Monday, February 01, 2010

Karl on SFI

It may be immodest of me to call this to your attention, but it does give me the excuse of mixing things up. The SFI journal is published by I. Rhonda King within easy walking distance of where I am writing this, and I regularly read and admire it. I have quoted from it on this blog before.

This time Rhonda quoted from me. The lead essay in the current issue (which you can find at the URL given above) is the introduction from my book "Keep On Keeping On" which is published as a web page at:

An earlier version of the content of the book is on another of my blogs at
but because Rhonda publishes a group of books on and about St. Vincent and the Grenadines, I have the excuse of mentioning that blog, and the book, on this blog which is dedicated to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Everything comes together.

The godfather of this confabulation is Hilary Beckel, Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of UWI on Barbados. Not long after we had begun our residence here in St. Vincent, Dr. Beckel gave a lecture on the UN conference on Race that he attended as a representative of Barbados and SVG. He pointed out that in 1800 St. Vincent was the center of the conflict between European and Amerindian races and the class war represented by the French Revolution; and that race and class were again the point of conflict in the world. In Keep On Keeping On I certainly agree with that: the difficulty that Barack Obama is having is not only because of the elite resentment of his race, but the effort of the politicians of both right and left to prevent the upward mobility (which Obama refers to as equality) of the poor, the workers and pretty much all of the middle class.

So in a sense, the particular ideas of Keep On Keeping On were stimulated by Hilary Beckel's talk in the Methodist Church Hall in Kingstown. '

But don't blame him if you don't like it.

But you should drop an email to Rhonda and get yourself put on the subscription list of SFI. It is not only one of the most mentally stimulating publications on the web, but it is published in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.