Marxism and the National Question
I believe that a little philosophy is needed on the subject of the nation. It was the nation which first led me to question Marxism seriously. This was the real breach in the walls which let me make an outside tour of the fortress, rather than go on penetrating farther into it . . . it was what let me get out, and then situate it in a wider framework. In other words, it first allowed me to see Marxism as a decisive but not ultimate stage in our understanding of history.
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