Revealed: Marxist professor’s double life
As Francis Wheen reports for the FT, Terry Eagleton’s latest attempt to popularise Marxism leads him to reveal a bit too much information:
Some of his analogies are simply baffling … [He] informs us that the Marxist idea of history (an unstable compound of inevitability and human initiative) is analogous to the Christian interplay between divine providence and free will – a promising thesis, instantly wrecked by a weird embellishment. God, he explains, “did not force me to dress up as a parlour maid last Friday and call myself Milly; but being omniscient, he knew that I would, and could thus shape his cosmic schemes with the Milly business well in mind”. What’s that all about? God only knows.