COMMUNISTS: Nikita's Retort

When Red China's Mao Tse-tung decided two years ago to herd his 650 million subjects into beehive-style communes, nobody professed to be more appalled than Nikita Khrushchev. It wasn't the inhumanity he objected to; it was the dogma. Communes, Nikita told visiting U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey, were "oldfashioned and reactionary." But what really irked the Kremlin was Peking's implicit boast that the commune system would propel Red China into the Marxist never-never land of full Communism ahead even of Rus sia itself.

Last week, in the Soviet monthly Novy Mir, the Kremlin devised...

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