John Cunningham, in Solidarity 519, gives a generous assessment of my comments on Gyorgy Lukács.
I want to come back on three points.
I would guess, if only from his alignment with the reforming Nagy administration in 1956, that Lukács always had inner reservations about Stalinism.
So did many of the Bolsheviks who capitulated to Stalinism. Through most of the 1930s the exile Mensheviks and Trotskyists had sporadic contacts with people who were deeply embedded in the Stalinist machine and yet talked in confidence of their horror at Stalin’s course.
The combination is what made them — and