Walter Lippmann

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Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 - December 14, 1974), was an American journalist and commentator. Lippmann was highly respected in his day.

Lippmann began attending Harvard University at the age of 17 and under George Santayana, William James, and Graham Wallas. He concentrated on philosophy and languages, spoke German and French, and graduated in three years.

Lippmann was one of the founding editors of The New Republic magazine in 1913. Lippmann was an advisor to President Woodrow Wilson during World War I, and assisted in the drafting of Wilson's Fourteen Points.

Lippmann had wide access to the nation's decision makers and had no sympathy for communism. But the Golos spy ring used Mary Price, his secretary, to garner information on items Lippmann chose not to write about or names of Lippmann's sources, often not carried in stories, but of use to the MGB.

Lippmann is accredited with popularizing the phrase "Cold War" to describe the breakdown of the World War II Allied Powers alliance and the growing post-war tensions.

Lippman was a treasured figure of secular and humanist liberals, but if they were more consistent thinkers then they would have had reservations towards him because of his advocacy of Judao-Christian Natural Law[1].

{{cquote|The Contemporary liberal's fascination with Niebuhr, I suggest, comes less from Niebuhr's dark theory of hman nature and more from his actual political pronouncements, from the fact that he is a shrewd, courageous, and right-minded man on many political questions. Those who applaud his politics are too liable to turn then to his theory of human nature and praise it as the philosophical intrument of Niebuhr's political agreement with themselves. But very few of those whom I have called "atheists for Niebuhr" follow this inverted logic to its conclusion: they don't move from praise of Niebuhr's theory of human nature to priase of its theological ground. We may admire them for drawing the line somewhere, but certainly not for their consistency

External link

  • Religion, Politics, and the Higher Learning, Morton White, Harvard University Press, 1959 p.112