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But even though Solidarity struck at the very basis of the Leninist party, it was still a partial revolution, in fact hardly a revolution at all, since the revolutionaries self-consciously limited themselves to what they claimed were nonpolitical activities.

In that year, however, the increasingly clear evidence of trouble finally convinced him to take even that potentially fatal step. On Saturday, June 24, 1976, a compliant Sejm (the Polish legislature) accepted the government's recommendation to raise food prices as of Monday, June 26. To no one's surprise, the strikes began as soon as workers reported for work on Monday. Unlike 1970, however, when the government improvised its repression, in 1976 the regime was well prepared. The largest strike broke out in Radom, a sizable industrial city and a provincial capital.

For Kotakowski, the very necessity of regimes to concentrate power hinted at a potential weakness. 41 This will complete the work of depriving the system of its small remaining meaning and is therefore a cause for hope that the system is not as eternal and all-powerful as it presents itself as being. But for Kotakowski true hope did not lie in the working out of the inevitable historical process of the system's division and decline. That kind 22 The Walls Came Tumbling Down of thinking was the underlying mistake of hyperrationalism.

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