Communists: Many Happy Returns

It was May Day again, the equivalent in the Communist world of Christmas and Easter combined. As usual, the Kremlin's rulers watched a convoy of rockets and tanks roll through Moscow's Red Square in the annual parade. In Peking, Mao Tse-tung strode briefly onto a balcony before half a million Chinese assembled for fireworks and singing. In Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh also showed up at the festivities, accepting a bouquet of flowers from a small girl. Everywhere, also as usual, Communists displayed portraits of and ritually quoted the man who started it all, Karl Marx. This week is...

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