February 9, 1935 - Editorial - The Art of the Possible, by George Lorimer

Spengler defines Conservatism as the "art of the possible." There could be no clearer definition in a single phrase.

With New Dealers alternately crooning sweetly, if vaguely, over the radio about the beauties of Liberalism and damning Conservatism for its sins of omission and commission, there is need for a clear-cut definition of terms. What is a Liberal, and what is a Conservative, and, above all, what is the New Deal? It has had all the propaganda and ballyhoo that Barnum could have given it, but does anyone, as the end of the second year of its reign over the American people approaches, know just what it really stands for, besides spending, and just where is it heading?

There is still much talk about the Democratic and Republican parties, but every sensible man who has given five minutes' thought to the subject knows that the old parties are nothing but names and shells. There are, it is true, still two parties, but one is the chameleonlike New Deal party and the other is the Conservative party. If the latter tried to be anything but a Conservative party, it is nothing, and the sooner it hauls down its fighting flag and hoists a yellow one the better.

The New Dealers have, of course, been carrying on a steady drive, using their remarkable powers of invective, to make it appear every venal banker, that every Wall Street plunderer, and at times that much of business and industry, is Conservative in the sinister sense with which they have endowed the word. (pg. 26)

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