SELF-DEVELOPING AMERICA by Harold J. Ruttenberg

SELF-DEVELOPING AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As he said repeatedly, Ruttenberg adheres to a burning patriotism and a love for all that America stands for: the dignity of the individual, spiritual freedom, abundance for everyone. His loyalties are irreproachable but there are many instances of woolly thinking. He has cast life-force principles into the moribund mold of fuzzy, obsolescent, slogan terminology- ""experiment in peoplehood""- ""striving is painful""- etc. He is at least partly correct in asserting ""America's example is the most powerful force-idea in the modern world"" but that does not necessarily imply, as he insists, that ""everybody loves America"". He weaves together the preachments of Abraham Lincoln, the Kingdom of God on earth, and everything short of Mother to back up his contention that ""the time has come... to facilitate the development of a world-wide welfare society"". It requires, however, great effort to comprehend the nature of ""E-ism"" in which he tries to awaken Americans to the wonderful potential of an Economy of Excellence in Everything for Everybody Everywhere through Education and Enterprise. To those who yearn after undefined goals, he may appear as a true prophet; clarity of purpose does not exactly characterize many members of his audience. But in the light of simple logic, his syllogisms wear thin.

Publisher: Harper