OPINION: Mixed Drinks

The only living ex-U.S. President stirred up a wind last week.

The world, said Herbert Hoover to 1,800 U.S. editors and publishers in Manhattan, had drunk too deeply of the "mixed drinks" of three ghosts: "the shade of Karl Marx with his socialism, the shade of Mussolini with his dictated economy, the spook of Lord John Maynard Keynes with his . . . perpetual endowment for bureaucrats. And we have contributed an American ideology of giveaway programs. It might be called the New Generosity. It is not yet a ghost."

He did not reject the idea of government aid for the young...

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