Where it all began. Read the first critical examination of ex-MI5 agent David Shayler's claims--questions never properly answered. Also Karl Marx' parapolitical treatise 'Herr Vogt' deservedly rescued from obscurity.
After a long gap here is what you've been waiting for/fearing (delete as applicable), the second issue of NFTB
I can only apologise for the delay. By way of compensation this issue is 44 pages--not a precedent, but significantly larger than last time. Reactions to issue 1 are referred to later on, so this is not the place to cover that. The NFTB project is gradually taking shape. Careful readers will note that here and there are promises to return to this or that subject. These are all deadly serious, and reflect discussions among those who matter and are prepared to contribute. This is not to say there is a dogmatic 'party line' permeating this magazine. We welcome contributions from a variety of perspectives and in this issue have printed some. The criteria for inclusion is that the subjects be interesting, covering topics that by and large you wouldn't see elsewhere. This is not because articles within these pages are inferior to the turgid pap and candy floss that passes for journalism in the bourgeois media. Rather, we believe our research is more rigorous and analysis more acute than that which is routinely found there. Unfortunately, this means some stories may be bowdlerised or ripped off by the bourgeois media. It would be inappropriate to discuss in public our likely response to that-but it would be unwise to try. If you like the magazine, get others to subscribe, and if you have spare moolah throw it our way--an improvement in production values and starting a web-site are two immediate uses we could put your lottery winnings to ....
There is rather more analysis in this issue of areas beyond the far right, thus fulfilling the promise made in issue 1 that we I are not just going to cover that area. We are acutely aware there are vital issues hardly dealt with in either of the first two issues--Northern Ireland and Europe are the most glaring examples. It takes time and resources we don't possess at present to cover such items. Don't worry, we will get there: sooner rather than later with your help. As before, we appeal for information on topics we have covered and those you think we should. Newspaper articles continue to be something we will be pleased to receive, from whatever source. Most of the stories included speak for thernselves--althouqh given we found putting the magazine together an intense experience, I suggest you don't try and read it all at one sitting!
Given we live in troubled and uncertain times, those of us outside the parameters of the dominant ideological paradigm I find ourselves on a borderland between many different realms of experience. While this magazine is devoted to covering matters (para) political, there is the intention to speak of more profound things than mere politics. What know they of politics who only politics know, to paraphrase John Arlott. The title has fired the imaginations of some readers, one even got involved and wrote an article as a result. Another subscriber kindly sent methe following passage, which, although suffused by a scientific rationalism typical of the period, nonetheless hints at the something more we are seeking. To him go the last words ....
"We have actually touched the Borderland where Matter and Force seem to merge into one another, the shadowy realm between the Known and Unknown ... I venture to think that the greatest scientific problems of the future will find their solution in this Borderland, and even beyond; here, it seems to me, lie Ultimate Realities, subtle, far-reaching, wonderful"
Sir William Crookes (1879)
MI5 & Domestic Subversion: Shayler and After
Did They Not Like That?
Karl Marx and Spies in the Workers Movement
Abolish the Border Controls of the Mind
The Party That Ended Early--LM/RCP
A Method of Inducing Mind Disturbance in Targets Practised by the British Permanent Government
Matthew Collins: another Searchlight/C18 provocateur
Again Plucking The White Rose:Yorkshire Revisited Click here to read this article
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Notes from the Borderland -- The First Decade
This article first appeared in NFB issue 8 (2007 p.27-29) and is a useful history of where we came from and the contents of each issue....We are happy to report (and this site proves it) we have now resolved the technical difficulties alluded to in point 5 of the conclusion below. Click here to read