The Nation: Anchors Away

Now for the fill-in-the-blank portion of our test. Pencils ready? If Rich ard Nixon gives Leonid Brezhnev a Cadillac, then the Soviet leader should give the President a . Well, what? What socialist product evokes the Communist system the way a Cadillac does U.S. capitalism? A personal, hand-controlled Sputnik? A collective farm?

It is a taxing problem, and the Russians have given up trying to solve it. Headed Nixon's way by freighter is a gift from Moscow as capitalist as they come: a hydrofoil boat. If it arrives in time for the Republican Convention, Nixon will be able to rooster-tail through...

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