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The politics of betrayal: Renegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens

Ashley Lavelle


The radical who is transformed into a conservative is a common theme in political history. Benito Mussolini, the Italian socialist who became a fascist, is the best-known example, but there have been many others, including the numerous American Trotskyists and Marxists who later emerged as neo-conservatives, anti-communists or, in some instances, McCarthyists. The politics of betrayal examines why several one-time radicals subsequently became parts of the establishment in various countries, including the former Black Panther Party leader turned Republican Eldridge Cleaver, the Australian commu ... More

Keywords: Radical, Renegade, Capitalism, Marxism, Stalinism, Russian Revolution, Fascism, Cold War, Imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088162
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashley Lavelle, author