• Marxism

    On Norman Geras’s ‘Our Morals: The Ethics of Revolution’

    Norman Geras and Alan Johnson launching The Euston Manifesto, 2006. A friend has assigned one of Norman Geras’s essays (Our Morals: The Ethics of Revolution) for his undergraduate course, and as a consequence all the students have to fill in a special form, in accordance with the university’s implementation of the Government’s ‘Prevent’ policy. – Tweet by Cambridge University academic Chris Brooke on 6 November 2018. Alan Johnson is the author of ‘On Geras’s Marxism’ in The Norman Geras Reader, edited by Ben Cohen and Eve Garrard, Manchester University Press, 2017. In this post he argues that it is well worth using the occasion of Prevent’s intervention to encourage people…

  • LGBT Rights,  Marxism,  The Left

    There is no Return from this Madness

    British universities are lost. There can be no return from this madness. Successive generations of students have been indoctrinated by Marxists with little or no challenge from Liberals, so it has come to this. Read The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn if you have the time. Read this briefer, but considered and detailed essay published by Index on Censorship a generation ago, coincidentally at the start of the final push by Lesbian and Gay activists for equal rights. Here’s an extract: On 23 May 1934, Pravda and Izvestiya published an article by Gorky declaiming, in language reminiscent of a political trial, that homosexuality was the result of pernicious influences from the Western bourgeoisie…

  • Marxism,  Terrorism

    In defense of being a Marxist

    Those who use the word Marxist as an epithet, and believe no decent person could be a Marxist, need to contend with the inconvenient example of Norm Geras– an eminently thoughtful man (the opposite of what Orwell called “the gramophone mind”), a passionate believer in liberal democracy and human rights, an anti-totalitarian and a self-styled Marxist. My sense is that many of these people confuse Marxism with Leninism. Marx, of course, was unaware of Lenin’s existence, and died when young Vladimir Ilyich was all of 12 years old. Marx can be blamed for a number of things– including his antisemitism and the phrase “dictatorship of the proletariat”– but not for…