Revisiting ‘Midnight in the Century’

Frank Furedi looks back at his 1990 groundbreaking Living Marxism article on the crisis facing Marxists.

Frank Furedi

Frank Furedi

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I wrote the article ‘Midnight in the Century’ in 1990 as a response to the intellectual and moral crisis of the left in general and of Marxists in particular.

Its pessimistic prognosis was based on the assessment that not only had the experience of Stalinism discredited socialism, but also that the intellectual poverty of the left had succeeded in giving capitalist ideology a measure of credibility.

In many respects, though, the analysis contained in the article tackled only one half of the problem…

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