France: The Case for Pessimism

A distinguished author sees little hope for the future of the West

Modern democracy may be nothing more than an "accident" whose time on the stage of world history is almost over. Its survival in the face of relentless Communist success is highly unlikely, and will be decided before the end of the century. The West will have no one but itself to blame for its demise.

Those bleak observations are not the distilled fantasies of the Kremlin. They are the benchmarks of reality, according to Jean-François Revel, 60, the distinguished journalist, iconoclastic philosopher and persistent gadfly of French politics. In his...

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