There Really Was a Canary in Its Cage

Muggeridge, Malcolm
June 1956
New Republic;6/25/56, Vol. 134 Issue 26, p16
The article presents information on the autobiographical book "A Discord of Trumpets," by Claude Cockburn. The book shows that Cockburn derives from a certain English tradition of eccentricity and chivalrousness. The eccentricity represents a harmless desire to be noticed, a refusal to bother about modes of behavior, the chivalrousness comes from belonging to the English governing class and reacting against its arrogance, certitude and complacency. Cockburn became a Communist not because he was inspired by, or even knew much about it, but because being a Communist seemed to him to constitute a gesture of defiance against the social class into which he was born, and a way of lining up with the down-trodden and oppressed against the rich and powerful.


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