OPINION: Our Own Ignorance

For eight months, as chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nürnberg trials, Robert H. Jackson, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, had listened to Nazi bigwigs trace the rise & fall of Hitlerism. The big lesson of Nürnberg, he told a New York lawyers' meeting last week, was that Hitler doomed himself when he exiled scientists, suppressed information and halted intellectual progress. Why not, asked Jackson, in effect, let the Russians, who are making the same mistake, wither in their own stupidity? Said he:

"Smugness can put an iron curtain around us as effectively, as government can. The ignorance that I...

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