Revolutionary Portugal & the Woke Anglosphere II

BY TOM GALLAGHER Portugal during 1974-5 did not lack single-minded zealots.  These radicals, however, were seeking to transform society from a much weaker level of institutional influence. They lacked the means to shift popular consciousness in their direction as shown by the failure of a campaign of ‘cultural dynamization’ launched in parts of rural Portugal by junior officers who strove to liberate peasants from their … Continue reading Revolutionary Portugal & the Woke Anglosphere II

Revolutionary Portugal & the Woke Anglosphere I

BY TOM GALLAGHER A new book whose English translation is ‘To the Right of the Revolution’, offering a detailed exploration of the resistance to the left-wing Portuguese revolution of 1974-75, prompts the question: why did it fail? It had a lot going for it. The overthrow of an enfeebled authoritarian regime on 25 April 1974 opened up a power vacuum. It was quickly filled by … Continue reading Revolutionary Portugal & the Woke Anglosphere I

Gallagher’s Salazar

BY JAMIE FOSTER An anomaly among modern dictators, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar exemplified the power of a negative personality. He held Portugal in thraldom for more than 40 years, a record of durability unmatched by Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini or Adolf Hitler, his Fascist counterparts (and good friends). Due to Salazar’s long rule, a detached evaluation of him is difficult. He is considered either a … Continue reading Gallagher’s Salazar

The Single-Minded Country Boy

BY TOM GALLAGHER Antonio Salazar was Europe’s longest serving Prime Minister in modern times. I wonder how much this can be ascribed to his farming background? In his 36 years presiding over the affairs of Portugal, this conservative autocrat, never allowed himself to be swallowed up by the bustle and self-importance of its capital, Lisbon. He ran Portugal rather like a punctilious head butler in … Continue reading The Single-Minded Country Boy

Bring on the Drugs Revolution

BY SAM WHITE Islington Council’s widely criticised decision to shut down Fabric nightclub last year marked a low point in jobsworth state interference. The incident was reminiscent of the cat and mouse battles of the 1990s when the Pay Party Unit and the Territorial Support Group, validated by decades of shit stirring from the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempted to forcibly straitjacket society by disrupting … Continue reading Bring on the Drugs Revolution