The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 1

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influence). And they will insist on propagating the new ideas as part of the old ideology, even if most people do not believe in it, because an old coat is better than nothing.

This, I say, is what the Chinese communist leaders, or the main tendency among them, intend to do. It is not, in my view, an unreasonable attempt in the Chitiese situation. But, of course, its success in the longer run is anything but assured, not because the organizers do not really want it, but because its execution in this vast land with its countless factors of disorganization is immensely difficult. Its chance -- and I do not offer percentages of its probability -- is that it may still be somewhat less difficult than anything else, and that the Chinese, who have shown so much talent in all parts of the world, may learn from their past suffering, as their rulers have learned from their past absurdities, to find tolerable ways of living together.


NOTES
1.
See my article "Mao's Revolution: The Chinese Handwriting on the Wall", in Encounter ( London) 28, no. 4 ( April 1967).
2.
The evidence for this is in the 5th, post-Stalinist edition of Lenin Sochineniya ( Moscow, Marx-Lenin Institute, 1958-65), and is quoted in this context in Moshe Lewin, Lenin Last Struggle ( New York: Random House, 1968), notably in chapter 8, 111-113.

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