Who Needs the Liberals?
ONE MIGHT HAVE hoped that the two years since the defeats of 1968 would have have produced a mood of reappraisal among American liberals, and some major new programs and strategy for this year and the difficult road to 1972. Yet the most important book since the Nixon election has been that of the young conservative, Kevin Phillips. Phillips deals in hard realities, and talks rather shamelessly about some of the uglier trends in American politics. On the whole, his approach may be too lowbrow for those who have assumed the leadership of the Left.
There are however, two short books by liberal political commentators which have some importance: Who Needs the Democrats and What It Takes to be Needed by John Kenneth Galbraith,* and The Hidden Crisis in American Politics by Samuel Lubell.
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