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The Dialectic Of Change
The Dialectic Of Change
By Boris Kagarlitsky
Verso, 1990, 393 pp

After extensive discussion of developments in Western Europe, around the themes of reformism and revolution, the author turns eastward to Poland and the Soviet Union. Although the bulk of the book was written from 1983-85, with only a brief final chapter on the Gorbachev years, the questions raised and debated are not confined by time. A sociologist and New Left political philosopher, Kagarlitsky has his own interpretations of history and politics and presents them with cogency and conviction. Objecting to both the fetish with planning and the fetish with the market, he advocates "democratic socialism" (not traditional social democracy) and is now active in Moscow in the Popular Front for Perestroika, a movement pushing for radical reform.