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Joe’s Legacy


Here’s the Daily Telegraph on Stalin’s legacy. British ‘historian’ Eric Hobsbawn
makes his traditional inglorious appearance:

“In his widely praised Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991, the historian Eric Hobsbawm denies that Stalin’s Soviet Union was totalitarian and compares it with America, concluding that “the second was probably the more dangerous.”"

It speaks volumes about the state of academic life that Hobsbawm was awarded a honorary degree by the University of Pennsylvania last year. The citation described him as somebody “generally considered to be the most influential historian alive”, a claim no less absurd than their praise for his “profound erudition and cosmopolitanism, piercing insight, and…limpid, elegant prose.”

“Limpid?” Grotesque would be a better word.


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