The Political Principles of Robert A. Taft

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Robert A. Taft has been neglected by some historiansand political theorists and vilified by others. Vigorouslyand impartially written, this book analyzes the ideas andinfluence of a great U.S. senator of the twentieth century.Here readers will find a close and lively examination ofTaft’s convictions on freedom, justice, labor policy, socialreform, foreign affairs, and the responsibilities of politicalparties.Respected for his intelligence and integrity, RobertTaft was considered the most remarkable public man ofa turbulent political era. He was strong and candid, yetwas repeatedly denied executive power. Despite this, hewill undoubtedly be long remembered.Drawing on many contemporary sources, includingthe Taft Papers in the Library of Congress, Kirk and Mc-Clellan set Taft in historical perspective. Taft’s enduringsignificance to a normative theory of politics is made clearin this careful study, which includes extensive quotationsfrom his outstanding speeches and writings. Available inpaperback for the first time, this edition includes a newintroduction by Jeffrey Nelson, who has been closely associatedwith Russell Kirk.

Author Biography

Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of The Conservative Mind, Eliot and His Age, The Roots of American Order, and twenty-six other books in several fields. He was the president of two educational foundations, editor of the quarterly University Bookman, recipient of several literary awards, and has been a visiting distinguished professor on both sides of the Atlantic. James McClellan (1937-2005) was James Bryce Visiting Fellow in American Studies at the Institute of United States Studies of the University of London and before that Senior Resident Scholar at Liberty Fund Inc. Some of his works include Joseph Story and the American Constitutional and The Federalist: A Student Edition. Jeffrey O. Nelson is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He edited two book collections-Redeeming the Time, by Russell Kirk, and Perfect Sowing: Reflections of a Bookman by Henry Regnery-and is co-founder of the Russell Kirk Center.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Editionp. ix
Introduction Notep. xxi
A Politician of Principlep. 1
Taft's Memoryp. 1
Ohio Politicsp. 7
The Face of the New Dealp. 11
From Cincinnati to Washingtonp. 16
Foundations of Democracyp. 24
First Months in the Senatep. 24
Practical Alternativesp. 28
Debates with T. V. Smithp. 34
A Reputation for Probityp. 37
The Struggle for Responsible Partyp. 40
Statesmanship through Partisanshipp. 40
A Party in the Wildernessp. 41
Taft's Understanding of Partyp. 49
The Republican Dilemmap. 55
Liberty Under Lawp. 62
The Shadow of the Total Statep. 62
Liberty and Orderp. 67
Civil Rights and Civil Responsibilitiesp. 72
Universal Military Trainingp. 77
The Moral Basis of Freedomp. 81
The Restraint of Powerp. 85
The Primacy of Justicep. 85
Taft against the Executive Forcep. 90
The Contest with President Trumanp. 96
Congress and Foreign Affairsp. 98
The United States and Nuremberg Justicep. 100
The Future of Justice and Freedomp. 105
Organized Labor and the Public Interestp. 109
Justice, Power, and American Laborp. 109
An Enemy of Labor?p. 112
The Freedom of Labor and the Railroad Strikep. 116
The Taft-Hartley Actp. 119
Successful Defense of the Taft-Hartley Actp. 125
An Enduring Work of Equityp. 128
An Economy Humane and Freep. 132
The Charitable Society and the Socialist Statep. 132
Equality of Opportunity in Educationp. 139
The Nation's Health and Socialized Medicinep. 142
Federal Aid in Housingp. 148
The Credo of an Humane Politicianp. 153
A Foreign Policy for Americansp. 158
An Isolationist?p. 158
Confronting War and Imperialismp. 165
The Struggle against Communist Arms and Ideologyp. 174
Taft in Retrospectp. 185
Taft and Permanencep. 192
A Taft Chronologyp. 197
Indexp. 207
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