A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 13, 1978

"Socialism in its various manifestations is now the world's dominant political and economic ideology," says World Editor John Elson, who edited this week's eleven-page report on the proliferation of the left. To back up his statement, Elson had at hand some formidable evidence: a foot-high pile of reports filed by 24 TIME correspondents around the world who assessed the consequences of the global revolution.

For many of our correspondents, working on this report was the culmination of a deep, ongoing interest in socialism. Eastern Europe Bureau Chief David Aikman, for example, concentrated on modern...

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