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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 18

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B8 Palm Beach Post, Thurs., November 14, 1968 Soviet, Western Communists Advance Toward Fight many party members everywhere who are, more open to this seemingly abstruse argument than to "capitalist propaganda." The East Germans did not dare to publish the "Rinascita" article, which they described as a concoction of "wellworn lies." But the contradictions between the base and superstructure In socialist society." This is the formula which Is Increasingly being used by Communist reformers everywhere, from Hungary to Italy, to describe the need for political change (in the superstruc Italian party press has been carrying full reports of the East German attacks. The main issues which are coming Increasingly to the fore In the debate between the two wings of the Communist movement are of cardinal im "No party," said the Italian paper, "can be the schoolmaster." The East Germans were particularly incensed by an article In which, they said, the Italian Politburo member Enrico Berlinguer had "put forward the thesis of objective ture) to catch up with the changes occurring In the economic base. Berlinguer's argument, In the Italian Communist magazine "Rinascita," was that the rapid technical and economic development of the Communist countries In recent years had left the politi cal superstructure far behind "a contradiction which tends to take on a more acute character in the new phase" of technological growth. The leaders of the Communist countries fear this kind of language like the plague, because they know that there are portance to each of them. They cannot be glossed over, or swept under the carpet. If the western communist parties pay heed to the conservative argument pressed on them by the east, they will come within spitting distance of political power. I $2 IFF CUKTDIFOCATE is yours when you buy 4 Riverside Wide Track Ovals or LMT's. 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But the Kremlin and its spokesmen persist In their ancient definition of this "independence." The East German Communist party, speaking as the authentic voice of Moscow, declares that the attitude tc the Soviet Union "Is the most important criterion for any party which claims to be Marxist-Leninist." This is, in fact, the old Stalinist definition that demands the acceptance of Soviet infallibility which the western parties now reject. Nor is it just a dispute about words and definitions. The French and Italian parties, which have been rapidly adjusting themselves to the "parliamentary road to socialism" as the only avenue to power, are now being told that this Is wrong. The French party's defeat at the last elections, which reduced the number of its parliamentary seats from 73 to 34, has greatly accelerated its search for political respectability. M. Waldecik-Rochet, the party's general secretary, ascribed the losses to the identification of the party in the public mind with the extreme left which manned the Paris barricades in the "May revolution." The party's aim, he explained, was to keep the political struggle in the framework of Republican legality and to replace Gaullism by a government of democratic alliance "not by subversion, but by the popular will, clearly and democratically expressed." The Fast German Politburo, at its session last month, went to the unusual length of delegating several of Its members to attack this view. When Khrusnchev firsl proclaimed the "parliamentary road to socialism" as appropriate for the western parties, he condemned the orthodox opposition to it as "dogmatic." Now the Fast German leaders complain that it is those western parties which regard the parliamentary method as "the only possible road for their countries" that are dogmatic. 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