The Crisis Of Marxism-Leninism

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The Crisis Of Marxism-Leninism

By Franz Michael and others
Westview Press, 1990
240 pp. $39.50

Four remarkably prescient scholars-Franz Michael, Carl Linden, Jan Prybyla and Jurgen Domes-have combined their skills to analyze the most important issue of the twentieth century: Have the Marxist-Leninist dictatorships finally and definitively failed or will they continue in one or another guise? These men concentrate primarily on China, although they explain everything one needs to know about the crisis of many communist states that are visibly breaking up. They all agree that the statist centralized command economies cannot survive and some more democratic system will eventually emerge. They argue that dictatorship and free enterprise cannot be combined, that this combination is already thoroughly discredited in the Soviet Union and among the youth in China. Jan Prybyla says that the PRC follows "the economic philosophy and practice of Soviet-type central command planning" and concludes that "marketing reform from above (systemic change initiated by the ruling elite) is not possible." This book should be read and studied by all serious-minded Americans who care about international affairs.

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