How to change the world

I’ve just finished reading Eric Hobsbawm’s How to change the world.  It’s a careful, patient account of the history of Marxism, the original writings and how they’ve been interpreted ever since. It revives my admiration for him, which goes back a long way. He’s always been thoughtful, intelligent and constructive, despite being surrounded by yapping critics whose only interest is in having him admit that he must have been totally stupid to have supported communism for as long as he did. To me it’s great to have someone there (in his books if not, sadly, alive), whose very presence says “Hang on a minute. Don’t jump to conclusions. Might there be more to this than you had previously thought?”