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I Believed - Douglas Hyde
on 6 September 2008
Hyde was a high ranking and dedicated member of the Communist Party in Britain during World War Two. As his daughter began to grow up he found himself increasingly questioning the amoral cynicism of his party and its ideology. Given the task of smearing Catholic Distributists such as GK Chesterton, he studied the writings of such non-Marxist opponents of capitalism and found them making increasing sense.
The book chronicles his journey from Marxist fanatic to Catholic convert and anti-communist campaigner. In passing, it captures the spirit both of the times and of any self-styled revolutionary party. Dated in some respects at first sight, the fact is that the Marxist fanaticism that Hyde ends by condemning is unfortunately alive and well in the guise of Political Correctness. Hence the author's story is still relevent today - especially as the global credit crunch encourages a new generation to look for alternatives to capitalism. Hyde shows, from direct personal experience, why Marxism is no such alternative.An easy read and well worth a couple of quid if you're interested in history, politics or social science.