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November 05, 2012

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Chris williams

Interesting, given that, as Marin Barker proved in 'haunt of fears' the 'ban this filth' movement of the 1950s had the CPGB behind it.

CMcM

Thanks Chris: I didn't know that.

The Amazon review suggests Sam Aaronovitch was the key figure in the CPGB campaign.

I met Sam Aaronovitch once or twice. He really wasn't Mary Whitehouse. Does the book suggest any linear connection?

Cian

Kind of weird, given Sam's son now writes horror novels.

Richard J

Voodoo Histories wasn't that bad...

Richard J

More seriously, the book makes reference to Common Cause(in the context of referring to it and the British Italic Writing Society) - from context this seems to be some kind of borderline fascist right wing grouping, but I wonder if anyone knows anything about them - they're quite tricky to Google...

dsquared

Common Cause. Parent organisation of IRIS, the blacklist merchants.

dsquared

and not really "borderline fascist" as "really really enthusiastically anti-Communist", in as much as the two can be distinguished.

jamie

Hang on: wasn't there also a Common Cause which was the British version of Social Credit?

Richard J

And choosing to snigger at the reference to Air Marshal Theodore McEvoy politely declining an association with the NVALA owing to his association with the Italic Society rather than following up this rather tantalising link rather shows the limitation of the book...

Phil

Jamie - are you thinking of Common Wealth? Not sure they were distributist, though - more co-op / syndicalist.

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