Perkins, James A.
July 1966
Foreign Affairs;Jul1966, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p608
This article examines the development of foreign assistance programs in relation to domestic policies in the U.S. A man capable of change must be prepared to abandon the past as a guide to the present and to replace acceptance with dissatisfaction, even though the path ahead may be unclear. This first big step in human development must be nourished by exposure to change. And here education, mobility and visible example can be potent forces indeed. The new mobility can also bring change. The peasant who travels to the city market may find his route changed by a new road and the city transformed by a new airport. He is confronted with cars, machines, people in strange dress, and he returns with unfulfilled desires and comparisons for his own life. The United States as a mature but still growing nation has an apparently unlimited demand for precisely those people most desperately needed by the countries we are spending billions of dollars annually to help. The figures are by no means complete either for the flow of assistance or the counter flow of brainpower.


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