Politics 1960

Politics 1960

Politics 1960

Politics 1960

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POLITICS 1960 presents the major economic, social, and international issues confronting both the nation and the voter in a presidential election year. This collection from the writings of the leading statesmen and political analysts in recent and current American politics has been prepared for use by every responsible citizen who is-or should be--vitally concerned with the national and international politics that will play such a decisive part in choosing the next President of the United States. Even more than in recent presidential elections, the 1960 Republican and Democratic candidates, as well as the public, must be aware of their increasing responsibilities. The voter cannot analyze a candidate's awareness of his responsibilities without knowing what is going to be demanded of the next President. It has, therefore, been our objective to present various views of these responsibilities for the information and guidance of the voter who will, of course, choose the next President.

Part One, "The Processes," presents a many-faceted analysis of our political system, especially as it operates in a presidential year and as it will influence and persuade the voter. Accordingly, the articles in this part focus attention on political parties and political pressure groups; the Presidency is also closely examined in some of its many dimensions. The emphasis changes in Part Two, "The Issues," to a presentation of conflicting views of the most important issues confronting the public and the government today. Regardless of which party the next President represents, he must have made his position on these vital issues sufficiently clear to have won the confidence of the majority of the American voters. Certainly other important issues will confront the voter in 1960, such as agriculture and the problem of surpluses. We do feel, however, that the issues presented are major issues: whether they are debated in the campaign on a partisan basis or not, they are part of the political climate of our time and thus deserve thoughtful consideration.

Since many of the selections included in this collection have been excerpted, we have taken the liberty of giving some of them titles to indicate the nature of their content as presented in this book. We have . . .

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