THE REPUBLICAN OPPORTUNITY by Raymond Moley

THE REPUBLICAN OPPORTUNITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Raymond Moley, ""brain truster"", a former professor of political law and long-time columnist, presents here a proudly partisan argument advocating the return to and revivification of conservatism's permanent principles. However, he does not offer the exhortation from an extremist position; rather, giving little comfort to know-nothing rabble co, he attempts a cool and comprehensive survey of our government's socio-economic fundamentals, the changes they have undergone with the rise of liberty- encroaching Welfarism, the increasing trend of the Kennedy administration towards bureaucratic centralization, and the dangerous superstructure well-meaning, if bug-eyed, liberals have built upon the Constitution's ""Doric simplicity"". Along the way, he denounces the dream marriage between socialism and freedom, the often fantastic, always false assumptions of planning cu, the ""voting-right"" lists of labor unions and the whole thirties legacy of taxes, inflation, regulations. Free market individualism, states rights and the religious, not the Freudian, ethic should be the shaping forces heralding the ""Republican opportunity"". A sometimes stuffy but generally piercing and perceptive food for thought assay.

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 1962
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce