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Democratic Blueprints: 40 National Leaders Chart America's Future
Democratic Blueprints: 40 National Leaders Chart America's Future
Edited by Robert E. Levin
Hippocrene, 1988, 533 pp
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The authors are Democratic Party presidential candidates, senators, congressmen, mayors and publicists. Their essays are mostly standard speeches slightly revised. The emphasis is overwhelmingly economic: we must restore competitiveness is the reiterated cry. Difficult issues of class, race and social conflict are slighted. There is little discussion of foreign and defense issues except for some bland criticism of wasteful military expenditures, some grumbling over economic rivals, and a good piece on Third World debt by Bill Bradley. Sadly, there is almost no evidence here that Democratic leaders are thinking of America's future in a world context.