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What Is 'Socialist Freedom'?
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 24, No. 31 (Aug. 5, 1989), pp. 1761-1763
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4395173
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It makes little sense to use the expression socialist freedom in the same way as one uses the expression bourgeois freedom. There is nothing specifically 'socialist' about the freedom sought by the Chinese students nor about those promised by perestroika and glasnost. If by 'socialist freedom' is meant the right to build a socialist society or the freedom required for building such a society, then one can legitimately ask whether it is this freedom that Lech Walesa or the Chinese students want or Gorbachev desires to institutionalise.
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