Is Stalinism Really Dead?

Alexander S. Tsipko, Author, I. Tichina, Translator HarperCollins Publishers $24.95 (278p) ISBN 978-0-06-250871-3
Geared to a Soviet readership, this humanistic brief for perestroika by a Soviet philosopher offers a salubrious self-examination of the crimes of Stalinism. Tsipko calls for economic democracy, open dialogue, free-market reforms and toleration of personal diversity. He condemns Karl Marx's justification of violence, his contempt for the ``peasantry'' (farmers) and opposition to religion. But he glosses over the damage done to his country by Lenin, whom he gingerly criticizes yet keeps on a pedestal, and demonizes Trotsky and other ``leftist adventurers.'' Tsipko can be long-winded, yet his critique offers us an intriguing on-the-scenes glimpse of current reappraisals in the Soviet Union. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
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