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The Self-Same Beast
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The Self-Same Beast

The collapse of communist systems has not eliminated the need for a better understanding of the impact they had and how and why they persisted. Only in the aftermath of their unraveling has it become possible to gain insight into

Great Escapists
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Great Escapists

While M. Revel’s critique of Western leftists and fellow travelers is fully shared by me, I part company with him when it comes to the issue of the durability of communist systems. Both he and I were among the vast

Wonders of the World
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Wonders of the World

Who would have predicted that while socialist-realist art forms disappeared from most communist systems (even before the systems themselves collapsed), didactic and politicized movies and other products of mass culture would proliferate in the United States through the 1970’s and

An End to the Political Pilgrimage?
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An End to the Political Pilgrimage?

Are political pilgrimages a matter of history, or has the phenomenon survived? If so, in what form? Some reference to these questions has been made in the preface to the (1983) paperback edition of my book Political Pilgrims, but

Lame Hands of Socialist Faith
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Lame Hands of Socialist Faith

“You . . . have been borrowing goblins from the
capitalist. . . . “

—John Ruskin

For numerous well-known Western intellectuals, capitalism versus socialism remains the great dilemma, the principal philosophical and institutional alternative of our times. It is

Marxism and Its Guardian
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Marxism and Its Guardian

“Long promise and short observance is the
road that leads to the sure triumph.”

– Dante

Inequality under socialism—or under putative socialism—remains largely unknown and barely under­ stood in the West even by the educated public. If by now the

European Anti-Americanism: Nothing New on the Western Front
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European Anti-Americanism: Nothing New on the Western Front

I visited Western Europe recently to learn more about the critical attitudes of intellectuals and other opinion ­makers (primarily academics and journalists) toward the United States. I was especially interested in how such European critiques resembled those produced by American