Mick Hume

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Mick Hume is associated with the libertarian and anti-environmentalist LM network.
Mick Hume in 2007 or 2008

Hume was born in 1959 and raised in Woking, attending Woking County Grammar School for Boys [1] and studying American Studies in Manchester University. His first left-wing political act was, as a student in Manchester in 1981, supporting Irish Republican hunger strikers, alongside protesting against alleged police racism during that summer's Moss Side riots. [2] He is a journalist and erstwhile organiser of the Revolutionary Communist Party where he was editor of the weekly paper The Next Step from January 1987. [3] In 1988, he became the founding editor of the party's monthly magazine Living Marxism for which he wrote both under his own name and under the pseudonym Eddie Veale.[4] In 1997, following the dissolution of the RCP, the magazine was relaunched under his editorship as LM. Following the magazine's bankruptcy in a libel trial, he become the founding editor of its successor Spiked in 2001. He resigned from this post in 2007 in favour of Brendan O'Neill but continues to write for Spiked. He also speaks at the Battle of Ideas. [5][6]

He has written a column for the Times (London) since 2000.

According to his biography on the "Communicating the war on terror" conference website:

Mick Hume is the editor of spiked and a columnist for The Times (London) and a regular contributor to other publications. He was the editor of LM Magazine (which he launched, originally as Living Marxism, in 1988) until it was forced to close in 2000 following a libel suit brought by ITN. Hume is a fortysomething ex-grammar school boy from Woking, who went to Manchester University and still has a season ticket at Old Trafford."[7]


Encounter

In 1999, journalist Andy Beckett went to a Living Marxism-organised conference that Hume attended. Beckett interviewed Hume about his background and observed:

he rehearses the LM worldview: the globe is "at the end of a political cycle of left and right"; class, once the foundation of all left-wing thinking, "is not a political factor"; there is "no alternative to the market". Instead, the LM project has evolved into "reclaiming the human subject". ...
What Hume is reluctant to mention is that, until three years ago, Living Marxism was the official journal of a more obscure organisation: the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). After a long, uncharacteristic pause, and a certain amount of looking at the floor, Hume admits that he "spent 10 years in the RCP". What about the other staff of LM? "The network of people I live and work with contain lots of people who were members of the RCP…" Hume tries to sound casual. "I didn't think you were going to write about the RCP and all that."[8]

Affiliations

Publications

Pamphlets and Books

1996

  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels The Communist Manifesto (Living Marxism Originals), Introduction by Mick Hume London: Pluto Press; New edition (15 May 1996) ISBN-10: 0745310338 ISBN-13: 978-0745310336

1997

1998

  • Mick Hume, Televictims - emotional correctness in the media AD (After Diana), LM magazine, 1998.

2012

  • Mick Hume, There is No Such Thing As a Free Press...: And we need one more than ever, Imprint Academic, 1 September 2012.

2015

  • Mick Hume, Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?, William Collins, 18 June 2015.

2017

  • Mick Hume, Revolting!: How the Establishment are Undermining Democracy and What They're Afraid Of, William Collins, 23 February 2017.

Living Marxism/LM

1988

  • Mick Hume, 'The Living and the Dead', Living Marxism, November 1988, No. 1, p. 4-5.

1989

  • Mick Hume, 'Do we need a new constitution?', Living Marxism, No. 3 - January 1989, p. 4-5.
  • Mick Hume 'Gerry Adams interview', Living Marxism, No. 3 - January 1989, p. 26-30.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Twenty things they don't won't you to know about the Libyan chemical weapons scare', Living Marxism - No. 4 - February 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The one-party state', Living Marxism, No. 5 - March 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Defend the right to be offensive', Living Marxism, No. 6 - April 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Gorbachev should get a job on the Sunday Telegraph', Living Marxism, No. 7 - May 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: We are talking terror', Living Marxism, No. 8 - June 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'The politics', Living Marxism, No. 8 - June 1989, p. 8.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: China - an advert for revolution', Living Marxism, No. 9 - July 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The people who applaud the IRA', Living Marxism, No. 10 - August 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Who won?', Living Marxism, No. 11 - September 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: 'Free us from the Free World', Living Marxism, No. 12 - October 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Socialist - the new all purpose insult', Living Marxism, No. 13 - November 1989, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: the end of the decayed', Living Marxism, No. 14 - December 1989, p. 4.

