August 03, 2006

Aug. 3, 2006: #9 Trudeau, China, Laski & Socialism ...

Others have termed Harold Laski's ideas communism. Read and decide for yourself. Certainly Trudeau admired and was friendly with more than one Communist leader -- Castro, Nyerere.

Apparently, Trudeau was fascinated by Communist China, visiting China more than once. He and his buddy wrote: Book: Hebert, Jacques ; Trudeau, Pierre : Two Innocents in Red China. (Translated by I M Owen) OUP 1968. 152p pb, illustrated, VG+ PKM 58106 £9

Note: I have seen Laski spelled Lasky also.

Laski, Harold Joseph Columbia Encyclopedia
A member (1922–36) of the executive committee of the Fabian Society, Laski became a member of the Labour party executive committee in 1936 and was chairman of the party in 1945–46. .... Laski moved from an early belief in antistatist pluralism to the conviction that the state had to take the lead in socialist reform. His books include Studies in the Problem of Sovereignty (1917), Authority in the Modern State (1919), Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham (1920), Karl Marx (1921), Communism (1927), Democracy in Crisis (1933), The American Presidency (1940), Faith, Reason, and Civilisation (1944), The American Democracy (1948), and Liberty in the Modern State (rev. ed. 1948).

Works by Harold Laski at Project Gutenberg

Biography and various quotations regarding Laski

Kingsley Martin heard visiting lecturer, Harold Laski, while studying at Cambridge University ....

[Laski's] lectures amounted to little in substance if one tried to write them down, but they made every student excited about the subject.

Apparently, Laski had charisma, also.

[Ralph Miliband] The first duty of a Labour Government, [Laski] insisted, was to come to terms, despite all difficulties, with the Communist world.

Digression: Law Professors: Just like a heifer

Exactly 120 years ago today, May 15, 1886, at Walkerville (now part of Windsor), Ontario, distiller and cattle breeder Hiram ("Canadian Club") Walker and banker Theodore C. Sherwood struck a deal over a polled Angus cow named Rose. Walker agreed to sell the cow, which he thought barren, for $80. When she turned out to be with calf (and therefore worth as much as $1,000), Walker reneged, leading to the most famous "mutual mistake" case in U.S. history, Sherwood v. Walker. In honor of the day, this lyric, to the tune of Bob Dylan's Just Like a Woman.


Why did I think of equalization, oil and Alberta when I read that? ... Of the claims by those who have not earned them to the resources of those who have -- welfare, UN demands for $$$ for the Third World, etc.?


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