Trade unions are at one with business men in believing that mass-production private capitalism offers the world's best answer to poverty and unrest—and believing too, that it is a progressive and revolutionary system compared with many of the backward class-ridden regimes they find in Europe and elsewhere.
—C. A. R. Crosland, "The Transition from Capitalism,"
New Fabian Essays, 1952
We cannot afford to leave foreign policy to the State Department.
- Walter Reuther, 1953
Early in the cold war years, Walter Reuther was the most famous American labor leader in the world. His name recognition was always far greater than his actual power in international trade union affairs, but in the cold war context, appearances had their own political leverage. To millions in Western Europe and Asia, the disappointments and frustrations Reuther encountered at home seemed largely inconsequential measured against his energetic appearance as the cosmopolitan representative of American liberalism, a humane and refreshing