COMMUNISTS: Time to Retreat

The leaders of Communism's two big lands are in trouble.

To hear them tell it last week, Mao Tse-tung was stepping serenely down from the most tedious of his five jobs, and Nikita Khrushchev was proclaiming some of the greatest victories in Soviet agricultural history.

Actually, both Moscow and Peking were in major retreats at home. In both cases the battle was over agriculture—that individualistic and capricious pursuit that has defied Communist planners from the beginning. Moscow proposed to toughen up on the peasantry. Peking confessed to moving too fast in thrusting thousands...

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