Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Leading Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm leaves 1.8million estate in his will
Daily Mail ^ | 01/14/2014 | John Stevens

Posted on 01/12/2014 7:26:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Leading Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm left more than £1.8million in his will, it has been revealed.

Hobsbawm, who died aged 95 in October 2012, was one of Britain’s most eminent historians, but he was widely criticised for his defence of communist regimes.

He was accused of being an apologist for the totalitarian evils of Soviet communism and labelled a ‘useful idiot’.

According to records held at the Brighton probate office, Hobsbawm – who joined the Communist Party at 14 and once described himself as an ‘unrepentant communist’ – left an estate with assets totalling £1,835,341.

The bulk is to be held in trust, with the income going to his second wife Marlene. The couple were married for 50 years.

Hobsbawm left the capital of the trust to the University of Warwick and his two children from his second marriage – digital entrepreneur Andy, 50, and PR guru Julia.

His son Joshua Bennathan, 55, who was born from an affair with Marion Bennathan that took place between his first and second marriage was left just £3,000.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: communism; erichobsbawm; marxism

1 posted on 01/12/2014 7:26:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Well, 1.8 Million Pounds is about 2.88 Million dollars in today’s exchange rate.

Decent, but not super rich.

But then if he were a real Marxist, he’d want to give it to the government.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 7:27:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Another hypocritical b*tch ass Marxist. Do what I say not what I do.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 7:32:09 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Distribute it evenly to every peasant on the street at high noon on the anniversary of this socialist’s death.

Not a Thrupence to the widow. The state shall provide.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 7:34:18 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

When is this world going to start treating Marxists the same as Nazis? Marxism - 100 million deaths. Nazism - 25 million. Yet Marxists are regularly voted into office, that’s just mind blowing to me. I mean what is the rational here? “Oh 100 million is not as bad as 25 million”?


5 posted on 01/12/2014 7:35:54 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Marxists are filthy hypocrites. They keep their money and refuse to give it to the collectivity, which can then redistribute it to the have-nots.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 7:37:14 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Long Live the Peoples Revolution!!


7 posted on 01/12/2014 7:40:02 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: I want the USA back; SeekAndFind

Well, Marxist “thinkers” and government members are the animals that are more equal than others. That’s how Obama got himself and the missus a $4,000,000 vacation in Hawaii - heck, that’s twice Hobsbawm’s estate. Guess Eric wasn’t trying hard enough.


8 posted on 01/12/2014 7:44:35 AM PST by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Some are MORE EQUAL than others....


9 posted on 01/12/2014 7:51:57 AM PST by Shady (We will not comply. We are Free, We Are AMERICANS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Some animals are more equal than others.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 8:03:55 AM PST by fso301
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Reminds me of my grand uncle. A spaniard, and another one of those "unrepentant" communists. Kicked out of Spain by Franco, and fled for Cuba during the civil war. Subsequently kicked out of Cuba by Castro, and fled to in Mexico City. The man would lecture me for hours on the virtues of communism, from the comfort of his plush leather chair, while surrounded by tapestry and fine art within his richly appointed library. Pausing occasionally, he would bark commands to his servants to "Bring us coffee! Bring cigars and brandy!...Be quick about it.!" Tell the chauffeur to bring the car around for my nephew!"

"You extol the virtues of communism because you have never been force to live under it." - Alexandr Solzshenitsyn.
11 posted on 01/12/2014 8:18:34 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Hes lucky to have been a marxist in britain. If he were a narxist in a truly marxist country like the old Soviet union, he never would have earned that much. On top of that he would have never lived long enough to see 95. The state would have confiscated his wealth, whatever he did manage to accumulate, then shot him.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 8:19:01 AM PST by lowbridge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Obviously he was a member of the communist nomenklatura, for whom the rules are different. Just like our Overlords Obama and members of Congress. They do not have to conform to the regulations they impose on the masses. Look it up.
13 posted on 01/12/2014 8:23:52 AM PST by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Communism for thee, capitalism for me.
14 posted on 01/12/2014 8:30:59 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The KGB paid him well.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 8:45:58 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Marxists will never be held to any standard because Marxists care about the “little people.” Just ask Kim Jung-un. Victor Kravchenko, a Soviet defector, wrote “I found myself among men who could eat ample and dainty food in full view of starving people not only with a clear conscience but with a feeling of righteousness, as if they were performing a duty to history.” These people are not hypocrites. They sincerely believe that because of their psychological sacrifice (their concern) they deserve to live lives of luxury.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 8:59:24 AM PST by Vehmgericht
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: PowderMonkey

Very much like my Spanish great grandfather.
He was born a peasant, was drafted into the Spanish army, was sent to the Philippines and by all accounts was a fine soldier. Upon the Spanish surrender he stayed and through hard work and enterprise became extremely wealthy. He was however a lifelong socialist and anti-American in spite of his success in the system they brought to the islands. A lot of these political attitudes in Europe are religion substitutes and tribal markers.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 9:06:08 AM PST by buwaya
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

He collected significant royalties through his writing, academic though it was. His works were on reading lists for decades.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 9:13:01 AM PST by buwaya
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: buwaya
A lot of these political attitudes in Europe are religion substitutes and tribal markers.

Bingo! One the people who make up the left left the religion of their youth, they have substituted statism as their new religion. Catholic, protestant or Jew.

As the old saying goes, they are trying to fill a G_d shaped hole in their soul.

19 posted on 01/12/2014 9:31:31 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Marxists goal is to impoverish everyone but themselves I think


20 posted on 01/12/2014 10:34:11 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PowderMonkey
That the thing ..Communism is great if you live on the top and horrible to live under
21 posted on 01/12/2014 10:58:46 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Why was this traitor to his country allowed to die a natural death?


22 posted on 01/12/2014 5:33:58 PM PST by Mmmike
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson