The Radiant Tomorrow

Historian Eric Hobsbawm has died at age 95. Michael Ignatieff once asked him about why he stuck with Marxism, alleigance to the USSR, and membership of the Communist Party of GB as long as possible.

Ignatieff: What that comes down to is saying that had the radiant tomorrow actually been created [in the USSR], the loss of fifteen, twenty million people might have been justified?
Hobsbawm: Yes.

Indeed, some violence can be justified. But, fifteen or twenty million would need a mountain of justification. It is pure utopianism to entertain the idea that a radiant tomorrow might ever be so radiant as to be worth so many millions of lives.


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