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Eric Hobsbawm excused Stalin’s genocide, but was hero of the BBC and Guardian. Go figure.


The following was published by A N Wilson at the DAILY MAIL

Eric Hobsbawm described himself as an ‘unrepentant communist’ and was a towering figure on British Left for decades

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. 

Yet I do not believe that more than one in 10,000 people in this country had so much as heard of Eric Hobsbawm, the fashionable Hampstead Marxist who was the cause of all this attention.

He had, after all, been open in his disdain for ordinary mortals. 

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.

If the name Hobsbawm rings a bell at all, people might recollect that it was also the name of Julia Hobsbawm, a PR expert who, in collaboration with the future Mrs Gordon Brown, was one of the spin doctors who sold New Labour to this country.

There is a world of difference between the ideology of Julia’s sleek, modern New Labour ideas and her father’s hard-nosed Stalinism, but one of the things they had in common was contempt for ‘ordinary people’.

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  1. “Eric Hobsbawm excused Stalin’s genocide, but was hero of the BBC and Guardian. Go figure.”

    What’s to figure? These two organisations have not just lost, but reversed the moral compass. They inhabit a universe which is the opposite of decent, normal people. What’s good in our eyes is obnoxious in theirs. What’s unacceptable to our eyes is meat and drink to them.

    So a perverted philosopher and historian like Hobsbawm was an automatic hero figure.

  2. Hobsbawn is an interesting contrast to the Israeli historians whose reverence for the unvarnished truth is so great that they damage their own country in pursuit of it. The old gargoyle clung on to his ugly beliefs without the necessary rethinking that changes in society and the release of classified information cause in real scholars. He was a museum of ossified concepts by all accounts.

    I am happy to admit that I escaped reading him.

  3. A.N. Wilson is not a serious historian compared to Hobsbawm. His Daily Mail critique carefully omits to mention Hobsbawm’s colourful Jewish origins.
    I wonder how Wilson managed it in his biography of Jesus.

    • More to the point, A N Wilson has no business taking the moral high ground.
      He was spectacularly caught out plagiarising a biography and then trashing the original work an author had spent 15 years of his life on, in a literary review.

      He is also a vile anti-semite who has paraded his disdain for Jews in several poisonous articles he wrote about Israel which appeared in the past in the London Evening Standard…. I still have one somewhere.

      He’s also a big snob, so although I don’t shed tears for Hobsbawm, one could say about Wilson that it takes (a lesser) one to know one.

    • A.N. Wilson is not a serious historian compared to Hobsbawm.

      Why not? He didn’t endorse massmurderer dictators and ideologies?

      His Daily Mail critique carefully omits to mention Hobsbawm’s colourful Jewish origins.

      Hobsbawm’s ethnic origin has nothing to do with his ideology. You know dear visitor when somebody writes an article about the music of Piotr Tchaikovsky probably would avoid to mention his colorful sexual affinities because it has nothing to do with his music.

        • No visitor you missed the point. The subject of this article (and my post) is not the quality of Wilson’s contribution but the shameful apology by the so called left (incl the wannabe premier of the UK Ed Milliband) for a despicable supporter of massmurderes like Hobsbawm.

  4. Eric Hobsbawm is still listed as a signatory to the Israel-hating declaration of the moribund organisation “Independent Jewish Voices.” Possibly these Jewish turkeys voting for Xmas feel the need to bump up their tiny membership numbers with ghosts, since Xmas has at last arrived for Eric.

  5. Pot calling the kettle black!
    That is about the only printable phrase I can think of to describe the gross hypocrisy of anyone writing in the “Daily Mail” and criticising their sympathies for dictatorial regimes in the 1930’s.

    For those of you outside of the U.K., or are unaware of the “Daily Mail’s” Fascist sympathies in the 1930s

    “Lord Rothermere was a friend of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, and directed the Mail’s editorial stance towards them in the 1930s.[30][31] Rothermere’s 1933 leader “Youth Triumphant” praised the new Nazi regime’s accomplishments, and was subsequently used as propaganda by them.[32] In it, Rothermere predicted that “The minor misdeeds of individual Nazis would be submerged by the immense benefits the new regime is already bestowing upon Germany”. “

  6. I’m looking forward to hear about any Western supporter of mass murderer genocidal dictators who is not a hero of the Guardian.

