The Early Days of a Better Nation

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Another Good Man Gone

I was sorry to learn at the weekend of the death of Al Richardson. I never knew him, and as far as I know I met him only once, as he bounced around behind a stall selling the journal Revolutionary History. A veteran and historian of British Trotskyism, an activist, writer, editor and publisher, Al Richardson was a man who grew more radical as he grew older. At an age when he could have been excused for slipping into mental rigidity and reminiscent nostalgia, he tirelessly questioned and re-examined the ideas and positions he, like so many others, had so staunchly defended. Some of his sharply iconoclastic, always stimulating, always provisional, articles can be found here and here.


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