THE ATOMIC AGE: Self-inflicted Wound

People generally mean by propaganda that which influences others but not themselves. Constant emphasis on propaganda thus carries the prideful risk of regarding other people as more gullible than oneself. This little lesson came home to roost last week. For two weeks the U.S. Government had been living uneasily with the prospect that the U.S.S.R. would announce unilateral suspension of nuclear weapons tests. Last week, when Russia did, even Secretary of State John Foster Dulles conceded that Russia had scored "a certain propaganda victory, or at least, a success."

Washington particularly feared a...

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