    • I fear you will be in for a long wait when it comes to reality, Western supporters of mass murderers and genocidal rulers who are not hero’s of Al-Guardian

  7. Reading about Hobsbawm makes one realize where little Hobsbawms like the Guardian’s Seamus Milne come from.

    Perhaps as his influence recedes, the brainwashing of generations of Milnes and Rusbrigers about the glory that was the USSR will come to an end.

    A long, long time ago, an aunt of mine returned from a visit to the USSR to visit relatives of her husband’s still trapped there. She came back reporting on the empty stores, the long lines, the misery, the fear of being arrested, and it all sounded incredible. But it was all true, and if the CIA and others had only been as smart as my aunt they would have predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and the understood that the numbers put out for production, military power, etc. were totally fake.

    Or, if Hobsbawm had been as smart and as honest as my aunt, he might have been remembered as a great historian rather than an old deluded fool.

    • The little Hobsbawms include Seumas’s father, Alasdair, Director-General of the BBC from 1982 to 1987. That was at the height of the late Sir Jimmy Saville’s child abuse, just exposed. Alasdair did nothing about it.

    • Or, if Hobsbawm had been as smart and as honest as my aunt, he might have been remembered as a great historian rather than an old deluded fool.

      Thing is that he was a young deluded fool too.

      A typical ‘Guardian Jew’. Anti West, anti Jewish and anti Israel.

  8. The term ‘arm chair socialist’ did not fall from the sky. Had the British, and many other West European socialists/Marxists looked across the Berlin Wall or maybe had visited the eastern bloc their mental onanisism would have been cut short. It’s one thing sitting in a deep arm chair in Hamstead with some scones at the fire place. It is another looking at an armed East German border guard through barbed wire and across a tall grey wall.
    The callousness with which the EU Left disregarded Soviet reality never ceases to amaze. All of this 23 years after the Wall nearly to the day! And with the archives and their inhumane content being opened and put into perspective by less politicised historians. Marxism did not only murder many millions during the war and Stalin’s time but went on to uproot and destroy entire sections of central European society. Cultures which had been in place for hundreds of years.
    The traumatised biographies of too many Europeans who wasted away under Hobsbawm’s ilk will remind us. All we need to do is listen to their stories. As my Russian Jewish friends share their family stories….

    On a side note, the Soviets trained and instrumentalized Arab Nationalism. Not for the sake of the Arabs but to screw the Jews and freedom.

    • On a side note, the Soviets trained and instrumentalized Arab Nationalism. Not for the sake of the Arabs but to screw the Jews and freedom.

      While I agree with the rest of your comment the above is wrong.

      The Soviets trained and instrumentalized Arab Nationalism. Not for the sake of the Arabs but to screw the WEST.

    • the Soviets trained and instrumentalized Arab Nationalism. Not for the sake of the Arabs but to screw the Jews and freedom.

      Delusional nonsense. Gets the full thumbs up here BTL, though!

      They’re all out to get the Jews!

      • Pretzl,
        Go to the Jewish library in Fasanenstreet in Berlin and head for the political and historical section in the cellar. Ask the librarians for a membership and start reading about Hebrew history before you out yourself repeatedly as someone who is very limited when it comes to the nuances of Hebrew history. I believe the German word is Halbbildung.

  9. Btw,
    The result of the former Soviet-Arab connection can now be witnessed in Syria. Syria always having been a client state is know paying huge dividends in the form of arms shipments ($1billion +). Russia’s position is partly to blame for the death of around 25000.
    Many Syrians while studying in the USSR married Russians and so Putin is left worrying about many thousands of Russians citizens and their children who live in Syria. The Moscow/Damascus connection is not only based on weapons but runs through veins and so has an emotional dimension.
    I am sure Hobsbawm could have said a thing or two about this glorious dynamic. Similar to the Moscow/Hampstead connection. This was based less on bodily fluids but mental onanism.