The Doctrine of 'All's Fair in Politics'

Eliot, Thomas H.
March 1955
New Republic;3/21/55, Vol. 132 Issue 12, p20
The article discusses the book "Government by Investigation," by Alan Barth. Barth spends a good deal of time stressing a 'Constitutional' theme, which is not altogether convincing. The book starts off in this wrong direction, arguing about checks and balances and the dangers of Congressional power. The theme seems to be that through its inquiries into subversion, Congress has disgraced itself, debased the executive branch, and usurped some functions of the Judiciary. The weak spot of this useful book is that there seem to be no answer to the problems, which Congressional inquisitions have created. Also there seems to be no explanation of why they began in the first place.


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