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Why does Koestler’s classic endure after Communism’s demise? First, because it brilliantly explores a lasting dogmatic syndrome among political intellectuals—decent, disillusioned, but still bewitched enough to sign their own death warrants half-believing in the cause. And second, because, no less brilliantly, it depicts the pathology of power that demands not just obedience from its victims but fanatical concurrence.





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