ORGANIZATIONS: The Old & the Slow

Some very young convention delegates wandered around the University of Chicago last week, scuffing through the fallen leaves, hands in pockets, deep in thought. It was a critical time for them and for the world.

Their organization, the Student Federalists (a tender shoot of Clarence Streit's Federal Union), was divided. Should they be practical and accept the United Nations as a step toward their goal? Or should they denounce U.N. as inadequate and demand immediate acceptance of their goal: the federation of the world?

The delegates—150 of them, representing the four-year-old Student Federalists' 3,100 members—came from U.S. colleges and high...

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