DEMOCRACY'S MANIFESTO by William O. Douglas

DEMOCRACY'S MANIFESTO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Justice Douglas does not pose an easy creed for democracy. He takes issue with putting the defensive policy against communism in negative terms; affirmative policies are needed, imaginative, aggressive policies. To this end he examines the status quo- ""a deterrent of massive retaliatory power"" phrased by Secretary Dulles, and the unfortunate consequences of this preoccupation with the military, the dealing with existent governments, the billions poured into the pockets of those at the top, the underwriting of feudal government, of free enterprise for which backward nations were unready, for the American market system, equally a misfit. Now at last we are putting people before dollars, using our aid to create democratic societies abroad. With this shift we are removing communism's greatest political asset -- but we had fallen far behind. The nuclear monopoly is ours no more; we must secure the border areas in other ways:- agreements to no aggression, regional pacts for defense, a backed guarantee of the U.N. We must accept some compromises with the realities of Berlin and China -- Formosa and the Middle East. Even if war is prevented we must face a continuing ideological struggle by offering positive evidence that the choice can be a Free Society rather than either Feudalism or Communism. And in closing chapters, Douglas sums up those steps that must be taken, those positive aspects of our beliefs. A small book that packs a terrific punch.

Pub Date: April 6th, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday