Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 10. 1965.
NZ In Danger — Says Buchanan
NZ In Danger
In the vitally important area of foreign affairs, New Zealand is in increasing danger of becoming a one-party state. This view was put forward by Professor Keith Buchanan at Victoria University's Teach-In on Vietnam.
It is the absence of articulate opinion on most issues and the conformity of information media that make the Teach-In so important, he said.
"We have witnessed on the part of our politicians a confused reaction on the Vietnam situation.
"Every time a nationalist leader talks of colonialism or nationalism we find ourselves unable to understand what he means. If you treat a man as a Communist, he finishes up by becoming one," he said.
Prof. Buchanan explained that so far our actions around the world, especially in South-east Asia, have helped draw nationalism into the hands of Communism.
"The strong and irresistible force of emerging nationalism exists all over the world. It is important to realise that our involvment is not only the involvment in a domestic problem, but involvment in a worldwide problem: a war against hunger." Prof. Buchanan concluded that since the hungry and disinherited people of the world are to be found mainly amongst the coloured people of the world we find ourselves involved in a problem involving racialism.