The Last Post

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Writer, Philosopher, Thinker, Musician, Artist

The Anonymous Revolutionary – Max Edwards, our son – died on 26th March 2016, age 16.

He loved writing this blog and sharing his ideas with you.  In the later months of his life in particular it was a great source of comfort to him.

Thank you all for your support.

Thank you all for making a young revolutionary very happy.

Dan & Jenny x

204 thoughts on “The Last Post

    • This young man really did achieve a lot in life, his life may have been short but he taught us what’s wrong with today politicians.politicans say one thing and do another.its like saying I as a Muslim could apply to be a Christian Bishop, because it’s only a job and in my private life be a Muslim. Many of our so called socialist in the Labour Party who are MPs having no understanding of real poverty , until the Labour Party consists of real working class people , who are not what we call champagne socialists things will not change , the rich will get richer and the poor poorer.We are making a good start with Jeremy as leader of the Labour Party. Can all those labour MPs, Councillors and MEPs who insist on sending his or her children to non state schools please explain how this fits in with being a socialist .Isnt it about time you questioned you so called socialist principals ?

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  1. The world is a poorer place. I was looking forward to Max’s next entry and this is really not the one I was hoping for. Gutted.

    Dan & Jenny, you guys did a fantastic job raising a lovely young man and I’m so sorry you didn’t get to have far more time with him.

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  2. Devastated to hear this from Imelda Danny and Jenny. Myself and my family have you constantly in our thoughts at this most sad time and send you all our love. Big hugs, Ruth (Blaney)

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  3. I am ever so sorry to hear this. I went to school with Max and, although I wasn’t particularly close with him, did work with him in some of my classes. His knowledge and ability was second to none. I send you, Dan, Jenny and family, all my love and prayers.

    Robbie x

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  4. The world needs more people like Max and it is a tragedy that he died so young. Who knows what he would have done and where he would have gone, but we all know he would have carried on making an impact on the people around him and the world at large. I hoped he would be Prime Minister one day……
    It was a privilege to know him. What people reading his blog might not know is that as well as being clever, talented, inquisitive and extraordinary for his age he was also just a lovely, kind and gentle boy.
    With all my love to a very special and very lovely family, I am so desperately sad for your loss. Sarah xx

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  5. Read about this young man’s article in the Guardian last week and I thought it was inspiring. So sorry for your loss. I’m sure the bravery, decency and open minded nature of his writing was a reflection of his family and loved ones.

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  6. I read the article in the Guardian and signed up I read his inspirational articles , my sincere sympathies at this sad time Tony Dublin Ireland

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  8. I’ve only just heard about Max via an article in the Guardian. I wish I could have discovered this blog before today so I could told Max himself was an amazing, talented, brave young man he was. My thoughts are with you xx

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  9. As s fellow athiest, I have always thought that life is all about making connections. In the time he was here, max made many more connections than most. I hope you can hold onto that through the pain. Thinking of you all with much love. Sophie. X

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  10. I was moved by the clarity and integrity of Max’s guardian article to order his book. This website is a great achievement and I am grateful for your son’s existence. So sorry to read this news so soon after learning about Max and his work. My thoughts are with you.

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  11. I just wanted to pass on my condolences. I taught Max for 5 years and he was such a lovely lad. You did a brilliant job in raising such an amazing boy. RIP Max Edwards x

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  12. Max’s spirit will live on in all of us who knew him. Such an immensely beautiful person, as well as so talented in so many ways. This is such a loss to us all. Sending all our love to Jenny, Dan, Esme, Toby and the rest of the family xxxxxxx

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  13. Dan, Jenny, Esme and Toby, I’m sadder than words can say but I’m also so glad to have met the incredible Max, to have his brilliant book, and to know he will live on in his words and in your happy memories. Thinking of you all and wishing you strength. Lucy x

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  14. I saw the obituary in the Guardian for Max and am only just now reading his work. What an amazing young comrade. I first joined the movement around his age and I wish I’d been half as serious as him. We’ll build him the monument he deserves: a world free of hatred, war, and exploitation. Solidarity and love to all his family and comrades, from Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

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  15. Very inspiring fella. The world is poorer today. Really sad to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to his family all the way from Panama. Rip Max – hope to play some blues with you somehow somewhere.

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  16. Seeing photo of Max standing next to the plane, I assumed he had improved recently, so I’m truly shocked when I read the news today. Reading him on the Guardian, I am assured Max is now in peace. My thoughts are with you Dan & Jenny and your familly.

