Commentary Magazine

Peace and the Marxists

To the Editor:

Your correspondent, Dr. Alfred B. Mason [Letters from Readers, December 1976], writes at length on the absence of consideration of the issues of peace in my book, Why Marxism? [reviewed by Victor Baras, September 1976]. He obviously did not read the book or even look at its index, which would have led him immediately to the discussion of the appeal of the peace issue (pp. 161-69).

It is, however, entirely proper to underline the fact that the allegedly Marxist states have turned their back on this side of the faith and stand out in the world as the new Prussias of military discipline, exalting military virtues and devoting an exceptional share of the national product to military purposes.

Robert G. Wesson
University of California
Santa Barbara, California

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