the Sandinistas won power.
The Cold War ended in the 1990s, and was replaced by the War on Terror in the early twenty-first century after the 9/11 attacks on New York. Ironically, the training hub of the Islamic religious revolutionaries was Afghanistan, and most of the 9/11 bombers were Saudi Arabians; an ally of the U.S.
While some of the old left such as David Aaronivitch chose Western Capitalism as the best of two evils, others like George Galloway chose to side with Islamic Jihad; of course, it turned out that the old left’s Soviet Union had plenty of evil too, but it had mostly been kept quiet beyond the Iron Curtain.
That’s not to say that the Old Left had been wrong about the evils the West had supported in the Cold War, with the atrocities committed by dictators such as Somoza and Pinochet all too real.
Eric Hobsbawm Passes Away
This blog was inspired by the passing away of old-left historian, Eric Hobsbawm, an article about it on the Prospect website, and a comment by our ol’ pal, Marc Latham, about it. Here’s what Marc wrote:
I think that Eric Hobsbawm should be remembered as a great historian and contributor to twentieth-century thinking, but agree with RAPProds that ‘left-wing’ authoritarianism has been, and can be, as bad as ‘right-wing’, and it should be a matter of right or wrong rather than right or left.
‘Lefties’ like George Galloway were supporting the Arab governments before the revolutions, and then presumably became supporters of the revolutionaries trying to depose them, as he likened his campaign in Bradford to the Arab Spring.
The treatment of women in the Arab countries continues to be totally unequal, sometimes to the point of bullying oppression, with many women losing freedom and rights since the ‘Spring’, which Marx would surely object to if he was still alive; whereas there is more gender equality, as well as other equalities, in the ‘right-wing’ UK, USA and Israel, so who’s the more socialist?
As I have previously written:
When I started studying at university I focused my attention on how right-wing elite society did this, before the political, banking and media scandals brought it all to the surface.
But by then I had widened my scope to all of humanity, as I had seen ‘left-wing’ New Labour involved in those scandals, and the ‘counter-culture’ lying, spinning and censoring as much as those they criticised.
I used to think that the left and ‘counter-culture’ were the goodies, but now I just see them as the other side; one half of a self-perpetuating human whole that lives off competition, division, power and greed. When ‘rebels’ gain power it usually corrupts them, and they become like those they considered not fit to rule.
I saw the documentaries of Adam Curtis between writing the poem and this book, and they seem to provide a good overview of the competition at the heart of humanity and society.