Adolf A. Berle, Jr.

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US diplomat Adolf Berle (1895 - 1971) gives a speech at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, circa 1950.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Burley, Chairman of the Liberal Party, answers questions about politics and the Liberal Party.

Moderated by Jay Nelson Tuck.

Panelists: Stan Siegel, Peter Franklin, Ed Stover, Geri Ferraro


The Liberal Party "carries forward the ancient division of the Democratic Party." Liberal Party doesn't follow Tammany Hall lines very often. National Parties must exist within the states. There are no National Parties in the US. There are 49 state parties, which are grouped together in the Presidential nominating sessions. Most Liberal Party members are Democrats. Gov. Harriman's election was helped by the Liberal Party. Unemployment insurance increase vetoed by Harriman because of riders. Support for Hogan, initial objections. Temporary cease fire in the Taiwan strait; there will be no permanent peace until a balance has been reached between Communist Powers and Western Powers. The Liberal Party is not trying to create a third national party. Responds to Republican accusations that a Democratic Congress would invite socialism. Con Ed's influence to raise the subway rates. The Liberal Party is not backing Adam Clayton Powell and does not agree with his view of patronage. UN plebiscite for communist countries. Nixon in South America. The Liberal Party did not endorse the Democratic candidate for Attorney General

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72127
Municipal archives id: LT8253