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Marxist populism

Perry Anderson, Britain's most respected Marxist intellectual, has embraced Eurosceptic populism

By Andrew Moravcsik   December 2007

The sad saga of European institutional reform continues. Having initially spun the reform treaty as a “constitution,” many of Europe’s leaders have been obliged to re-spin—telling the public that they have fundamentally revised the document, transforming it into a mere treaty amendment. The Eurosceptics are correct to insist that the document remains largely unchanged. But the deeper truth is that the reforms are modest and pragmatic. Euro-spin has piled up so thick over the past six years, however, that no one believes ministers when they say this.

Even smart guys are confused. Take Perry Anderson, one of the most creative…

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