Domenach, J. M.
July 1956
Foreign Affairs;Jul1956, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p569
This article focuses on the transition from Stalinism to a new revolution reviving the old theme of the "popular front." A rapid succession of important political events has confirmed the new trend. In March the Communist deputies in France voted full powers to the government of Guy Mollet with respect to Algeria. This was a question on which they were not in accord with the government's policy, but they lent their support because (in the words of Maurice Thorez) "the essential concern which inspires the Party is to preserve the possibilities of a broader development of the united front with the Socialist workers." In dealing with the communists it is essential to have a firm understanding of their ideological position. Their tactical skill often obscures the fact that they always act in accordance with a firm set of principles; even their most obvious contradictions are carefully thought out. In the case of the popular front, their policy satisfies a fundamental tenet of Marxism.


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