Last week the pinko weekly New Republic gave itself a 25th birthday party. To its swank, Lescaze-designed Manhattan skyscraper office it invited representatives of that amorphous, shifting, elusive, body of opinion that is known as U. S. liberalism, displayed for them a 94-page supplement called The Promise of American Life. Present were amiable Robert Morss Lovett, Government-Secretary of the Virgin Islands, a New Republic editor for 18 years; Freda Kirchwey, editor of The Nation, the rival (74-year-old) liberal intellectual journal that looked exactly like the New Republic to outsiders, very different...

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