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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 13. October 4, 1951

Van Deusen on Foreign Policy

Van Deusen on Foreign Policy

Sir,—Your pugnacious reporter nodded when listening (if he did listen) to a question I addressed to Professor Van Deusen, and has achieved a complete misrepresentation. It is not surprising "that some people in the U.S.A. agreed with others." I however quoted Professor Van Deusen's remark that 95 per cent or more of Americans would agree with a certain clear cut view of world politics. It seemed to me that 95 was a high percentage of agreement for a nation of individualists to reach and that it was reasonable to seek some explanation of this phenomenon. Does your reporter disagree? And incidentally, does he regard as "puerile" anyone who feels any doubt whatever as to the desirability of accepting in every particular the line of dominant American opinion on the problem of how to live in the same world with Russia?

F. L. W. Wood