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Eric Hobsbawm: A believer in the
Red utopia to the very end

Telegraph [UK], by Michael Burleigh

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 10/1/2012 5:34:35 PM

The grotesque facts never got in the way of Eric Hobsbawm’s devotion to communism. A few decades ago I almost had a conversation with Eric Hobsbawm, the Marxist historian who died yesterday aged 95. We were sitting in neighbouring chairs in a Cypriot barber’s in London’s Charlotte Street. The barber spoke of our common profession, but neither of us took the innocent prompt any further. Nor did we exchange a word a decade later at a dinner following a public lecture by Niall Ferguson, though we were at the same table, and Mrs Hobsbawm seemed chatty enough.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SteelTurman, 10/1/2012 5:44:06 PM     (No. 8902830)

I think this should be a 'must read'.

It says a lot about the entrenched Left on both sides of the pond ...

... and explains how they can be so dissonant in their incoherent resonance.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: fayebeck, 10/1/2012 5:44:17 PM     (No. 8902831)

No communist "intellectual" ever "enriched" anything. Too bad these intellectual thugs die of old age.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 10/1/2012 6:20:02 PM     (No. 8902870)

Human lives are unimportant to these people, it's the goal that matters. You see that in Obama and his ilk.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Muggins, 10/1/2012 6:23:56 PM     (No. 8902872)

I have a different view of Communism than Hobsbawm. If I could go back in time to stop the one man responsible for the most misery, starvation and death in the history of mankind, I would jump into my H. G. Wells Time Machine (or Mr. Peabody Wayback Machine), and set the clock to 1844, Paris, France. Once there, I would look up Karl Marx and deal with him exactly how Vito Corleone dealt with the Black Hand, at close range, at his front door.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/1/2012 6:25:58 PM     (No. 8902875)

The commies live in an alternate universe.

No amount of evidence has any effect.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: SteelTurman, 10/1/2012 6:39:22 PM     (No. 8902891)

Commies are dark matter!

There, I have solved it all.

Free everything for everybody!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 10/1/2012 7:05:00 PM     (No. 8902927)

Chek out his biography, then you will understand this typical upper crust lowlife. In a way he reminds me of Nobama.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/1/2012 7:25:15 PM     (No. 8902962)

In order to maintain adherence to communist/socialist ideology, such believers must maintain a profound mendacity. They live lives of deception, of SELF-deception, of lies.

For this reason it is very hard to have a real HONEST debate with them.

When the truth about the communist regimes became exposed, those True Believers in the West simply could not accept reality. They had to explain away the tens of millions of people who'd been so brutally murdered, and the utter failure of the regimes.

Thus came Revisionist History.

They can not abide the truth. They have no sound morality. EVERYTHING is relative, relative to their Ends.

Andre Gide, whose eyes were opened: "No question of Party loyalty can restrain me from speaking frankly for I place truth above the Party. I know well that in Marxist doctrine there is no such thing as truth--at least not in any absolute sense--there is only relative truth." from the great collection of essays, The God that Failed, ed. Richard Crossman

** "PLACE THE TRUTH" above all else" **

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Reply 9 - Posted by: choey, 10/1/2012 8:34:06 PM     (No. 8903087)

I've found it interesting that all the "red utopia" true believers always seem to live anywhere but a communist utopia.

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