In his essay, “Apocalypse, tendency, crisis”, Ben Noys begin innocently enough by appropriating the anti-communist charge that several well known Marxists have a religious, even apocalyptic, interpretation of historical materialism. However, he explains, he isn’t going to hold it against them:
“I’m not concerned with the old Cold War trope that Marxism is really a form of religion with its own eschatology.”
After which, bizarrely enough, Noys goes on to accuse these Marxists of being just that:
“I am, however, critiquing the remnants of a religious model of providence, in which we suppose history is necessarily on our side.”
I like how, in the opening paragraph of this essay, Noys employs the words of the anti-communist author, Norman Cohn, to accuse Marxists of having “apocalyptic desires”. It really is a nice touch to see a Marxist editor of the journal, Historical Materialism, basically accuse Marxists of being moonies while slyly distancing himself from the charge.