Apart from voyages by ship and cycling as far and as often as I can, I am a writer with a passion for Marxism in its many and – especially – unexpected directions. In the past, I was more interested in the complex intersections between Marxism and religion, with a distinct interest in Europe and Russia (as one can see from my publications).
These days I am focused mostly on the realities of socialism in power, since there has now been more than a century of rich and ongoing experience in many parts of the world. As Lenin and Mao said repeatedly, it is relatively easy to gain power through a communist revolution; it is infinitely more complicated to exercise such power in order to construct socialism. So I am interested in the many dimensions of socialism ‘after October’, after the revolution, for only then do many new practical and theoretical possibilities arise.
For those who are interested, I divide my time between different universities in Australia, China and Denmark. For the most comprehensive source of my interests, this site is my webpage.
I like speaking my mind, being misinterpreted, and scaring the shit out of good, upright and conservative citizens. But I am also a bit of a hermit, enjoy sleep, the company of those close to me, cycling, ships (or did I say that), trains, collecting old wood and making furniture, or pieces of ancient bicycle and constructing new ones from them.
For those not aware of what my writing is like, here are some of my favourite glowing assessments:
- anticipated with fear and trembling
- the sentiment the author expresses here is the oddest I have ever read in a scholarly work
- Stalinist and apologist for the strong-arm tactics of the Maoists and the PRC
- Gelernt haben ich nichts
- agent of provocation
- Deng Xiaoping’s buttplug
But why ‘Stalin’s Moustache’? Do I want to rehabilitate Stalin, who was more ambiguous than the popular conception would have it? That is up to the reader to decide, although – in case the quirkiness of Australian humour is not obvious already – one should never take what is written here too seriously. Alluding to Lenin’s jutting chin of history, Tito (from Yugoslavia) once said: ‘Stalin is known the world over for his moustache’.