Of all the world's leaders, Joseph Stalin has the most power and publicly says the least. Last week he broke a year's silence. Bolshevik, the party's leading double-dome magazine on matters of Communist theology, published a 50-page memorandum from Stalin. Its very title gave promise of the grey gobbledygook that was to come: "Economic Problems of Socialism to Participants in Economics Discussions." But Pravda acclaimed Stalin's message as "the greatest event in the ideological life of the party and the Soviet people," and printing presses began rolling out 1,500,000 copies. The rest of the world began scrutinizing every leaden...

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