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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Eric Hobsbawm on the crisis

Is the intellectual opinion of capitalism changing? British Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, "arguably our greatest living historian" according to the New York Review, discusses the current economic crisis and the problems with a free market economy on the Today programme.

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At 8:40 pm, Blogger Culture Vulture said...

Thanks for blogging.

 
At 7:28 pm, Blogger FraVernero said...

Nice one. Loved to listen to Mr. Hobsbawm (probably the individual historian of whom I've read the greatest number of books).

Still, I see him as quite skeptical about the crisis (like almost the totallity of the left intelligentsia, including Chomsky). Looks like it's the Capitalists who are re-reading Marx, not us. 20 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, it seems like the left is still incapable of assuming or formulating any kind of discourse on alternatives to Capitalist forms of exploitation and economic organization. And we'll have to pay dearly for the lack of alternatives during and (more so) after the crisis passes, sooner or later, with a capitalist temporal solution for it (probably some return to a keynesian model).

 

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