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The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This classic by an associate of Yugoslavia's Tito created a sensation when it was published in 1957 because it was the first time that a ranking Communist had publicly analyzed his disillusionment with the system.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 30th 1982 by Harvest/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (first published January 1st 1957)
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Alan Fogelquist
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A classic analysis of false promises and the degeneration of a Communist or Leninist revolution into a new class society with new forms of domination, exploitation and inequality. A cogent critique from the inside.
Orgon Solo
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely scathing attack on totalitarian communism written by one of yugoslavian dictator Tito`s close aidès, he know whereof he speaks. If I remember correctly the author was quickly donated to prison after this book, but he writes very authoritavely, and explores the many facets of socialism that can wreck havoc on a nation. I read it in norwegian, but will try to translate a choic equote here "When the New Clss leaves the world scene - and it will hapen someday - there will be le ...more
Saoirse
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: marxism
Publication of this book was aided by the CIA: it shows. Anti-communist nonsense of the highest order.
Marko Boskovic
U prvim poglavljima Đilas daje dobru analizu formiranja i učvršćivanja nove klase. Partijski čelnici postaju novi upravljači sredstava proizvodnje i samostalno raspolažu njihovim plodovima. Pripadnici te nove klase razvijaju sopstvenu (samo)svest, i dominantno se reprodukuju iz sopstvenih redova (deca privilegovanih i sama postaju privilegovana).

Ostatak knjige je čudan. Đilas se upinje da osudi svaki aspekt socijalističkog društva u Jugoslaviji i zemljama Varšavskog pakta, i pri tome često gener
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Luka Nikolic
Knjiga se dosta tesko cita, pogotovo sto Djilas dosta suvo pise a i posto smatram da je neko vece i detaljnije predznanje potrebno o komunizmu da se razume knjiga u potpunosti

Mane dela na stranu, jeste bilo revolucionarno za ono vreme i imalo je veliki uticaj i na zapadu (Friedman je spomenuo bas ovu knjigu tokom lekcije "What is America?" kad je pricao o slobodi govora)

Kenneth
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A former Yugoslav, a once close associate of Marshal Tito, analyzes the Communist system as he sees it in operation, and is disillusioned.
Mawr
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Though I consider Djilas's criticisms of the Soviet Union to be excessive, and biased by two factors (his American publisher presumably wanting as negative an assessment of communism as possible; and his own personal bitterness resulting from having been put in Soviet prisons), this book is a good account of the state capitalism that was the USSR of the time, from a man who knew the inner workings of the communist system intimately.

Also, his optimism, from back in 1957, for the progress of moder
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Bill V
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a bit too dry and esoteric for my taste. I tend to struggle with philosophical and political tracts and this one is no exception. It did help clarify some questions I had about communism versus other political/economic systems, i.e. democracy and capitalism. Given that the book was originally written in 1957, it was interesting to see how some points the author made turned out to be wrong, others rights and some have yet to be determined.
ehk2
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
it is certainly a renegade, anti-communist, anti-Marxist account of socialism experimentations (and class analysis) in Eastern Europe (became a best-seller anti-communist propaganda in Cold War era). However, there are some germs of useful insights, observations about the characteristics of these 'real socialisms'; i.e. the role of bureaucracy.
sologdin
i like djilas quite a bit. his presentation of a 'new class' is a bit overreaching, i think, though as a critique of the distortions & inegalitarianisms in the yugoslav system, it is worthy of one's attention.
Joredos
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commusm
Great analysis from internal "betrayer" . The new class is disease of the power. The burecrates create this class with the monopol power they have are the new class - all other people are lower class their new slaves.
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Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It was a phase.
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Djilas, joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia as a student in 1932. He was a political prisoner from 1933 to 1936. In 1938 he was elected to the Central Committee of the Communist Party and became a member of its Politburo in 1940.

In April 1941, as Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and their allies dismembered the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Đilas helped Josip Broz Tito found the P
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