Berkner, Lloyd V.
January 1958
Foreign Affairs;Jan1958, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p221
Academic Journal
From the vantage point of 2100 A.D., the year 1957 will most certainly stand in history as the year of man's progression from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional geography. It may well stand also, as the point in time at which intellectual achievement forged ahead of weapons and national wealth as instruments of national policy. In this article, the author examines earth satellites' symbolism to foreign policy. According to the author, the earth satellite is a magnificent expression of man's intellectual growth, of his ability to manipulate to his own purposes the very laws that govern his universe. One should not make the mistake of seeing in the satellite merely the symbol of a foreign power's military progress. Irrespective of the usual interaction of scientific and military strength, the satellite symbolizes an intellectual attainment that may dominate the period immediately ahead as the most powerful single instrument of national policy.


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