To My Grandchildren
Valerie Streit Schroth
Pierre Alexandre Rohatyn
and to yours
that they may be
"freer than all
that has been before"
FREEDOM'S FRONTIER -- Atlantic Union Now
Student Debaters Advance Edition
© Copyright, 1961 (and -- Book II,
Union Now -- 1940, 1949)
by Clarence K. Streit
A cloth bound edition of this book,
in larger type and with an index,
will be published
in April 1961 by Harper & Brothers.
PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The votaries of liberty will lay this book [Union Now] aside with a
sigh.... It will have conjured up a vision of the greatest political and
economic opportunity in history, by comparisons with which the opening of the
North American continent was a modest beginning ...
Gigantic opportunities would be opened up. A rise in the standard of
living of millions of consumers would result from the expansion of markets and
the consequent lowering of prices for mass-produced goods. Even a relatively
slight expansion in their known market would enable U.S. automobile
manufacturers (to take only one example) to cut prices, and cars would thus
become available to more persons, not only in the other states of the Union but
also at what we call "home." The economic history of the U.S.
demonstrates that this process is cumulative and that it would almost certainly
result in lower automobile prices than even Mr. Ford has dreamed of. There would
be an inevitable revival in shipping and in railroads, and hence in the
capital-goods industries behind them. Industrial unemployment might, therefore,
A genuine union of the democracies, then, opens up a vista of industrial
growth to which the only enlightening parallel is the growth of the United
States itself. At the time the American Union was formed the eighteenth-century
libertarian economists were preaching free trade. And the abolition of tariffs
within the borders of the United States provided for this doctrine the most
spectacular practical demonstration that any economic theory has ever had.
Fortune, April 1939 (Editorial on Union Now)
TWO BOOKS IN ONE,
WHICH TOGETHER GIVE
1939 FORECAST: "Marx's Das Kapital has brought a vast armed
Communism into being. Hitler's Mein Kampf has become the ready reckoner
of Europe ... It is safe to say, however, that another book is destined to
overshadow the two as a world-shaping power ... of supreme urgency, as its title
indicates, Union Now." Manchester (Eng.) Evening News.
TODAY Mein Kampf is dead, while Union Now's "world-shaping
power" is at the Rubicon, after having pioneered the idea ... of the
Atlantic community ... of uniting it, which NATO began to embody in 1949 ... of
securing peace and freedom by Federal "Union now of the democracies that
the North Atlantic and a thousand things unite,'' toward which 1960 moved by 1)
Congress authorizing a Convention to explore in 1961 how to strengthen NATO, 2)
the Rockefeller-Nixon proposal of Atlantic Confederation, 3) Kennedy's platform
pledge of "broader" Atlantic community "partnership."
FREEDOM'S FRONTIER -- ATLANTIC UNION NOW
In this new work, Mr. Streit gives the basic text of his original plan
unrevised as Book II, so readers can put it -- and his thinking now -- to the
test of time. Book I briefly makes some changes in the plan, but mainly pioneers
anew, especially in clarifying the sovereignty issue.
Two U.S. Revolutions and
Today's Fog over Sovereignty
In stimulating contributions to thought that make this book rival
world-famed Union Now, Mr. Streit brings out that ... there were two
American Revolutions ... today's confusion over sovereignty began in the First,
which made the citizens instead of the state sovereign within each of
the 13, but not between them ... the replacement of its Confederation
with the Federal Constitution should rank as a Second Revolution because it made
the citizen, for the first time in history, sovereign between states ...
confusion over whether states or citizens were sovereign led to the Civil War
100 years ago ... it causes us now to sacrifice our true sovereignty in the
Atlantic community for Moscow's brand of national sovereignty ... for free
government to live within nations we must create it between them
by replacing the NATO alliance now with an Atlantic Union of sovereign citizens
... by doing this now we can vastly advance our individual selves, the country
we love, the freedom we cherish and homo sapiens -- "everything we
are and belong to."
* * *
I think Union Now is the most undeservedly neglected book of the
past quarter-century ... may be one of the turning points in history. -- Erwin
B. Canham, Editor, Christian Science Monitor, in The American Scholar 1956.
What Will Your Grandchildren Be When the U.S.A. -- the First Federal Union
-- Is 200 Years Old?
Mr. K boasts they will be Communists.
Clarence Streit has dedicated
FREEDOM'S FRONTIER -- ATLANTIC UNION NOW
to his grandchildren "and to yours, that they may be 'freer than all
that has been before.'"
Which will they be?
This book presents -- simply, clearly, inspiringly -- a concrete,
time-tested plan to end the Communist danger without war, and build "a
higher civilization than Man has attained, anywhere, any time." It tells
why "no people ever had such cause for faith and hope as we -- nor such
means to turn them soon into reality." It tells how you yourself can have a
part in founding now the "more perfect Union" of the Free to which the
Second American Revolution dedicated the Federal Union it created.
Read the Introduction -- see if this isn't the book you have been waiting
"Some day ... something like what Mr. Streit suggests will have to come
to pass, either now or after we and our children's children have waded anew
through rivers of blood." -- James Truslow Adams in The New York Times Book
Review, 1939. Some day? Why not now?
Contents -- Introduction