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It was in Dwight Macdonald's journal Politics in 1944-5 that the only extracts from the memoirs published in Victor Serge's lifetime appeared. The honour that is due to Macdonald's nonconformity in that period may be measured by the fact that the editor of one Mexican journal which was publishing Serge in the same period was summoned before the Minister of the Interior Aleman, to have passed on the request not only of the Soviet but also of the British ambassador that Serge be excluded from publication. A voice in which the unpalatable truth about the Russian Revolution was told: unpalatable in 1944 to the Western myth-makers about Stalin; unpalatable to both Stalinists and neo-Trotskyists for his testimony about the dictatorship, not of proletariat, but of the bureaucrats from 1919 onward; unpalatable to all dogmatic anti-Bolsheviks for his refusal to admit the inevitability of the Revolution's degeneration.

Keywords:Dwight Macdonald; Russian Revolution; Stalin; Victor Serge

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