To My Grandchildren
Valerie Streit Schroth
Pierre Alexandre Rohatyn
Nicolas Streit 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, almost disappear.
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.
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
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 for.
"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