Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, "Eurocommunism" is finally gone. From the dictionary, that is. The word wasn't a term of abuse coined by right-wing talk radio to describe Scandinavian social democracy. Rather it was, as Canadian columnist Robert Fulford notes, Moscow's own word for a Bolshevism with Western characteristics sure to take root in France and Italy any day now-"now" being some time in the 1970s.Communism's decline and fall was part of a wider phenomenon, the loss of faith in central planning everywhere. America ended the 1970s disillusioned with the Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and Richard Nixon's price controls. In Britain, the carefully managed relationship between government, labor, and industry had shattered, bringing Margaret Thatcher to power. By the 1980s, even avowedly socialist leaders on the European continent retreated from planning. It's a familiar story.
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