FRONTIERS IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY by Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy

FRONTIERS IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Is the theory of democracy sound? Can it, under new conditions of our time, succeed?"" Minnesota's Junior Senator, Eugene McCarthy points out that only history can provide the ultimate answer to these twin questions. He asserts that while we wait for historians to catch up with us, we must act as if we know that the answer to both will be in the affirmative. We dare not, in his view, let the challenges of our era go un-met. The ""significant political implications"" of modern life require that we focus rational judgment on the need to strike ""a balance between personal liberty and the demands of the common good."" He reflects on how religious faith may stimulate legislation to alleviate suffering. He contrasts the essential similarities and differences in political wings of thought, giving extended space to a picture of contemporary liberalism. He analyzes the nature of ethics in government, and morality in national life. He assesses the problems of a credit economy and its competitive position in a world of goods versus ideas. He touches upon the present-day value of such things as loyalty oaths and the literal inter-pretation of the Declaration of Independence. It contributes to one's feeling of security that a legislator of McCarthy's stature commands such a sweeping view of these topics. Knowing the problems gets a man at least part way down the road to some solutions. Watch this man!

Publisher: World