The Liberal Papers

The Liberal Papers

The Liberal Papers

The Liberal Papers

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This book of foreign policy essays grew out of discussions and papers prepared for a group of fellow congressional colleagues during the 86th Congress, 1959-60. The discussions were initiated because of disillusionment with many of the seemingly mindless policies that we as a nation were following. We were apprehensive of policies which did not solve problems but rather created even greater difficulty--a kind of difficulty that would end in decline and catastrophe for the United States both as a free society and first-rate world power. One could assign many causes for the treacherous course. We felt one important reason for the decline in content to our public policy resulted from a breakdown in communication in politics between the intellectual and the politician. The transmission belt of ideas, a sine qua non for successful politics, and provocative, but substantively sound positions indeed had become quite threadbare. Personally I felt that many of the ideas both in foreign policy and in domestic policy . . .

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