Communists: Ratifying the Right to Dissent

"We are in serious doubt about the scientific character of some aspects of the analysis contained in the document. In style, the document is more frequently couched in invocatory-propagandistic rather than analytical terms, and this makes it impossible to catch the whole novelty, wealth and complexity of the world-revolutionary movement." The words were those of Enrico Berlinguer, the deputy leader of the Italian Communist Party, and he was addressing the other 74 delegations at the world Communist summit meeting in Moscow. Berlinguer was criticizing the 47-page communiqué that the Soviets hoped all the parties would sign as a symbol of...

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