Yugoslavia's MILOVAN DJILAS: Why Perestroika Cannot Succeed

A Communist reformer before it was fashionable, Yugoslavia's MILOVAN DJILAS believes Gorbachev's changes are irreversible but that his attempts to fix communism will fail

Q. Why did the Soviet bloc fall apart in 1989?

A. Communism is strong only until it tries to reform. Even so, it had no choice but to try reform because its internal crisis was so explosive. Communism cannot be changed. Communists may change, but not communism. Without a totalitarian ideology, this system cannot exist. It must have absolute "truths."

In countries where communism was introduced after a revolution, like the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the process of change is slower because a relatively strong ruling class was formed from authentic national sources. The situation is quite the opposite in countries...

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