On Communism, in Defense of the New Course

On Communism, in Defense of the New Course

On Communism, in Defense of the New Course

On Communism, in Defense of the New Course

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I wish to state by way of introduction that I wrote this dissertation prior to the Twentieth Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, mainly during the summer of 1955, and I had practically finished it by September of 1955. I expected my case to be discussed by the Central Committee of the Hungarian Workers' Party during the fall of that year, after my recovery from my illness.

Hoping for this, I was prepared to hand my dissertation to the Central Committee as a justification of my principles and as a detailed reply to the accusations made in public against me since March of 1955. As is well known, my case did not reach the discussion stage, and I was not granted any kind of opportunity to expound my views or to refute the baseless accusations and slanders spoken against me. My dissertation was not placed before the Party forum at that particular time. I was expelled from the Party without having had my views clarified within the framework of the ideological battle or by legal Party procedure.

Since then, events of great significance have taken place before our eyes, among which the Twentieth Congress of the Soviet Communist Party is the most outstanding. This convinced me that stating my views in writing, in order to refute the accusations made against me and the baseless slanders . . .

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