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James Burnham
1905 - 1987

Columnist for National Review and other journals, one-time Trotskyist, anti-communist, author of Suicide of the West and other works

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Congress and the American Tradition (1996)
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Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning & Destiny of Liberalism
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The most important practical consequence of the guilt encysted in the liberal ideology and psyche is this: that the liberal, and the group, nation or civilization infected by liberal doctrine and values, are morally disarmed before those whom the liberal regards as less well off than himself.

1964 - from Suicide of the West
The judgements that liberals render on public issues, domestic and foreign, are as predictable as the salivation of Pavlovian dogs.

1964 - from Suicide of the West
Modern liberalism, for most liberals, is not a consciously understood set of rational beliefs but a bundle of unexamined prejudices and conjoined sentiments. The basic ideas and beliefs seem more satisfactory when they are not made fully explicit, when they merely lurk rather obscurely in the background, coloring the rhetoric and adding a certain emotive glow.

1964 - from Suicide of the West