Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Damn your eyes! I'll take no lessons from you, sir!

Eric Hobsbawm bangs on yet again in the Grauniad about how the spread of liberal democarcy is the last of the "utopian projects".

In many ways I should agree with him. But the flagrant hypocrisy surrounding the fact that Hobsbawm's comments are spilling from the mouth of a man who is an unrepentant admirer of Stalin and who has argued and continues to argue that the gulag and the deaths of the many millions of people who popped off therein would have been perfectly justifiable in pursuit of an ever-peaceful, egalitarian socialist wonderland turns my stomach.

And yet this man is broadly viewed as a national treasure, his ramblings endorsed by the editorial staff of a national broadsheet newspaper. I imagine it is only a matter of time before he is subjected to a vomit-inducingly sycophantic and uncritical interview by Kirsty Wark on BBC4.

I'm not a financial expert, but I'd strongly suggest readers hurry to buy shares in whichever company has cornered the market in crazy pills.

1 Comments:

Blogger Mike Green said...

I knew that Hobsbawm was an unrepentant socialist, but for an intellectual of his generation (i.e., who came politically of age during the Spanish Civil War-era), that's not really surprising.

But nothing I've read of him would suggest he was an "unrepentant admirer of Stalin ...who continues to argue that the gulag and the deaths of the many millions of people who popped off therein would have been perfectly justifiable in pursuit of an ever-peaceful, egalitarian socialist wonderland..."

If this is indeed the case, then I guess I have been taking crazy pills, and it would call for a dramatic reappraisal of Hobsbawm on my part. Could you point me in the direction of some writings where he's said that stuff? Thanks.

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