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vi·tal cen·ter

center essential to life; usually refers to the centers located in the medulla oblongata that are necessary for the maintenance of respiration and circulation.

vital center

Any of the centers in the medulla concerned with respiration, heart rate, or blood pressure.
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Even before the tumult of the 1960s, The Vital Center's glittering generalities proved increasingly inadequate to liberalism's needs.
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His great contribution has been constantly to seek its real meaning, in such seminal works of political philosophy as The Vital Center, The Imperial Presidency, and The Cycles of American History, or to chronicle its progress, in such histories as The Age of Jackson, A Thousand Days: John F.
For the writer who sounded the alarm about Communism in Life magazine in 1946 and in The Vital Center in 1949, warning liberals in no uncertain terms against the consequences of succumbing to the totalitarian temptations of the radical Left, has in recent years lent his considerable prestige to the anti-anti-Communist campaign that grew out of the political uproars of the 1960S.
These assumptions arguably (and crucially) misjudge public opinion, the nature of the "vital center" in American politics, Clinton's record and current intentions, and the value of bipartisanship.
Kennedy in the White House, The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom, and The Bitter Heritage: Vietnam and American Democracy.
Brownson: A Pilgrim's Progress (1939); <IR> THE AGE OF JACKSON </IR> (Pulitzer Prize, 1945); The Vital Center (1949); The General and the President (with R.H.
The funhouse-mirror images of communism and anticommunism had warped both right and left, and the burking blanket of the Vital Center consensus exempted shatteringly significant developments (e.g., the shuttering of small public schools via consolidation, or the massive corporate subsidy and aesthetic defacement known as the Interstate and Defense Highway System) from scrutiny.
that, "Hebron is a vital center of industry and commerce in the West Bank, and
"Thanks in no small part to Greater Jamaica, the Downtown has once again become a vital center of retail, civic institutions and culture," said Congressman Gregory Meeks, who said he put BDG president and CEO Ed Blumenfeld together with Greater Jamaica president Carlisle Towery to develop the retail plan.
The Vital Center, however, is Schlesinger's most important book that presents itself as a polemic.
research universities have become the vital center of this enterprise over the past 60 years.