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Welcome to a Prospect landmark—our 150th issue. Flicking nostalgically through some early editions, I came across the following (in issue 8) from the late Czech-born philosopher of nationalism Ernest Gellner: “The dismantling of the Russian revolution may come to be seen as a disaster comparable with the revolution itself. I write as a life-long anti-communist. Yet I deplore the disintegration of the Soviet Union… because of my concerns about the need for continuity. Marxism had provided the societies under its sway with a moral order—a set of values which helped people to orient themselves. They knew what the rules were……

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