liberal economist. Ambassador to India
from 1961 to 1963. Chairman of Americans for
Democratic Action in 1967 and 1968.
people put their ballots in the boxes, they are, by
that act, inoculated against the feeling that the
government is not theirs. They then accept, in some
measure, that its errors are their errors, its
aberrations their aberrations, that any revolt will be
against them. Itís a remarkably shrewd and rather
conservative arrangement when one thinks of it.
are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there
is no exception. When an official reports that talks
were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing
modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest
exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for
a superior moral justification for selfishness.
contented and economically comfortable have a very
discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever
indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed
savings and loans associations . . . . But when taxes
must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the
government assumes an aspect of wickedness.
is not the art of the possible. It consists in
choosing between the disastrous and the
of the great leaders have had one characteristic in
common: it was the willingness to confront
unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in
their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of
Nothing is so admirable in politics
as a short memory.