Nation: Throwing the Book

Late in the Eisenhower Administration, a band of liberal Democratic Congressmen decided that their party and their country needed "new ideas." They set up a sort of study group, asked intellectuals from various fields to help out by drafting papers on foreign and domestic issues. This "Liberal Project," as it was called, died off—partly because the papers were on the heavy side, and partly because on Election Day 1960, five out of the dozen or so members of the group lost their seats in the House of Representatives.

But now, a year and a...

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