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have diverted attention from the admirable work it is doing in others. . . .
"UNESCO can do valuable work in
promoting understanding and personal exchange among relatively well-
educated peoples, but in that field it
is not alone; at most, it can only fill
crevices between the activities of universities, learned societies, publishers,
and national organizations. . . . But it
is still far from clear that that is what
UNESCO has in mind."
To the silly esthetic boondoggling
described above by the Economist,
we can add one more late morsel: the
prizes offered and awarded at the
recent Venice Biennale by UNESCO
which became simply two or three
others added to an already endless
list of small cash and honors offered
by tourist bureaus and insurance companies. They may sound like a tiny
thing, which it probably comes to in
money and importance, yet these
prizes are somehow typical of the
most unpleasant and most dangerous
fault of UNESCO, certainly in the
arts — namely, its obvious wish and
will to set itself up competitively, and
on the same level, with existing organizations, instead of as a liaison in
order to make the best possible use
of them, as the founders of UNESCO
intended. But that original premise
has now disappeared under the hand
of the firmly entrenched intellectual
Tammany -Hall which today inhabits
as well as rules UNESCO.
Hence, of course, UNESCO finds
itself, among other odd occupations,
literally in the publishing business —
and in the art field, in it with expensive, huge volumes that have recently
been reviewed by competent authorities as inferior to equally recent, commercially published books on the
same subjects. But it is projects like
these which create soft jobs and free
travel for UNESCO functionaries.
So also do, of course, international
conferences like the one with the
fancy name, at Venice, a few months
ago. This turned out to be a no more
successful performance of the long-
range idea of creating a UNESC
run international artists' associati
for which an equally expensive
of a general rehearsal, a sort of pi
ning conference, had been held
UNESCO at Venice two years befo
It was severely criticized for powa
yet eventually ridiculous efforts by
Italo-French bloc to ram through
own procedure, ideas, and cod
Now the same thing has happen
again, on a larger scale and a 1
easily combatable one, a few mon
ago — with no press observers invl "'
(why?). As soon as official reports
cleared for release, we shall publ
an account based on experience]
the considerably disillusioned Uni
States delegation of artists.
What can be done about UNESC
How do we control (in order to ■
having to halt entirely) this sored
apprentice we have called into be'
Better decide and act before it '
rushes one more major, gratia
fueling, at home and abroad, fcj
Facts Forum Panel Discusses UNESCO
Guest panelist for a recent- thought-provoking television program dealing
with the subject of UNESCO was Professor Willmoore Kendall (center!,
former Rhodes scholar, now professor of political science, Yale University.
Regular panelists were (left to right) George Hamilton Combs, former
Congressman I D-Mo.), television commentator; Hardy Burt,
William Buckley, Jr., publisher and editor of the new weekly, 'i
Professor Charles Hodges, teacher of international r
U. Following are some of the highlights from the program.
is your opinion
Question : What
Kendall: It is one further example of
the rash of new international
organizations that were set up in
1945 and after in the general
atmosphere of optimism about
world peace, and with the general
purpose of speeding our progress
toward that better world which
our political leaders had promised
us as a reward for going into
World War II.
It is a going concern of the kind
we political scientists call a bureaucracy. It is a bureaucracy of
800 experts strong, with palatial
offices in Paris, and with tin annua"
budget, dug in large part out of
the theoretically bottomless V
of the American taxpa>'1'
$8,000,(XH) to spend on v/h^
manner of foolishness its 1'"''
directors happen lo adopt *
moment. One critic has d1'
an "international WPA for u
I Combs: UNESCO is without p"^
conduct any operation in an>
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