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By William L. O'Neill

ISBN-10: 0887386318

ISBN-13: 9780887386312

This ebook chronicles the fight between non-Communist leftists and liberals over American relatives with the Soviet Union from 1939 in the course of the Fifties. Few now care as passionately and as violently as humans did then approximately Soviet-American kin. It used to be a time while acquaintances grew to become enemies, and others solid unusual alliances, all within the identify of commitments that this day look distant. A higher World inspires these instances and their offerings, and explains why those long-ago battles nonetheless arouse such deep emotions today—and should.

americans who have been pro-Soviet with no being contributors of the Communist party—“progressives” as they referred to as themselves—had a wide emotional funding within the Soviet Union. From 1935 to 1939 actually thousands joined the “Popular entrance” of pro-Soviet organisations. O’Neill takes us throughout the surprise of the Stalin-Hitler pact of 1939, during the revival of the preferred entrance spurred via executive and company aid after Russia entered the struggle opposed to Hitler. He lines the isolation of the anti-Stalinists, the increase and fall of Henry Wallace, and the eclipse of progressivism. And he explores the transferring allegiances of intellectuals as they struggled, usually with one another, to persuade the process public debate, with long-lasting results for American mind, tradition, and morals.

As O’Neill observes in his creation, “More than any of my different books A larger World encouraged correspondents to ship me probing or reflective letters.” It used to be this reaction, besides the extreme severe debate spurred through preliminary booklet of this quantity, that makes the book’s carrying on with value transparent. The dream of attaining a greater global via radical violence by no means dies, and the willingness of apologists to grasp to utopian visions persists. so long as it does, the teachings of this e-book have to be to be had to us.

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The major point unifying all of them is that the notion that social movements are completely separate from the state doesn’t really describe reality. Rather, movement actors are deeply intertwined with policy makers inside the state—or at least portions of government. Policy makers incorporate some of the ideas, personnel, and concerns of social movements into the governmental process. At the same time, challenging social movements look to government not only for policy response, but also assets in waging a political struggle.

Worse for movements is when domestic bureaus are captured and their missions subverted by nonexpert political operatives. Patronage political parties will often fill bureaucratic positions with nonexpert party loyalists, and, worse, domestic bureaucracies can be captured by opposing interest groups— as when regulatory bureaucracies are filled by appointees from the industry that they are meant to regulate. These groups may also cultivate ties with key members of Congress and form iron triangles or policy monopolies (Baumgartner and Jones 1993) that become more difficult over time for challengers to influence.

Townsend, a laid-off, sixty-four-year-old Long Beach physician, and Robert Earl Clements, a thirty-nine-year-old real estate broker (see Amenta 2003, ch. 2). The purpose of the organization was to promote the enactment of the Old Age Revolving Pension plan, which Townsend had first outlined in some letters to the editor of the Long Beach Press Telegram in September 1933. The plan, with its $200 monthly pensions to all nonworking citizens over sixty years of age, excluding criminals, was designed to end the Depression and ensure prosperity through extensive and mandatory spending, as well as to end poverty in old age and elevate the status of the aged.

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