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  17. My deepest condolences. I read Max’s article in the Guardian and was amazed at his remarkable maturity and thoughtfulness. The world could use more Max’s. I’m sorry he’s gone, but you were fortunate to know and love him for that short time.
    VJP, USA

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  18. What a terrible loss to the world, such an amazing person. I was a Marxist at Max’s age, I would have loved to have seen his how his beliefs developed over the next 30 years . .his perspective on his illness was so refreshing, so insightful, and unfortunately far too rare.

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  19. My grandson handed me a copy of Max’s book recently suggesting I might find it interesting. I have found it compelling. A splendid young man with a great gift. I am saddened at the loss of one so young and with so much to offer. My heart is with you both and his siblings.

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  20. So sorry to hear the sad news. Read the article last week. What an inspirational young man. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

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  21. What a super young man, I have enjoyed reading his posts immensely. Loves and hugs to you all, and may you have peace whilst going through your grieving process. I’m sure he’ll be missed by all xx

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  22. I only discovered this blog a few days ago after reading his Guardian article and have now heard the very sad news. Max seemed like a smashing lad, full of ideas and the world feels a poorer place with out him. RIP Max.

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  23. What an amazing young man. Thinking of you this Sunday evening. I had some friends pass away when I was in my late teens (I am now 29) and it is horribly sad. Hope you can stay strong by speaking to his friends and all who knew him. x

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  24. I read the Guardian article too, and have ordered Max’s book. So sorry to hear this very sad news, what an amazing, talented and inspirational young man.

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  25. Posted a response elsewhere, Dan and Jenny. So sorry for your loss – your boy was an inspiration, an old soul. Thinking of you and your family xxx

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      • No. Marxism is fucked up. Look at all the millions worldwide who have died at the hands of the Communists. And just how long did Marxist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe remain once the heavy hand of the Soviet Union was gone? If Max had grown up in Eastern Europe or the Baltics he would never have wasted a minute studying such a failed political and economic system. This poor, well-meaning boy’s life was a waste. And the millions who died at the hands of Communist secret police, in Communist labor camps, and in Communist man-made famines stand as mute witness to Max’s utter naivete.

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      • and capitalism never killed anyone, I suppose? There’s a time a place, telling someone there’s dead sons life was a waste shows you up, best keep your opinions to yourself, shame on you,

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    • Thus you prove the point that all Marxists make–that it’s a lack of compassion for one’s fellow, a misunderstanding of the social contract, and a selfish disregard for human life that fuels conservative, anti-collectivist thought. To take the time to post here, to celebrate the passing of a young, passionate thinking person merely proves this point. I am sorry for you in your lonely bitterness. Enjoy your fascist overlords, for one day they will come for you.

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    • If you had known this lovely boy, whose talents were many,you would, whatever your political opinions, be ashamed to death of yourself, but Max will live on and reach thousands for years to come.

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  26. Such sad news, over the months I have really come to enjoy Max’s blog and following his lines of thought. It was easy to forget that he was fighting a formidable battle such was his positivity and focus. I wish your family every comfort at this time and thank-you for allowing us to glimpse Max’s unselfish sense of service to other people. So sorry for your lossxxx

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  27. Your son was incredibly intelligent, self-aware and expressive of his ideas. From his writing I’d never have guessed he was so young. The world has lost a great mind, but not his great words.

    Wishing his family the very best in this difficult time.

    -Mark

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  28. Im a mexican marxist. I ve read this sad article on your son Max. However you have to be very proud about him because socialism inspires on the most loyal and pure feelings about humanity… To me his blog reflects how smart and noble he was…. Hugs… Mexico city

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  29. I stop by at this site each week to see if there is a new post. This was one I hoped against hope would not be there, but there it is. I am 63, closer to my grave than to my cradle. To lose someone like Max is such a tragedy, but he touched so many people including me. His ideas, his fighting spirit, have planted good seeds in my heart and mind. I don’t think Marxism is as dead as some say, but that as long as there’s a spark that cannot accept injustice or inequality, the spirit of revolution, in the heart, in the mind, for the world lives on. Max will be honored as a fellow traveler on the way. He saw ahead for what could be, should be, and for this old codger, what he saw gives hope. Thank you Max for the gift of yourself to all of us. Thank you Max’s parents, you raised him right. He lived and thought and died on his own terms. Not many of us can say that for ourselves. You did right. Max did right.

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  30. What good parents you are to have brought up such a strong and self-assured boy. What a wonderful gift he was to those of us who read his blog. My deepest condolences.

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  31. I am so sorry for your loss and deeply grieved to hear that this brilliant, lovely young man is no longer with us. Max had something very important to communicate, on a political and personal level, and he did it beautifully, with a stunning command of his thoughts. His writings will continue to enlighten and inspire. Thank you, Max, and thank you, Max’s parents.

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