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The God That Lives

The fall of the Wall; the assertion by former communist leaders that they were engaged in systematic espionage against the United States; revelations provided by the Venona tapes of communist activity in this country; the admission by Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and other leaders that communism did not work; General Volkogonov's concession that President Reagan was justified in describing the U.S.S.R. as the "Evil Empire"; the collapse of the Soviet economy brought about by decades of neglect and misunderstandings; the incontrovertible evidence of millions murdered during the Stalinist purges; Solzhenitsyn's dark but accurate depiction of the Gulag; the blunt admission that Potemkin villages were built to dupe Western leaders into believing the Soviet Union was a secular paradise—all of this evidence should have damaged the Marxist mystique that has enthralled the American professoriate, but it has not. Dario Femandez-Morera of Northwestern University explores the reasons behind this monumental denial of the evidence and exposes the necrophiliac tendencies of the American academy.

Marxism is protean, changing constantly in form and appearance for lack of rules or logic to constrain it. Moreover, as Fernandez-Morera points out, truth itself can never be objective in a Marxist sense because it is fashioned by categories (class, race, sex, sexual orientation, geographic identification) and political power.

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