Foreign Policy and the Free Society

Foreign Policy and the Free Society

Foreign Policy and the Free Society

Foreign Policy and the Free Society

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In their search to determine what a free society is and how it may be maintained in twentieth century America, the Consultants on the Basic Issues to the Fund for the Republic determined that it was necessary for them to examine, among other things, the consequences for liberty of the foreign and military policies of the United States. Four meetings of the Consultants during the winter and spring of 1957-58 were devoted to this question. Out of these meetings grew the papers presented in this book by Walter Millis and John Courtney Murray. The book also includes a highly abridged version of the Consultants' "conversations."

All of the Consultants participated in the discussion and all are represented in this abridgment except Dr. I. I. Rabi, who felt that his position as a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee forbade placing his views on the public record.

The papers and the discussion make no attempt at definitive answers to the extremely complicated questions involved in the foreign and military policies of this country in their relation to the character, standards, and goals of the free society. There are, in fact, disagreements on many points, consensus on a few, and no conclusions. However, we believe that the material herein is worth presenting as-- to quote Father Murray's words on the final page of this book -- "a contribution to public understanding."

ROBERT M. HUTCHINS

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