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Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Communism, Extremism, Hypocrisy, Ideology, Leadership, Politics

Koestler’s decision to abandon Communism almost as soon as he had been freed from Spain—because of the hysterical faking of the Moscow purge trials in 1938—was expressed in such brilliantly diagnostic and dialectical terms that it bears quoting:

It is a logical contradiction when with uncanny regularity the leadership sees itself obliged to undertake more and more bloody operations within the movement, and in the same breath insists that the movement is healthy. Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions points with much greater likelihood to the existence of a much more serious illness.

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