National Affairs: Plowshare

After ten years of beating, Congress last week transformed a monster sword into something faintly resembling a plowshare. It was the War Department's $160,000,000 project on the Tennessee River at Muscle Shoals, Ala., a power dam to generate electricity to fix atmospheric nitrogen to make nitrates to make explosives to blow up the Enemy.

Nitrates can also be used to make fertilizer for farmers. Electric power never comes amiss. Hence the decade of debate, which was between men who thought the Government should keep and run Muscle Shoals to benefit farmers and men who thought the Government should sell or lease...

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