Chapter 5
The Home Front

I NOW PROPOSE to explore a few lines of action that seem to me desirable to counter the Communist "peaceful" offensive in our own countries. Later, I shall go on to consider related problems on the continent of Europe and in the less-developed nations of the world.

To make a general point first: Our actions in the political, social, and economic spheres-whether at home or abroadshould not be inspired merely by anti-Communism. That kind of negative basis is a poor one for any policy. In point of fact, all the activities most likely to be effective in defeating Communism are those we should undertake purely on their own merits--things we ought to do even if Communism did not exist--and to give them an anti--Communist label often makes them more difficult to do. By no means can we always kill two birds with one stone, but in this case nearly always. The policies we adopt to achieve our own ends, to bring about the kind of world in which we want our children and grandchildren to live, are also those best calculated to defeat the aims of international Communism.

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