ON their birthdays, to ward off the demons that abound, the Twi-speaking peoples of West Africa smear their bodies with eggs. In other lands, where clothing is more complete, expression more verbal and eggs dearer, other customs prevail; it is not unknown for the birthday boy, among his friends, to say a few words about what's on his mind. TIME, the Weekly Newsmagazine, is 30 years old this week. TIME's birthday theses:

¶ That despite the "complexities" of the day, democratic public opinion can know enough to make the right decisions—provided that the press and the intellectuals do their job....

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