A Plea for Balanced Judgment

Roche, John P.
April 1956
New Republic;4/30/56, Vol. 134 Issue 18, p28
The article focuses on the book "The Torment of Secrecy," by Edward A. Shils. The book gives reader, at least, a broader and deeper perspective on the paradoxical pluralism that sustains the society. The author might point out, to forestall charges of anti-intellectualism, that a methodology is vital to an analysis; that appeals to the author about Shils' work is that the methodology does not leap out of the book and overpower the reader. Shils' basic thesis is that the American people, faced with an unparalleled threat to their security in the mysterious and ominous workings of atomic energy, the Soviet Union, and international Communism, and unsure of the ability of their traditional pluralistic institutions to meet the danger, have engaged in an orgy of insecurity, a haunted quest for monism.


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