RUSSIA: The New Morality

Moscow gagsters had a good time with the Soviet Union's new marriage-and-maternity regulations (TIME, July 17). At the Metropole Hotel, an actor pointed at a well-known ladies' man and cracked:

"He thinks there should be an Order of the Heroic Father." A Komsomol girl suggested a new slogan: "More children, fewer careers."

But the new laws were taken with Soviet seriousness by most citizens, as befitted the new Soviet morality. Casual divorce, free love had long since gone into the Communist limbo. Now the state was seriously interested in more & bigger families.

Another aspect of the new Communism, long evident, is...