Book Review: Appeal To The Nations

Edge Induced Cohesion

Appeal To The Nations, by Norman Thomas

Although this book was published in the immediate aftermath of World War II, before it became completely clear just how morally and intellectually bankrupt Soviet Communism and its fractious socialist kin were, the book is surprisingly topical even today.  Given the recent popularity of democratic socialism, which the author represented in various unsuccessful campaigns for political office in the 1940’s, in the contemporary political career of Bernie Sanders [1], the ideas of this book have gained a certain degree of popularity, and it is interesting to see how the writer positions himself to the left of FDR (who he views with a certain degree of disdain) and how he views the authoritarian Communist state of the Soviet Union with a certain degree of hostility as well, largely because of its abuses against its own people, and for its failure to go far enough…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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