Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SWP leading light is Lord Acton's great grandson

A corking Trivial Fact of the Day. It turns out that the Socialist Workers Party's leading theorist Alex Callinicos is the great grandson of the great Liberal historian Lord Acton.

I am endebted to Dave Osler on Liberal Conspiracy for the lead. Osler says that Callinicos is Lord Acton's grandson, but a little research shows that he is in fact his great grandson.

Alex Callinicos's mother was the Hon. Ædgyth Bertha Milburg Mary Antonia Frances Lyon-Dalberg-Acton. She was the daughter of Richard Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, 2nd Baron Acton. And he in turn was the son of John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton.

Lord Acton, as the first baron is usually known, was often quoted by the radical Young Liberals of the 1960s. He is best remembered today as the originator of the maxim:
All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


Matthew Smith said...

This is not new really, it's been known for a very long time, alex doesn't hide it. What would be shocking would be to make any politicalcapital out if it, workerism for want of a better term, which I'm glad to see you haven't ventured near. It's also well known he was recruited into the SWP forerunner, the IS by none other than Christopher Hitchens.

skydog said...

“..... To think that for all those years I swam in the filth of Capitalist Falsehood.
Why hadn’t my teachers tell me that the Zionists caused the Second World War?
“Why didn't they tell me President Bush had bought Iraq for $100 from a corporate friend on Wall Street?
“Why was I never told that Churchill was a Nazi and that the USA is officially a Nazi state?
“And what about the six million Palestinians killed by German, American and Israeli bombers during World War Two?
“Why did I never hear about the hundreds of thousands murdered in Guantanomo Bay?
“And what about US drone attacks, which have killed almost one million people in Pakistan, Yemen and the black ghettos of America?
“And did you know that prostitution, hate and evilitude didn't exist until Adam Smith invented capitalism in 1776. And least but not last, I certainly didn't know that Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) was actually an Outreach Interfaith Enabler and Liberation Theologian, not the warrior and rapist painted by the Zionist MSM and the Daily Mail.
“No you don’t hear much about all that, do you? As well as the fact that Muslims invented mathematics, discovered quantum mechanics and sent the first man to the moon. The ignorance of the sheeple and of fascistNazibigots! astonishes me....”