Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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'Robert Manne numbers amongst Australia's most influential public intellectuals. Though his politics have moved leftwards, Manne remains critical of the left's so-called neo-Stalinist interpretation of Cold War history. Of particular concern is the left's defence of the radical Australian journalist, Wilfred Burchett, who was widely regarded as a communist propagandist and traitor. Manne's 1985 Quadrant essay, "The Fortunes of Wilfred Burchett: A New Assessment", lent considerable academic weight to this view. Though Manne has since acknowledged some errors, he still maintains that Burchett was a communist "hack" and traitor. But Manne's argument remains selectively based and erroneous. It uncritically accepts security-based intelligence, while sidestepping the abuse of Burchett's civil liberties by Liberal governments. Manne uses and abuses Burchett's life to push his ideological agenda about Stalinism's evils.' (Author's abstract)

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