Luna17 is one year old today. I started the blog on 19 March 2009 as a means of promoting the ideas and the kinds of activism I consider important. Throughout the last year I've sought to give it a clear orientation on 'offline' campaigning, which reflects my own political activism. While I only occasionally blog directly about my own activities, I often use this blog as a platform for promoting particular events and campaigns.
My initial impetus was that I knew of no left-wing blogs in the North East of England. I intended to plug that gap, but I quickly dropped the idea of devoting lots of space to local events and issues. This was mainly because I realised that most people checking out Luna17 weren't local, so I'd be limiting its reach if I preoccupied myself with local material.
I make a point of posting a wide range of material, in terms of the topics covered but also the kind of material: news reports, commentaries, videos, links to others, the occasional theoretical piece. For this birthday posting, I thought I'd select a small number of my more analytical writings. The common theme is the revolutionary tradition and socialist strategy.
The revolutionary tradition: standing on the shoulders of giants
Revolutionary leadership and democracy
The future of the revolutionary party
Lenin, Lukacs and the actuality of the revolution
Note: The first post is from my temporary blog, compiled last summer, devoted to Tony Cliff.