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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 7. 1962.

W.A.C. Camp

W.A.C. Camp

Socially and intellectually, the weekend camp held by World Affairs Council turned into a roaring success. 50 students in attendance.

Friday evening was spent by campers getting to know each other. The company split up in groups in different huts, some conversations continuing well into the morning.

Came Saturday, the campers heard a talk which was the highlight of the camp.

Lecturer in Anthropology, Ken Maddocks (Auckland) gave a talk entitled "Primitive Societies and the Myths of Communism and Anarchism." He examined the anarchism of primitive tribes pointing out that their anarchism was caused by a low level of output and energy. This example was being used fallaciously by modern-day Anarchists.

Wolfgang Rosenberg, lecturer in Economics at Canterbury talked on "The Economics of Underdeveloped Nations." He claimed that the land could be utilised by central planning. To achieve this, there must be one party government. This proved the main bone of contention in the ensuing two-hour discussion.

"Twelve Angry Men" was screened on Saturday evening. This was followed by an informal social evening, people spending their time dancing, talking, eating, while there was a modicum of light drinking.

Workers' View

Late Sunday morning, Trade unionist Toby Hill arrived to put the worker's point of view. Although not entirely logical, his talk was generally stimulating.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon, there was an organised debate on central planning. The case against this central planning, although based sometimes on hazy terms, was generally the most convincing. Unfortunately, no floor speakers added anything worthwhile to the argument.