• Far Left,  Far Right,  History

    The neo-Bolsheviks: Corbyn and the alt-Right

    Anne Applebaum, one of the leading historians of the horrors of Soviet Communism, writes on the 100th anniversary of the “Great October Revolution” (which, she notes, was not great, was not in October and was not a revolution): History repeats itself and so do ideas, but never in exactly the same way. Bolshevik thinking in 2017 does not sound exactly the way it sounded in 1917. There are, it is true, still a few Marxists around. In Spain and Greece they have formed powerful political parties, though in Spain they have yet to win power and in Greece they have been forced by the realities of international markets, to quietly…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Genocide,  Ken Livingstone

    Tony Greenstein’s Sleight of Hand

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor Not long ago, Fathom published my refutation of Ken Livingstone’s antisemitic guru, Lenni Brenner. Tony Greenstein, a founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, has twice jumped to Brenner’s defence. His first reply to me can be read here and my rejoinder here. Greenstein has come back for more with an extremely long-winded blog post here. My second rejoinder to him is now available here. From the introduction: In his latest interminable response to me, he invokes Moshe Menuhin, a regular contributor to the neo-Nazi press in Germany; the “Information Bulletin” of the Soviet-controlled Israeli Communist Party; and a long-defunct journal published by a group expelled from…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Ken Livingstone

    Tony Greenstein’s House of Cards

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor A few days ago, Fathom published my detailed exposé of the deceitful methods and antisemitic views of Ken Livingstone’s guru, Lenni Brenner. Tony Greenstein has come to Brenner’s defence. His hysterical reply to me can be read here. My rejoinder is now available here. From the introduction: Tony Greenstein is in a state of panic. This is easily judged from the tone of his reply to my recent paper on Lenni Brenner. Calling me “pathologically demonic,” “rabid,” and so on, while reinforcing his insults with a litany of personal smears – all invented – Greenstein fails to answer even one of my claims…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Labour Party,  Regressive Left

    Ken Livingstone, Lenni Brenner, and Falsified Evidence

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor Attempting to defend his recent outbursts, Ken Livingstone has invoked Lenni Brenner’s book Zionism in the Age of the Dictators. Livingstone explains: The shocking thing about his book was that he revealed that not only Hitler had wanted to move all of Germany’s Jews to Israel, but that the Zionist leadership continued a dialogue privately with Hitler from ’33 when he became Chancellor from [sic] 1940-41… Lenni’s book shows a shared common belief between the Nazis and the Zionists in preserving their race from interracial marriage and things like that. They wanted to preserve their ethnic purity and that’s why they had…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Labour Party

    Ken Livingstone, Lenni Brenner, and Historical Distortions: A Case Study

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor Ken Livingstone thinks that Lenni Brenner, an American Trotskyist, is the definitive source on everything to do with Zionism. He has believed this for decades. And in all that time, it never occurred to Livingstone to check Brenner’s “facts” and sources. Below is an example of Brenner’s methods as a “historian.” Reproduced is a passage from Brenner’s Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, the Bible of Livingstone’s anti-Zionism. Almost every factual statement in the quoted passage is false or misleading. The heading under which this passage appears is “The Zionist Alliance With Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe” [1]. As an example of…

  • antisemitism,  Far Left,  Labour Party,  Regressive Left

    Who is Lenni Brenner?

    This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor Interviewed about his suspension from the Labour Party, Ken Livingstone made this comment: Everything I said yesterday [about Hitler being a Zionist] was true and I will be presenting the academic book about that to the Labour Party inquiry. The book, it turns out, is the notorious tract Zionism in the Age of the Dictators by Lenni Brenner. Brenner is a lifelong Trotskyist activist and propagandist. An acquaintance from the 1960s described him as a non-student “Marxist agitator” who would stand near the Bancroft strip and rail about the Pope, the Bay of Pigs, and marijuana, indifferent to the fact that most passersby thought…