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Is Stalinism Really Dead? The Future Of Perestroika As A Moral Revolution
Is Stalinism Really Dead? The Future Of Perestroika As A Moral Revolution
By Alexander S. Tsipko
HarperSan Francisco, 1990, 278 pp.

The author's answer to the question is negative. Stalinism, he contends, was not just the workings of an evil man. It was the natural result of a system based on myths and lies, all in the service of supposedly ideal aims, which were to be attained by any means regardless of reason, common sense, human values or political realities. Page after page Tsipko hammers away on this theme and points to the need to get at the roots of Stalinism and establish respect for human rights and traditions and humility in the face of truth. To Western readers all this may not seem so novel, but it is important that this book was written by a Soviet philosopher and published and read in the Soviet Union.