RUSSIA: The New Line

"Communists of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your Stalinist chains." This was the message that Russia's new rulers flashed to the faithful last week, from the most important Russian Communist Party Congress in years. With mechanical unanimity and "stormy applause" the 1,355 delegates to the 20th Congress voted da on the new line and adjourned. Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev did not even have to make a closing speech, explained the chairman, because everybody had agreed with him. The new line:

¶ War with capitalism is no longer inevitable, but...