As we come to the end of this murderous and unrepentant century, in which a greater number of human beings has been violently put to death in the name of criminal political ideas than in any other century of recorded history, we are left confronting a moral void that shows few signs of being rectified or even addressed by what remains of serious thought in our civilization. A century of modernity, with everything this implies about the achievements of scientific inquiry and material progress, has proved to be a paradoxical benefaction. For our technological capabilities have long ago outdistanced our powers of moral discrimination, and this parlous condition has left us incapable of attempting either a moral reckoning of the past that has shaped us or a critical vision of the future that awaits us.

Any realistic accounting of Communist crime would effectively shut the door on Utopia.

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