The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, June 25, 2004
And you thought Bush was dumb...
Taking a little time out from the current fray to appreciate the politics of yesteryear, I come across an online copy of Arthur Schlesinger's The Vital Center of 1949 .
From my incomplete reading, it appears to be a statement of centrist Democrat principle in the era of Harry Truman's Red Scare, triangulated between the Taft Republicans on the right and the Wallace-ites  on the left (for whom he has very harsh words).
In places, I'm reminded of some of Christopher Hitchens' less moderate invective for the Iraq war, and against the peaceniks: in a month in which Bo-Bo Man David Brooks has come in for criticism for his sweeping generalisations unsupported by evidence, it's interesting to note that Schlesinger cleans his clock  in that department .
When he gets more specific, he becomes interesting: in a passage (starting on page 128 ) on the CPUSA, we get (page 136n) a quote from Earl Browder (still party secretary, I think) in 1944, whose new line was that, in the light of wartime cooperation (Big Three pow-wows, Second Front and so forth) capitalism and communism could peacefully co-exist :
If JP Morgan supports this coalition and goes down the line for it, I as a Communist am prepared to clasp his hand on that and join him to realize it.
JP Morgan died in 1943 .
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