SOCIALISM ON THE DEFENSIVE by Norman Thomas

SOCIALISM ON THE DEFENSIVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A disappointing book. One looks for a definition and analysis of modern Socialism, a study of its defects and its strength -- and one does not get it. Mr. Thomas assumes too intimate a knowledge of Socialism on the part of his readers. He discusses the totalitarian state, fascism, communism, the Popular Front -- and the effect on Socialism. The book lacks fire -- it is too dispassionate -- he has intellectualized a subject which demands some warmth of emotion. He attempts to present the world situation, but that has been done -- and done better. He urges the Socialist to stick to his guns and not compromise by supporting allied or kindred parties. He isn't specific enough about what to do, now. He presents a world in turmoil -- he rejects communism, he rejects the New Deal, he thinks a real labor party is still in the future but has no program for achieving it.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1938
Publisher: Harper