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“[The author's] variety of research sweeps from New Left politics to the bureaucratization of Soviet communism. more often than not, he examines the ambivalence inherent in America's twin position as disseminator of the technetronic revolution and relevant preserver of the foreign established order. Brzezinski's confident conclusions could convenience a number of, yet his cavalier therapy of opposite analyses, mixed along with his previous list of undistinguished prognostication, can rarely go away them boastful. The reviews are powerful and, generally, problem each person, from the involved layman to the practising scholar.”–Library Journal
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edition. [The author's] variety of research sweeps from New Left politics to the bureaucratization of Soviet communism. often, he examines the ambivalence inherent in America's twin function as disseminator of the technetronic revolution and critical preserver of the foreign established order. Brzezinski's confident conclusions could convenience a couple of, yet his cavalier therapy of opposite analyses, mixed along with his earlier list of undistinguished prognostication, can hardly ever depart them boastful. The evaluations are powerful and, normally, problem every body, from the involved layman to the practising scholar.
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If human history can be said to involve both a struggle iand an evolution toward the progressive liberation of man, then the attainment of equality before the supernatural was the first major step on that road.  By taking refuge in an autonomous, distant, divine future, man relieved himself of the obligation to struggle intensely with the present under circumstances he was neither intellectually nor practically prepared for.  Minimum social action was matched by maximum commitment to the supernatural.

Emphasis on this question has compelled reflection on the relative importance of different forces of change, the weighing of alternative historical interpretations, and at least the attempt at tentative judgment.  What are the sources of principal, secondary, and tertiary dangers?  Unwilling to accept the notion of the relativity and elusiveness of truth, they have elevated their inescapably partial insights into absolute dogmas and reduced complex issues to gross oversimplifications.  To say as much is not to ignore the subsequently enslaving effect of institutionalized Marxism—especially when in power—or its analytical inability to cope with the problems of the advanced twentieth­century world; it is to assert that in the gradual evolution of man's universal vision Marxism represents as important and progressive a stage as the appearance of nationalism and of the great religions.

The more critical revisionists and the more outspoken opponents of the fusion of Marxist thought and a Leninist­type party have challenged that premise as well.  But that which was necessary to help terminate the age of historical unconsciousness—especially on a popular level—became counterproductive in the age of science, rapid dissemination, and accelerating change. Initially the ideology of a narrowly based, weak, and relatively isolated intellectual class that aspired to * For another example among many, see the December 1968 issue of Partelet (the Hungarian party journal), containing a communique on the expulsion from the Budapest Philosophical Institute of several Hungarian philosophers, some of whom had advocated a "pluralist" concept of Marxism.

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