"Society cannot leap into communism from capitalism without going through a socialist stage of development."
This predictive comment was spoken by Nikita Khrushchev, dictatorial leader of the Soviet Union. It was published by Time magazine in 1959 (Feb. 9, "Russia: Victor's War").
In '59 America's leftists were fawning over an anticipated visit to the United States by Khrushchev.
Once here, his propaganda tour included a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, on Sept. 16, where wanted to clear the air on a previous statement that received much attention in the states: "We will bury capitalism."
"I have already said that the words 'We will bury capitalism' should not be taken literally, as is done by ordinary gravediggers who carry a spade and dig graves and bury the dead," he explained. "What I had in mind was the outlook for the development of human society. Socialism will inevitably succeed capitalism."
Progressives reeled with delight.
Khrushchev ruled the Communist Soviet Union, which included Russia and most of Eastern Europe, from 1953 to 1964. He did so with an iron fist. Political dissidents and all who practiced religion were brutally persecuted.