National Affairs: A Faint Umbilical Cord

Public hearings on the European Recovery Program ended last week. Before they did, all kinds of citizens had come forward to speak their minds. George P. Murdock, a Yale anthropology professor, thought ERP should be abandoned in favor of "the greatest Red Cross drive in history." Joe Scott, president of the League for an Undivided Ireland, wanted a guarantee that England would get no money to perpetuate Irish partition.

Jolt. Big Labor sounded off, too. Officially, Big Labor was all in favor of ERP. C.I.O. President Phil Murray cried that it would be "well-nigh criminal" to reduce ERP's appropriation by a billion...

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