Author Archives: Norman Geras

Platform Sixteen

Norman Geras responds to Lindsey Hilsum’s change-of-mind over Iraq in The New Statesman.

Platform Fourteen

In his response to a piece in Red Pepper — online here — Norman Geras explains, yet again, that the EM is not a “pro-war” document. In the latest issue of Red Pepper, there is a critique of the Euston Manifesto by David Beetham and Pat Devine — both old friends of mine. Their article is also available online at ZNet. I […]

Platform Twelve

Norman Geras tackles an unfortunately common approach to the text, as exemplified by David Clark in the New Statesman. A recent article critical of the Euston Manifesto is worth noticing for the principle of textual interpretation it makes use of: the principle, namely, that if the item before you — here, a document — doesn’t actually say what you […]

Platform Eleven

Norman Geras deals with the common misbelief that the Euston Manifesto is a “pro-war” document.

The Guardian: The Path Out Of Denial

Was the Euston Manifesto written, as some wags now say, in a pub? Well, no. Would you want beer spilt over your manifesto? Would you want it smelling of smoke? The document was mooted in one pub and discussed in another. But it was written where things get written these days, on computers. And this, […]

Platform Ten

Norman Geras responds to Daniel Finkelstein’s Times article. Writing in this newspaper [three] weeks ago, Daniel Finkelstein gave the Euston Manifesto — a document calling for a progressive realignment and which I had a large part in drafting — a mixed review. “Really very good,” he said. “I agree with its sentiments; I think it well written and timely.” But […]

The Times: The Left Needs To Get It Right

The Euston Manifesto is a corrective to extreme views on terrorism, Iraq and Bush WRITING IN this newspaper two weeks ago, Daniel Finkelstein gave the Euston Manifesto — a document calling for a progressive realignment and which I had a large part in drafting — a mixed review. “Really very good,” he said. “I agree with its sentiments; I think […]

Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters

Norman Geras questions the modesty of Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s modest proposal.

Platform Nine

Norman Geras dissects an objection to one of the manifesto’s elaborations.

Platform Seven

Norman Geras explains why one short passage in the manifesto will be reworded.