|Hobsbawm: Still on the student reading list?|
He certainly was a good writer and his breadth of knowledge of the history of the twentieth century was scintillating.
None of us, as politics or history students, ever knew that Hobsbawm's views were as extreme as the century of which he wrote.
Nobody told me that Hobsbawm defended the murderous ideology of communism to the point to which he believed that millions of deaths would be 'worth it' if the new age of utopian brotherhood and sisterhood of communism would have succeeded.
There really does seem to be a moral blindspot for those on the left of the political spectrum to see the terrible errors of those who have placed their Marxist cities on a hill for the World to see.
Just about the best analysis of Hobsbawm I have seen thus far has come from a Telegraph writer who tries to understand why it is that, despite its huge death toll, the left refuse to see or to acknowledge the evil produced by its own adherents down the last century.