AMERICAN NOTES: A Pill for Peace?

Dr. Kenneth Clark, president of the American Psychological Association, has proposed a startling cure for international aggression. The world's leaders, he told the A.P.A. meeting in Washington, should be required to take "psychotechnological medication"—pills or other treatments to curb their aggressive behavior and induce them to govern more humanely. Such a pharmacological fix, Clark argued, "would provide the masses with the security that their leaders would not or could not sacrifice them on the altars of the leaders' personal ego pathos."

The idea, which has been treated as more or less prophetic fiction by countless...

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