1990

  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Confessions of a communist', Living Marxism, No. 15 - January 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Making a revolution', Living Marxism, No. 16 - February 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: How can you call yourself a Marxist?', Living Marxism, No. 17 - March 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial', Living Marxism, No. 18 - April 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The riots - left and right unite and fight', Living Marxism, No. 19 - May 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: There is no future in the Union Jack', Living Marxism, No. 20 - June 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The New Enlightenment starts here', Living Marxism, No. 21 - July 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Two-party politics in a one-party state', Living Marxism, No. 22 - August 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Why the poll tax is not a class issue', Living Marxism, No. 22 - August 1990, p. 36.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Hands off the Gulf', Living Marxism, No. 23 - September 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Imperialism is alive - and kicking', Living Marxism, No. 24 - October 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Ten things you should know about the Gulf crisis', Living Marxism, No. 24 - October 1990, p. 10.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The New Age of Imperialism', Living Marxism, No. 25 - November 1990, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Europe is only the tip of the Tories' iceberg', Living Marxism, No. 26 - December 1990, p. 4.

1991

  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: No more Mr Nice Guy', Living Marxism, No. 27 - January 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: For what?', Living Marxism, No. 28 - February 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: How the West has lost', Living Marxism, No. 29 - March 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: After Iraq, who's next?', Living Marxism, No. 30 - April 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The Walter Mitty Tendency and the poll tax', Living Marxism, No. 31 - May 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Whatever happened to the working class?', Living Marxism, No. 31 - May 1991, p. 18.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The myth of the White Man's burden', Living Marxism, No. 32 - June 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Towards 2000 - a time for revolutionary ideas', Living Marxism, No. 33 - July 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: Scum politics', Living Marxism, No. 34 - August 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Liverpool: Who's to blame', Living Marxism, No. 34 - August 1991, p. 8.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: If Marxism is dead, why to they keep digging it up?', Living Marxism, No. 35 - September 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: The West plays wordgames while the East burns', Living Marxism, No. 36 - October 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: There's only one party in it', Living Marxism, No. 36 - November 1991, p. 4.
  • Mick Hume, 'Editorial: What's so good about Western civilisation?', Living Marxism, No. 38 - December 1991, p. 4.

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

Living Marxism became LM at issue 97 in February 1997.

1998

1999

2000

Spiked

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Resources, References and Contact

References

  1. Talking About My Generation The Times 30 Dec 2008
  2. Bobby Sands was nobody's victim Spiked, 28 Oct 2008
  3. Mick Hume moves on - new editor for Spiked Spiked, 29 Jan 2007
  4. Don Milligan, Radical Amnesia and the RCP, Reflections of a Renegade, January 8, 2008.
  5. Speakers Battle of Ideas, acc 13 Mar 2011 and is a source of briefing material for Debating Matters.
  6. Mick Hume Debating Matters website, 13 Mar 2011
  7. Speakers' biographies", Communicating the war on terror conference website, 5 June 2003, accessed 16 July 2009
  8. Andy Beckett, Licence to rile, The Guardian, 15 May 1999, accessed 27 April 2010
  9. From the Battle of Ideas Festival 2007: biography (Accessed: 14 May 2008)
  10. http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20071019084210/http://www.riskoffreedom.com/pdf_archive/07brief.pdf
  11. Global Tobacco Networking Forum, Agenda 2010, Global Tobacco Networking Forum, Accessed 02-January-2013