To those who charge that liberalism has been tried and found wanting, I answer that the failure is not in the idea, but in the course of recent history. The New Deal was ended by World War II. The New Frontier was closed by Berlin and Cuba almost before it was opened. And the Great Society lost its greatness in the jungles of Indochina.
ATTRIBUTION: Lecture at Oxford University, NY Times 22 Jan 73

George McGovern (1922-2012) American historian, author, politician
Lecture at Oxford University (Jan 1973)

Reported in the NY Times (22 Jan 1973)

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