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Workers of the world must unite, says the former Labour cabinet minister—but not for the reasons that Marx or Engels believed they should

In January, the world’s pre-eminent living Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, publishes a new book, How to Change the World (Little, Brown). It’s a collection of old essays striving to make two new points: that capitalism is as much in crisis as communism; and that (therefore) Marx and Engels merit re-examination. He is wrong on the first point, but right about the second. And this is not just a historical curiosity, but central to political debate on the…

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