The United States and the United Nations, Promoting the Public Welfare: Examples of American Co-Operation, 1945-1955

By L. K. Hyde Jr. | Go to book overview

chapter two
From Plan to Reality

. . . we are providing here a mechanism by means of which maladjustments can be corrected.

Leo Pasvolsky, 1945


LOOKING OUTWARD

As an economic power the United States in 1945 might have been viewed by an interplanetary observer as representing fifty-one per cent of the world. Industrial production was about forty-nine per cent, steel output sixty-four per cent, telephone installations fifty- four per cent, automobile ownership seventy-four per cent. And so it went. The observer might have assumed that such a power would wish to see that the forty-nine per cent minority interest of the other partners in the world was placed and maintained in the best possible condition--for the best interests of the majority partner, if for no

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