Monday, 7 August 2017

Bits and Pieces: Slums, Red Rosa, and Ruccio.

Writing for Jacobin, Colette Shade comments on the BBC series "Victorian Slum House", presented by Michael Mosley, broadcast in Australia by SBS as "Queen Victoria's Slum".

She seemed fairly positive about the show, so I reluctantly decided to give it a go: I'm not much of a TV watcher.

A bit to my surprise, I've found that "Queen Victoria's Slum" is actually rather interesting and even educative.

Shade was right: many things we find new are surprisingly old. Australian viewers can watch it for free from SBS's On Demand site.


Speaking of Shade, last year she interviewed Kate Evans for Broadly. They spoke about Rosa Luxemburg and Evans graphic biography/novel "Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg", published by Verso.

The interview is interesting in itself. And you can't deny the idea of a graphic biography/novel is really creative.


David Ruccio has nothing to do with Victorian slums or Rosa Luxemburg. He and Stephen Whitefield, instead, are looking for answers -- economics, Trump and the US Left.


  1. What will it take to convince David Ruccio that the Democratic Party in the US cannot be reformed?

    1. I have no firm position on that issue.

      On one hand, I understand Ruccio's position: things in our current two-party systems are extremely difficult for a third party. BTW, Ruccio is not the only person in the US and otherwise who think that way.

      On the other hand, it does seem like a task of Sisyphus to change those parties.

      It may be premature to make one's mind up, but, so far, the example of the Democratic Party seems less than inspiring.