Saturday, January 1, 2011

From "Old Left" to "New Labour"

Eric Hobsbawm and the Rhetoric of “Realistic Marxism”

Herbert Pimlott
Labour/Le Travail
#56 (Fall 2005), 175-97

The cover story of Eric Hobsbawm's interview with Tony Benn was part of Marxism Today's intervention into the debates over the direction of the Labour Party. Under the editorship of Martin Jacques, Marxism Today became both a forum for debates about the direction of the Left and the vehicle for the promotion and dissemination of "realistic Marxism." Eric Hobsbawm's contributions were the most frequently reprinted of all contributions from the CPGB's "theoretical and discussion journal" in the UK broadsheet press. Photo by Media Technology Resources, Wilfrid Laurier University.

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