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Third-Rate Communist Historian Dies. Liberal Media Fawn.

Written by Gary North on October 3, 2012

Eric Hobsbawm died on October 1. He was a hack. In researching my book on Marx in the mid-1960s, I came across his writings repeatedly. He was so obviously a hack that I was amazed at how much favorable attention he got from academia.

There have been first-rate Marxist historians. Christopher Hill was gifted, an expert in the English Civil War. E. P. Thompson was another. (Thompson quit the Communist Party in 1956 as a protest to the Soviet invasion of Hungary.) But Hobsbawm was far more widely known in intellectual circles.

The British Daily Mail did a rip-roaring obituary of Hobsbawm. There was none of the fawning that the major papers displayed.

One of the marks of a third-rate intellectual class is its inability to distinguish solid academic work from propaganda, and even third-rate propaganda. The cheers for Hobsbawm in the obituaries indicate that the British Establishment has no judgment. It is therefore much less of a threat than conservatives think.

On Monday evening, the BBC altered its programme schedule to broadcast an hour-long tribute to an old man who had died aged 95, with fawning contributions from the likes of historian Simon Schama and Labour peer Melvyn Bragg.

The next day, the Left-leaning Guardian filled not only the front page and the whole of an inside page but also devoted almost its entire G2 Supplement to the news. The Times devoted a leading article to the death, and a two-page obituary.

You might imagine, given all this coverage and the fact that Tony Blair and Ed Miliband also went out of their way to pay tribute, that the nation was in mourning. . . .

Hobsbawm came to Britain as a refugee from Hitler’s Europe before the war, but, as he said himself, he wished only to mix with intellectuals. ‘I refused all contact with the suburban petit bourgeoisie which I naturally regarded with contempt.’ Naturally.. . .

Eric Hobsbawm took part in one of the most extraordinary conversations ever on British television. Speaking in 1994 to the author Michael Ignatieff about the fall of the Berlin Wall five years earlier, the historian was asked how he felt about his earlier support for the Soviet Union.

If Communism had achieved its aims, but at the cost of, say, 15 to 20 million people – as opposed to the 100million it actually killed in Russia and China – would Hobsbawm have supported it? His answer was a single word: ‘Yes’. . . .

Just imagine what would happen if some crazed Right-winger were to appear on BBC and say that the Nazis had been justified in killing six million Jews in order to achieve their aims. We should be horrified, and consider that such a person should never be allowed to speak in public again – or at least until he retracted his repellent views and admitted that he had been culpably, basely, wrong.

Yet the awful thing about the phenomenon of Eric Hobsbawm is that the exact opposite to this is what happened.

He was awarded a Companion of Honour by Tony Blair – one of the highest accolades it is possible to bestow upon a British intellectual. A professor of history, he was regularly lionised on the BBC and in the liberal newspapers as our ‘greatest’ historian.

It is true he modified his hard-line support for Stalin and his death-camps as the years went by. The elderly Hobsbawm was not the same person who, in 1939, co-wrote a pamphlet defending not only Stalin but Hitler, too – and justifying the Nazi-Soviet pact to carve up Poland and dominate Eastern Europe. . . .

What is disgraceful about the life of Hobsbawm is not so much that he believed this poisonous codswallop, and propagated it in his lousy books, but that such a huge swathe of our country’s intelligentsia – the supposedly respectable media and chattering classes – bowed down before him and made him their guru. Made him our ‘greatest historian’.

Read the entire obituary. This is the kind of obituary that defenders of totalitarianism deserve.

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7 thoughts on “Third-Rate Communist Historian Dies. Liberal Media Fawn.

  1. Seeing how propagandists like Hobsbawm — who make careers out of despising ordinary folk — are fawned over by the establishment pundits you begin to understand why, during proletarian revolutions, the first group to be lined up against a wall and mowed down are always the "intelligentsia", the intellectual snobs who look down on the humble people who make their exalted lifestyle possible.

  2. Got what we all get, dead.

  3. Reading this makes me realize that they are describing the whole of Washington DC and the Representatives We the People have chosen to be our business. The hundreds of people We the People did vote for to go to Washington DC and the State's Capitols to do the country's business most of them are nothing more than con men and woman that is ripping We the People off every day. These people would not know what a days work means because they have never done a days work for the massive Salary's they receive each month plus all of the perks the tax payers are forced to pay for. Even worse is that they start there first days work by starting there fortunes they will get over whatever time they are in the Government and the first lesson is how to began insider trading that the law makers passed a law for all of us to obey but has made themselves immune from being prosecuted for the same crime. This is jest the beginning of there careers in building there personal fortunes at the tax payers expense.

  4. After Carly Fiorina nearly drove Hewlett-Packard into the ground from mismanagement, she was being seriously vetted to run for the US Senate as a Republican. It's almost a job requirement for political office that you fail in private enterprise or bankrupt a viable business first!

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  6. Another promoter of torture, mass murder, and totalitarianism is dead. Good riddance.

    Sorry but am I supposed to feel sorry for this promoter of evil?

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