have given to us the unthinking acceptance of mere facts, of superficialities which are no better information about the human race than that which a man on Mars, if he had a sufficiently powerful telescope, could get by observing its antics. In other words, with no sympathy nor psychological understanding presupposed. Of course, the papers do permit themselves the luxury of analysis once in a while, if the terms may be kept at the level of generalities so that no one may be offended, or if the events are sufficiently remote, as with a foreign war, so that not many people here are closely affected. But on the significant and vital matters they are silent. I even sometimes suspect them of having deliberately provided themselves with a kind of innocuous news in the world of sports so that attention could be drawn there and away from the fundamentals that might offend someone--for it is undeniable that American interest in sports owes more to the newspapers than to anything else."

"The War Monger would lead some human beings into a premature and absorbing fear of other human beings,"--M. A. G., Sparta, Ill. "We are distressed by the unscrupulous attempts of the war-makers to misrepresent the country's opinion as being overwhelmingly behind the President's motives. Nothing is more important than to keep artificiallyproduced war fever down,"--E. V., Stanford University, Calif. "We are as anxious as any intelligent Americans to see America stay as far removed as possible from this holocaust of hatred and wholesale murder,"--W. E., Ojai, Calif.

"Isaiah once said 'the fruits of righteousness shall be peace',--which puts the two in proper order I think. And when his nation went into a war hysteria, he said 'in quietness and confidence shall be your strength', not an arms race! I certainly appreciate your bulletins, and think Isaiah would too!"--Rev. J. R. B., Philadelphia, Pa. (1)

July 31, 1940


NOTES
(1)
Bulletin #83, "Another Symposium From Our Correspondents Letters", was made up of quotations from letters stimulated by the preceding. Here space prevents only the briefest recountal. Independence of thought, and freedom to express it, is the essence of democracy. This is lost under dictatorship, is not permitted in an autocracy. We are losing it,--and not too gradually.

Again the democratic process has worked. Writing Congressmen, voicing protest, has halted autocratic executives (cf Bul #44). It is a noble little band

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