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.

1 comment:

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.