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Marx for the 21st Century

Jacques Attali, Eric Hobsbawm

02/03/2006 10:30 am
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Radio 4 listeners recently voted Karl Marx the greatest philosopher of all time – a decision with which historian Eric Hobsbawm would not disagree. He discussed here Marx’s stature and legacy with Jacques Attali, first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the institution created to ease the transition to capitalism of East European countries. Attali has just published a book explaining why Marx was a visionary prophet and “one of the giants of modern thought.”

John Kampfner

John Kampfner is a journalist, broadcaster, commentator and a previous editor of The New Statesman and Moscow correspondent for the FT. His books include Freedom for Sale,which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, and Blair’s Wars.

Jacques Attali

Jacques Attali is an eminent economic advisor. From 1981 to 1991 he was special advisor to François Mitterrand and in 1990 he became president of the EBRD. Now, he is chairman of A&A, an international consultancy company and the founder and president of PlaNet Finance, an international non-profit organisation that uses the internet to combat poverty concentrating onthe microfinance sector. He is a prolific and eclectic author of essays, his latest a biography of Marx.

Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm is one of Britain’s most celebrated historians. He came to the UK from Germany in 1933 as a fifteen year old orphan. Multilingual and steeped in the culture and history of Central Europe, he is to this day an “unrepentant communist”. His trilogy charting the rise of capitalism - The Age of RevolutionThe Age of Capital and The Age of Empire - became a defining work of the \"long 19th century\", from 1789 to 1914. The Age of Extremes, translated into 37 languages, covered the \"short 20th century\", from WW1 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. His most recent book is his autobiography Interesting Times.