Fables from Aptheker

Fables from Aptheker

THE NATURE OF DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, AND REVOLUTION, by Herbert Aptheker. New York: International Publishers. 128 pp. $1.25.

Every once in a while I seek a bit of comic relief from the burdens of our Kafkaesque world. One unfailing source has been, not the gyrations of so-called Communist parties and governments (which have provided moments of sorrow and anger), but the intellectual acrobatics of Communist “theoreticians.” Over the years, to be sure, the contemplation of such exercises has furnished decreasing pleasure; for as the older theoreticians have died or defected their successors have rarely displayed the wit, analytic power, and massive even if unrefined learning characteristic of the breed. Herbert Aptheker’s recent book is a case in point.

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