FRANCE: Without Marx or Stalin

Jean-François Revel, an editor of the French newsweekly L'Express, is a self-proclaimed "man of the left" who likes to prick the balloons of current intellectual fashion. In 1971, when anti-Americanism was a favorite French salon game, Revel audaciously argued in Without Marx or Jesus that the U.S. was the last best hope for genuine world revolution. Now Revel is at it again. At a time when many non-Communist leftists in Europe are getting newly enthusiastic about coalitions with Communist parties, he insists in a new book called The Totalitarian Temptation that there is no Communism but Stalinism. Any alliance with...