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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 5, No. 3 May 28, 1942

Science Under Fascism

Science Under Fascism

It is nonsense to say that fascism destroys science. What fascism does is something much more terrible for mankind: it perverts science to the greatest evil; it uses science against mankind; it degrades the scientist to the level of a clever beast. Only if we realise this are we able to gauge the strength and power of fascism and the strenuous efforts required, from us in our efforts to overthrow it. It is no accident that the only country which is winning gigantic battles against German fascism, the Soviet Union, does not tire of emphasizing again and again the strength still left to German fascism, and to call on everybody who loves freedom to give his best in the common effort to crush and annihilate German fascism. This sober evaluation of the strength still left to German fascism includes the knowledge that to-day there are still numerous German universities, research institutions and other places of "higher learning," where new plans for evil destructive activities are hatched out and taught.