Letters, Jun. 28, 1954

Character & Fate


Many a thoughtful man, musing over his second Martini and the evening paper, has had the uneasy feeling that 1984 was much closer. TIME, June 14 brought the era of doublethink several decades closer in an article linking the names of McCarthy and Oppenheimer, setting forth a disturbing philosophy on the responsibilities of governments. The thinking man, and there are many such, was brought up short by such samples as this: "Freedom must always be tailored to the facts of life."

The thought must surely have occurred to others. The...

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