The Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm always epitomised to me the hypocrisy of the twentieth century political classes. It was, and still is, socially unacceptable to profess any kind of sympathy with any aspect of fascism but was, and still is, acceptable to embrace communism. Surely murdering millions in the pursuit of an ideology should be condemned whatever that ideology is?
Rather than go into detail about Hobsbawm, who died yesterday, I would invite you to read the two following objective pieces about him:
This one from The Commentator
This one from Helen Szamuely's Your Freedom and Ours Blog