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Anita Berber - Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano 

Anita Berber was an actress, a dancer and a poet who scandalised and challenged German morality during the unique period of Weimar Berlin in the years immediately following the trauma of The First World War. Anita seduced married women away from their husbands; punched a German boxing champion in the face and insulted the king of Yugoslavia. She was labelled as 'totally perverted' and managed to be arrested or deported from practically every country in central Europe. Anita danced naked, gambled wildly and partied like no-one before, or arguably, since with a concoction of drugs that defies belief. Mary W Craig has written extensively about the life of Anita Berber in her new book "Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano." In the following article written for The Point Mary gives us an introduction to the life of the original Berlin wild child.      Read More


Wave Power: the Quiet Nationalisation

Nick Durie on Pelamis, and the real powers needed for a renewables revolution in Scotland

"Scotland has no major operating wave power stations. Yet. As a technology wave power is in its infancy.

During the 1970s and 1980s Scotland pioneered wind turbine technology, but the UK Government's failure to support the early wind power industry meant that this early technological lead was squandered...             Read More


Budget Round-Up

A quick round-up on the budget, Conor Cheyne's thoughts on some of the key points

"George Osborne released his latest budget, one in which he has claimed that Britain has recovered from the economic meltdown of 2008 and is now continuing forward. While many on the right have commended him and the job he has done, we know that in fact the opposite is true."      Read More


    Cameron's Free School Scam   


The Tory party are on full-out attack against the education system in England with their Free School models. John Westmoreland looks at the impact it is having for children and the education system as a whole. We in Scotland must remember that just because we have control of our own education, it doesn't mean this shouldn't be a matter of concern for us.    


"The announcement that a future Tory government would create another 500 Free Schools came at the same time as Cameron has cut 24 per cent from the budget for Adult Learning"     Read More           


Remove the Royals - Why we need a Republic 

The Point continues its policy of giving young writers a stage as SSP member Daniel Yahia Mohammed gives reasons as to why it is time to dump the monarchy like so many other nations have.

"Hopeless, draining and worthless. No, that was not me describing the latest Scotland match but our tainted 'Royal' Family. Truth be told, there is nothing royal about these elitists. They drain the hard working tax payers' money, they despise democracy, they encourage feudalism and are the root of many of the problems facing this country. With thousands on the streets, with the NHS on the verge of collapse and a quarter of kids in poverty surely it is time to emit the problem? Change needs to come. I'm not advocating a Bolshevik style revolution, but you don't need to be a political analytical expert to realise what is unfolding in front of our very eyes is wrong."       Read More



"Scottish Socialist Party national spokesman Colin Fox was in Athens for the Greek General Election. He reflects here on Syriza's victory, its subsequent climb-down in its debt negotiations with the Troika, and assesses the prospect of a Scottish 'Coalition of the Radical Left' contesting next year's Holyrood elections..."   Read More


Republishing the first of a major series of articles, Steve Arnott argues for a new left prospectus based on a synthesis of Marxist and Darwinist ideas, and that in the field of biology and human nature, the left needs to abandon some cherished myths and shibboleths for a greater degree of scientific understanding.

 Marx, Darwin and the Conspiracy of Doves 



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