A Search for Socialism  

Henry Pachter was both a historical scholar who combined an unusual breadth of horizon with deep originality of thought, and a profoundly engaged, lifelong socialist. It is therefore fitting that this second collection of his essays to appear after his …







Capitalist Dynamics and Western Values  

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, by Daniel Bell. New York: Basic Books. 282 pp. The first volume of Daniel Bell’s sociological diagnosis of our time—The Coming of Post-Industrial Society—was described as “a venture in social forecasting”: it concentrated on tendencies …



Ideology and Power Politics  

How far are the political decisions of the Soviet leaders influenced by their belief in an official ideology—and how far are they empirical responses to objective conflcts of interest, to real situations of power, which are only expressed in ideological …



Our Peculiar Hell  

If I had to select items of twentieth-century evidence to be found one day by future historians and archaeologists, the gas chambers of Auschwitz and the protocols of the Moscow trials would be high on my list. Twentieth-century man has …



The Repudiation of Stalinism  

“Nero, too, was a product of his epoch. Yet after he perished his statues were smashed and his name was scraped off everything. The vengeance of history is more terrible than the vengeance of the most powerful General Secretary. I …