The Coming of a New Party

The Coming of a New Party

The Coming of a New Party

The Coming of a New Party

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There exist books giving a history of political parties in the United States; describing the rise and fall of new parties; giving an analysis of political tactics; diagnosing our present political ills; picturing our economic situation in its social effects; and arguing for a new party. Mr. Douglas has taken essential elements from all these fields, and has put them together in a single book. He has not laid them side by side in a mechanical way; he has combined them in a vital union. There are so few who have mastered the variety of facts which Mr. Douglas presents in this book that to most of its readers it will bring a genuine political education-- and this quite independently of whether or no they agree with his conclusion about the necessity of a new party. The spirit, the ardor, the hope, which permeate the book make it an inspiration as well as an educative force.

We have here no remote academic argument for the coming of a new political movement. We have a vivid and authoritative picture of the existing American scene--documented, concrete, moving. The reader feels that he is not dealing with the opinions of the author as to why there should be a new party, but with the factors in our industrial and social life which are bound to bring one into existence. Mr. Douglas has so marshalled the material that we see political forces on the march. The difficulties in the way of creating a new party are not evaded; they receive full consideration. But as one reads one is made to see forces at work which will overcome these difficulties. The picture of the forces shaping . . .

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