ON-Lion Letter
Here is a tasty paradox:  how did the Leftist legions regroup after history delivered its fatal blow to the Soviet system?  Simple, argues Jean-François Revel in Encounter Books' new Last Exit to Utopia:  The Survival of Socialism in a post-Soviet Era:  the Left retreated to the impregnable fortress of the Utopian ideal.

After all, according to Revel, socialism incarnate was always vulnerable to criticism.  Utopia, on the other hand, lies by definition beyond reproach.  With the demise of the Soviet system, there is no longer a vast and flailing embodiment of their vision, and Utopia's haughty champions can again rage boundlessly.

In Last Exit to Utopia, the latest English language translation of one of Europe's most-controversial intellectuals, Revel takes aim at socialist apologists who have attempted to erase or invert the manifest failures of socialist ideology.  As the tide of Big Government rises in America, Revel's forewarnings here are as prescient as they are frightening.

Revel, who died in 2006, was a member of the Académie Française and author of several international bestsellers, including Without Marx or Jesus:  The New Revolution Has Begun, How Democracies Perish, and The Totalitarian Temptation.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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