THE NETHERLANDS: Sewer Socialist

Willem Drees is the kind of Socialist the Reds denounce as a "Sewer Socialist." They are right in a way, for Drees would rather give his people sewers today than promise a proletarian heaven in 1984. Starting 39 years ago as a Socialist councilman in The Hague, Drees ascended the ladder to power, reform by reform—always carefully administered, of course, and with a thrifty eye on the budget. In World War II, Drees was imprisoned in Buchenwald for a year, then served as a member of the underground directorate which the Dutch, with stolid inspiration, called...

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