to the current incarnation of The Voice of the Turtle!
What is The Voice of
The Voice of the Turtle
is an online journal of left-wing politics and culture.
Its Editors are scattered
across the face of the globe, in San Francisco, California and Ithaca,
New York; Oxford, England and Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England,
and -- from time to time -- Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Turtle edits and publishes
material as it comes in to our shifting Headquarters. In most of the
months of the year, a Monthly Missive informs those who subscribe
to the Turtle's email list of the latest developments on the site.
Although extremely opinionated,
the Turtle aspires to be eclectic and non-sectarian in outlook. We would
rather see a hundred flowers of criticism and discussion bloom than
assert and defend a monolithic party line. The Turtle has no formal
ties or associations with any political organisation, though our interest
in and general sympathy for movements like the People's Global Action
and The Cobbler newspaper in upstate New York, with which we
frequently share material, is apparent.
The Contributors to the Turtle
are therefore a diverse bunch. They range from a smattering of Blairistas
on our Right wing to some Trotskyist militants on our Left, with an
assortment of social-democrats, greens, socialists, feminists, anarchists,
anti-globalisation activists, musicians, drunkards and poets along the
way. Some have jobs for which they should feel more ashamed than they
do; others are quite unemployable. They are all equally welcome in these
pages, and we hope they feel at home here.
All contributions are voluntary.
The Turtle tries to live outside the cash economy as much as is possible,
and is neither willing nor able to pay our contributors for the articles
published. We are therefore enormously grateful for the time and energy
the Friends of the Turtle have put into the site over the years, and
extend our thanks to them once again here.
of the Turtle
The Turtle was founded in
Oxford University in 1993 by Ben Fender, and enjoyed a haphazard existence
for two years as an irregularly-published series of six little red books,
memorialised in the Turtle's Graveyard.
Briefly defunct from 1995-1998
after the writers and editors had mostly graduated, the Turtle was revived,
resusciated, and relaunched onto the Worldwide Web in the Summer of
1998. A Re-founding Manifesto
was issued to guide our activity, which remains a surprisingly accurate
statement of what we are still trying to do almost four years later,
now that the site contains well over 1,500 files.
Since then, progress has
been sustained. We began issuing our Monthly Bulletins in October 1998;
the Dictionary of the Turtle made
its debut in November. March 1999 saw our Great Leap Forward, when the
site embraced a new design and the Reviews
of the Turtle section was created, a section that was greatly expanded
with our subsequent Summer and Autumn Books Supplements of the same
year. February 2000 saw the launch of the Library of the Turtle; our French
Revolutionary Calendar was installed in April, when the Turtle found
a new home on much more reliable computers; the editorial collective
was greatly expanded over the Summer, with the appointment of several
enthusiastic Commissars to oversee some of the most significant Parts
of the Turtle; and November saw the implementation of the Turtle's October
Revolution, the introduction of a neat little applet-menu system to
make site organisation easier, together with the new Lifestyle of the
Turtle section and our impressive Search facilities. The latest turn
of the technological screw is automated content management behind-the-scenes
gimmicks, installed in 2002.
Who is most
heavily implicated in The Voice of the Turtle?
The Turtle's Editorial Politburo
currently boasts two Co-Editors -- it is believed that the "Co-"
is a shortened form of "Comrade" -- who are ably assisted
by four Commissars, each with their own specialist areas of (ir)responsibility.
They can be contacted at
Francisco, Rome and Oxford
and Theatre Commissar
for South Asian Affairs
American Literary Commissar
In addition to the Editorial Staff, the Turtle boasts its magnificent
cohort of Stakhanovites of the Month,
and our many other friends and allies.
What can I do to help The
Voice of the Turtle?
The Turtle is not able to
pay its contributors for their fine work, and so remains entirely dependent
on the freely-given labour of those who wish us well.
There are many ways in which
anyone can help the Turtle wage its ceaseless struggle for the total
domination of cyberspace, many of them not particularly arduous, and
we describe some of them on this page.