Rockefeller, Nelson A.
April 1960
Foreign Affairs;Apr1960, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p370
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the effect of the World War II, on the political conditions of the U.S. The great conflict of our time is not capitalism against Communism; it is freedom against tyranny. The future direction of the world depends on whether the values of human dignity and the brotherhood of men, whose expression in the U.S., has inspired so many new nations, can be given a meaning relevant to this time. In order to achieve the national purpose, the U.S. government must be sure to state correctly the nature of the political alternatives.. The debate on East-West negotiations has been largely dominated by two schools of thought. One--perhaps optimistic--has argued that a basic transformation of Soviet society is probably taking place. The second school of thought--has held the contrary view. Dismissing the changes in Soviet society as largely superficial, it has insisted that Soviet ambition remains unaltered and unlimited, with only the tactics modified to serve a stubborn and constant strategy. To date, the Soviets have largely defined this "relaxation" in terms that can only lead to piecemeal erosion of the free world.


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