A Mid-century Appraisal: BACKWARD AREAS

Although, to the Western scientist, the technical side of production may seem easy, it is enormously difficult to the larger part of the world. Throughout Asia, Africa and large parts of Latin America, production and living standards are dangerously lower than in the U.S. and Western Europe. As India's Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar put it during M.I.T.'s panel on "The Problem of Underdeveloped Areas": "Here are great areas that can fall victim to communism, for what better material for communism is there than people who cannot even sustain themselves? . . ."

Old-style colonial imperialism...

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