Millions had to die so that Cohen and his rich friends could enjoy “a non-capitalist mental space in which to think about socialism.” Words almost fail me. But not entirely. He should have spent his life begging forgiveness from all of the people who suffered from his pro-Soviet (he spent a good bit of his youth as a Soviet propagandist, which was essentially a family enterprise) and pro-Communist activities. He was no different than any old National Socialist who might have regretted that National Socialism wasn’t nationally socialist enough, but who enjoyed the “mental space” it created to construct fantasies of an ideal life.
–Tom Palmer, remembering the Marxist philosopher, G.A. Cohen. Like Palmer, I don’t enjoy speaking ill of the dead. But sometimes, it is necessary to put out a critique instead of a fawning obituary, irrespective of the proximity of that critique to the death of the person being criticized.
UPDATE: More from Johnathan Pearce.