On Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) may well have been a great historian, but we should also not forget that he was a moral midget or, in Jeff Jacoby’s words, a “dogmatic leftist creep.” A lifelong member of the Communist Party and apologist for Soviet oppression, Hobsbawm maintained that a Communist revolution would be worth the sacrifice of 15 to 20 million lives. This is something else worth remembering about the man.