Books: Gloomy Debate

FAITH, REASON AND CIVILIZATION — Harold J. Laski— Viking ($2.50). OMNIPOTENT GOVERNMENT, THE RISE OF THE TOTAL STATE AND TOTAL WAR — Ludwig von Mises — Yale ($3.75). In their most recent books, Harold Laski and Ludwig von Mises write about the same world crisis. But a Zulu savage, should he be miraculously endowed with the ability to comprehend fairly complicated English, would hardly recognize it as the same. To Laski, the British socialist, the breakdown has been caused by a century of unbridled economic individualism and the cure is the traditional Marxist...

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