1. Transfer to WWW.LENINISM.ORG completed
It took a lot more work than I thought it would--but the entire cyberLeninism site has now been transfered to its new home. In the process, I overhauled every single page. I cleaned up all the dead links. I also redesigned many of the pages to take advantage of the fact that hardly anyone is still using Netscape 2.0 (which can't handle colored tables).
The new server is faster and will also allow me to use automation in the form of "Active Server Pages".
2. Chapter 8 released of
"How to Build the Party of the Future"
Chapter 8 is the first chapter dealing with the period during which Lenin was in power.
Current plan is to release the chapters a month apart. Will this be realistic?
(There was a 10 month gap between chapters 7 and 8.)
All released chapters are now posted at:
www.Leninism.org/pof together with most of the good discussion (and some of the bad discussion).
Instructions for posting your own comments or getting on the "Party of the Future" email mailing list are on that page. Check it out.
3. Cool animated button
You can now link to this site using a cool, animated button. All you need to do is include the following in your html code:
<!--- cyberLeninism ad --->
width=88 height=31 border="0"
If you really like the button, you can make it display at twice normal size by using width=176 and height=62 in the code above. Then it will look like this:
4. Forum is STILL frozen
And the links page is still drastically overdue for an overhaul. The good news, however, is that nearly every single dead link has been removed.
The forum and the links page will be functional, better than ever, as part of the site automation.
5. Site automation has been slightly delayed
At least I hope the delay is slight. It took me much longer than I thought to transfer this site to Leninism.org and overhaul every page. Automation will begin (hopefully) very soon now. Does "soon" mean days or months? I hope it means days.
I've got a lot of work to do tonite before I go to sleep, so I'll sign off here.
Best wishes to all the readers who give me encouragement!
Ben Seattle (cyberRed)
---- 1.May.98 -- 2am ----//-//
Many readers are upset or disappointed that the forum has been frozen
for more than 10 months. Here is one letter:
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 1997 12:45 PM
> Dear ben,
> Hi, i'm a big fan of your cyberLeninism page
> but I'm becoming concerned with the apparent
> inactivity in the site. When do you plan to
> unfreeze your forum if ever and where can I
> get involved in an on-line communist
> discussion until then?
-- Ben replies --
Here is the good, the bad and the ugly:
-- The good --
The good news is that I plan to "automate" my site--so that
the forum will operate without my having to hand-code the e-mail I receive into html,
fix all the dumb mistakes that I make and then FTP everything up to my ISP.
-- The bad --
The bad news is that before I can start this task--I must finish at least
the theoretical section of my
How to Build the Party of the Future series.
Originally intended as a weekend project--it will likely take me thru the end of the year.
I have written 7 chapters so far and am currently working on the chapters
which sum up the period in which Lenin was in power.
I have only had time to post the first 3 chapters--but
will post everything as soon as I have a chance.
-- The ugly --
The best forums that I know of for Marxist-related discussion--are in the
maintained by the Spoon Collective.
These are e-mail based discussion lists.
The best of these Spoon forums is
I am not necessarily recommending these sites--because few of the participants
are serious about actually doing anything--and the quality of the discussion
is very uneven--with occasional brilliance side-by-side with unbelievable stupidity.
But until there are Marxist forums of higher caliber--this is the best of which I am aware.
PS: If you find a better
forum--please let me know!
Ben Seattle ----//-// 14.Nov.97