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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945


The IRC recently invited Professor Lipson to give his views on "World Security and Peace Settlement." The end of the war in Europe has given us the opportunity to speculate and theories on this most imminent and vital problem. The difficulties which have been met and overcome only with compromise at the San Francisco Conference and the failures of the League covenant in the past have shown us that the Way will not be easy, and clear thinking and a complete knowledge of the situation is essential.

We have therefore reprinted Professor Lipson's address at length, in the hope that students will appreciate their individual responsibilities.

"First I should like to make clear," said Professor Lipson, "that during my address this evening I must assume that you are with me in desiring three things. Firstly, the development of a powerful international organisation. Secondly the creation of a super-state with authority over and above any other divisions, national or otherwise. Thirdly, a centralised international organisation and force, and the discouragement of narrow nationalism."

There must eventually be an international organisation at one centre to wield power over separate states, and the relationship of nation states to the organisation would be similar to that of local bodies to a national government. There could still be civil wars between member states, the possibility most certainly will be reduced. But all this will take a long time to build up. The last two wars are part of the transition period and we must try to get through the rest of it without any wars. We must realise that we cannot get everything at once but be perfectionists in the ultimate goal.