Like world revolution, the
Turtle always arrives later than we expect, but this one is here at
last, heralding the new dawn of popular victory in Sri Lanka, East Berlin
Thanks to everyone who has
bought a copy in the past, and thanks for reading this now -- but extra
potent ideology-points to our four new writers -- Joe, Anne, Richard
and Dan -- and thanks to everyone else who has helped to bring this
Chelonian Beast to birth, especially Dave Renton, John Armstrong and
Ben Fender for knowing how Pagemaker works. Ben refuses to sign
this issue because he is so embarrassed by one of the songs.
For the unhappy few who don't
share our extremely reasonable fondness for Scripture, Soviets and Slogans,
the Voice of the Turtle is to be found in the Song of Solomon; Atheist
at the Machine Tool is a regrettably-defunct 1920s Russian publication;
the stirring battle-cry on the cover was coined by Lassalle and later
taken up by Rosa Luxemburg just before she was shot.
And to make this Turtle even
better value for money, we've included an unabridged Socialist Classic
free with the articles: all eleven Theses
on Feuerbach. Watch out for the Anti-Dühring,
We say this every term, but
this time there really is a real chance of a second issue before Christmas,
so get writing this week, Send articles, poems, replies, criticism,
anything to me or Ben at Balliol and thereby make us happy.