THE NATION: The Tug of Freedom

"American policy," said Secretary of State John Foster Dulles last week, "is conducted on the assumption, as a working hypothesis, that free governments in the long run are going to prevail, and despotic governments in the long run are going to go under." Dulles was answering a question at his weekly news conference, and even as he was talking, Russia's Nikita Khrushchev was maneuvering and striking against the Stalinists in one of the great upheavals of Kremlin history (see FOREIGN NEWS).

The West took the upheaval in its summer stride, as if the appeal of freedom and erosion of despotism were...

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