Ideas: The Mysterious Mr.-or Ms.-Z

The Mysterious Mr.-or Ms.-"Z"

Except in rarefied intellectual circles, articles that appear in the Cambridge, Mass., journal Daedalus (circ. 14,000) seldom stir up much of a fuss. But a pseudonymous piece appearing in the quarterly's winter issue is kicking up a storm. Titled "To the Stalin Mausoleum," the pessimistic assessment of the Soviet Union's ability to transform itself both economically and politically is obviously modeled after George Kennan's famous 1947 Foreign Affairs essay, in which Kennan outlined the concept of containment of the Soviet Union. While Kennan wrote under the byline "X," the Daedalus author identified himself -- or herself -- only as "Z."

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