A specter is haunting Russia—the specter of socialism. Britain's Labor Government had been in power little more than a month when last week that wayward wraith, the western bloc, in the guise of an entente of western Europe's socialist governments, began to clank familiarly through the international corridors. Its promoter was Professor Harold J. Laski (TIME, Aug. 13).

In Copenhagen, the Danish Social Democrats' first postliberation congress drew socialist premiers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, socialist representatives from Belgium, Holland, France. Professor Laski, who has been skimming, swallow-like, from one European socialist...

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