I'd put this alongside of Max Lerner's It Is Later. Than You Think as a basis for a modern political and social creed. There...

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I'd put this alongside of Max Lerner's It Is Later. Than You Think as a basis for a modern political and social creed. There has been an unending flow of books on the subject of democracy, most of them angry books, challenging books, analytical books; few of them constructive books based on thoughtful study of what democracy has evidenced and whither it is tending. Arthur Garfield Hays does this and more. He evaluates the progress of democracy, opens our eyes to the complete change of viewpoint which has accompanied each major step forward, proving that within our present frame we can create a new picture, fitting the needs to the times, using, discarding, building on what is good for something better. He takes that difficult middle of the road path which is neither radical nor conservative. He accepts the profit motive and a capitalistic basis for planned economy and social legislation and orderly unionization. He shoots Communism and Fascism full of holes, as applied to the American scene -- and gives us something that holds fast to our own brand of democracy, and that has proved both in the past and in the present, as a workable basis for living. A grand job.

Pub Date: March 28, 1939

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1939