The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom

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Transaction Publishers, 1970 - Political Science - 274 pages
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With a new introduction by the author The Vital Center is an eloquent and incisive defense of liberal democracy against its rivals to the left and to the right, communism and fascism. It shows how the failures of free society had led to the mass escape from freedom and sharpened the appeal of totalitarian solutions. It calls for a radical reconstruction of the democratic faith based on a realistic understanding of human limitation and frailty.
 

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Pulitzer Prize winner (with his Age of Jackson) and probably the youngest important historian in the United States, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. here speaks for a generation that came too late to fall ... Read full review

Contents

POLITICS IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY
1
THE FAILURE OF THE RIGHT
11
THE FAILURE OF THE LEFT
35
THE CHALLENGE OF TOTALITARIANISM
51
THE CASE OF RUSSIA
68
THE COMMUNIST CHALLENGE TO AMERICA
92
THE RESTORATION OF RADICAL NERVE
131
THE REVIVAL OF AMERICAN RADICALISM
157
THE TECHNIQUES OF FREEDOM
189
FREEDOM IN THE WORLD
219
FREEDOM A FIGHTING FAITH
243
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
257
NOTES
259
INDEX
269
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