Political Reconstruction

Political Reconstruction

Political Reconstruction

Political Reconstruction

Excerpt

The journalist is at least reasonably certain that the editorial he wrote on the night before, still holds true on the next morning when it is read over the breakfast table, provided the reader does not turn on the radio. The political scientist trying to interpret this age of world revolution is in a less enviable position. All he can be sure of is that what he brought to paper in many nights under the rationed oil of the midnight lamp, will be hopelessly dated when at long last it reaches the bookstores. Many writers, therefore, well aware that they cannot keep up with contemporary history, blithely turn from facts to speculation. Hence the innumerable blue-prints for a brave new world, the dreams out of the political Arabian nights, the products of a fertile imagination roaming at will over the no man's land of the "it ought to be."

Giving title to a book is always a difficult task; and the one given to this may be misleading. The volume is not just another stratospheric flight into utopia. It does not pretend to be another advance installment, in paper currency, to finance the coming millennium. If there is anything in which the author believes he can take pride, it is in not having turned out another finely wrought piece on the coming world organization, world federation, world peace. If anything, he is a prophet in reverse, who tries to envisage the future in the light of the past. He prefers to remain on the terra firma of established facts, historical experience, human nature in politics.

Yet this is a revolutionary book. It does not advocate the overthrow of the legally constituted government by force and violence--a method the accomplished Fifth Columnist of our time and age would scornfully term clumsy and old-fashioned; but it tries to overthrow, by argument and illustration, the . . .

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