Beyond Communism and Social Democracy

Leo Panitch


What meaning should the ignominious collapse of Soviet Communism have for socialists around the world? Does it mean that socialism is dead? At least among the generation of socialists who came to political maturity in the 1960s, it would be both surprising and ironic if many were to draw this conclusion. The vast majority of us embraced socialist values and analysis not because we were inspired by the Soviet example. On the contrary, we became socialists despite that example, indeed, explicitly rejecting it as a model.

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Studies in Political Economy:
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