Key Jr., V. O.
August 1953
New Republic;8/10/53, Vol. 129 Issue 2, p20
The article discusses the book The Decline of Agrarian Democracy, by Grant McConnell. If one were compelled to prescribe a single vantage point for an understanding of the uniqueness of American politics, he might well advise that the republic be viewed through the window of agrarianism. And the qualities of agrarianism itself could be very well discerned through an analysis of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). McConnell's book makes a respectable contribution toward filling the need for independent study and evaluation of the AFBF. He deals mainly with the history, policies, methods of operation, and organization of the AFBF and his materials on these matters make an enlightening case study in modern pressure politics. The great transformation of agrarianism of this century repudiates the traditional agrarian distrust of power. Not only has agrarianism dried up as a source of egalitarian and democratic doctrine that percolated through the whole of society and made all Americans more or less farmers at heart. Even within the precincts of agriculture itself a great structure of power has been erected.


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