The U.S., which thinks of itself as—and is—a two-party nation, found itself last week with eleven different presidential tickets. Besides the Republicans' Dewey and Warren, the Democrats' Truman and Barkley, the Progressives' Wallace and Taylor, the Dixiecrats' Thurmond and Wright, there were seven other entries. Their backers were few, fanatical, as noisy as their budgets would allow.

Socialist: for President, Norman Thomas, 63 (for the sixth time) ; for Vice President, Tucker P. Smith, professor of economics at Michigan's Olivet College. Advocating public ownership of natural resources, basic industries and credit,...

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