WESTERN EUROPE: The New Economics of Communism

To most Americans, Communism conjures up images of the rigid, bureaucratized economic systems of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Its main characteristics are state ownership of all enterprises, collectivized agriculture, strict government planning. Is this the vision offered by the Communist parties of Western Europe? To varying degrees, the answer is no. Western Europe's Communists say they want to create a sort of Eurocommunism that draws its inspiration from neither the Soviet Union nor China nor Yugoslavia. "None of the models existing in the world today apply to us," says José...

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