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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript to realize economic and military integration, the Atlantic Community is " ithoul ei government. Can you imagine the hazards this nation would have faced if the thirteen colonies had refused to unite under the Constitution and had attempted to oper- ate eis independenl sovereignties through friendly diplomacy? That is precisely wlial llu' \tlantic Pact nations are now attempting to do. Witness the tremendous strain on our alliance with Great Britain, caused by the conflicting policies regarding Communist China. Witness the difficulties caused by France's fear of a remilitarized Germany. Such dangerous problems would l.e resolved by union—by lhe majority vote of the elected rcpre- ~< 111;iIi\•-- iii the Atlantic Assembly. Atlantic Union would permit Germany to assume her proper role as a key industrial contributor to the needs of the free world—while eliminating any possibility that Germany might reverl to a dictatorship or become an ally of Russia. Atlantic Union would bring the At- l.miii' democracies extensive savings and ei new ami broader basis for pros- perity emd higher living standards. \\.' arc presently committed lo. and arc paying for. el joint ele'le'ii-c e-ffeirt which ileu- mil provide real protection, even while costing ui billions of dollars. We are, in effect, maintaining fourteen differenl defense establishments, with all of thc inevitable duplication and waste. lack of coordination, and inefficiency that goes with the maintenance of such a many-headed structure. AMERICAN TAXPAYER DRAINED Thc ever-increasing cost of maintaining thi- defense structure is draining the American taxpayer eiml creating an eco- iieimii' burden which .American and At- lantic peoples cannot continue to bear forever. Under Atlantic Union, lhe savings in defense' rusts, which now account for three-fourths of our taxes, could be measured in billions. At the Mime' tune, ne woulel be- building up et military de- fense system which would so strengthen the Atlantic democracies lhal no aggressor woulel elan: lo allaek. Vi illi a complete integration of the North Atlantic forces lo include a unified design ol weapons, standardization eil equipment ami ammunition, coordinated Navy, Air and Land Forces, and above all a consistent and unified foreign policy, the total expenditures could be- reduced by one-third eunl pnn ide a better defense. How long can we keep up this competition in armaments bv going ii alone, or wilh a loose alliance onh. an.l mel go bankrupt? We must depend upe.n the superior quality of our equipment, an.I our technological improvements. But we musl al-ei obtain all the advantages of a closer cooperation and integration wilh those peoples who have practiced democracy for many years and who share wilh us iln- same sympathies and ideals. An Atlantic I nion. federating the I nited Sleites. Canada, Britain. France. Belgium and the Netherlands, would have adequate strategic bases throughout the world which could be used much nii.i'.' effectively than our presenl system of separate bases for each of our forces. \ comprehensive federal union of Atlantic democracies, with a common Foreign policy, a common defense, a common currency, a common citizenship, ami free movement of goods would he the surest, cheapest, and strongest way lo stop war. halt Communisl expansion, create prosperity, and extend freedom. U.S. WOULD PRACTICE- JUST PREACH • NOT If lhe I nited States would pass a re'seilulieiii proving thai we arc ready to explore the possibilities of going beyond NATO eunl ECA, wc would .In much to quiet European fears of our return to isolationism. We would show lhat we are' no longer just preaching federation lo Europe, hui thai wc arc preparing lo practice it wilh them. We would be offering lo explore union openly and freely on lhe basis ,ef the equality of our citizens with the citizens of small nations just as the Founding Fathers established our own federation of large and small stale-. Atlantic 1 nion is opposed as a matter of ritual by the small romnanl of isolationisl forces in our country. They bene mil yet been realistic enough to concede thai the 1 nited States has permanently discarded isolationism. The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty mav be regarded in the fulure as a symbol ..I America a repudiation of ils isolationisl tradition and of its realization of the responsibilities attached to the role of leadership in the world. Bul isolationists are nol the onlv opponents 'if Atlantic I nion. Some' partisans of world federation do not want to convert NATO into Atlantic I nion. because they fear Ibis would sidetrack their drive to converl the I nited Nations into a world federation. Other World Federalists take a more realistic view of Atlantic Union. While nol willing in give up llieir idea] ul a unified one-world, they realize thai the world is nol yel quite read) for world federation. They lake Ihe sensible view thai Atlantic I nion is a necessary intermediate slop toward the beautiful one-world ideal. And thai indeed it is. A comprehensive union of federal democracies would equalize the distribution of wealth ilni-s raising and leveling living standards over a large area of the world. Atlantic Union would thus eliminate many of lhe root causes of war. \ common defense and foreign policy for all the Western nations would remove international tensions and make peaceful coexistence with our Communisl neighbors a reality instead of a hope. Atlantic Union would reach lliese' goals very quickly. And once these goals arc reached, the final step into ei worldwide federation of eill nations would he relatively easy. • • • That was one side. The other side will come next. Here eire view-, of some who DO NOT Ihink lhe United Slales should join in a feilereil union with lhe Atlantic NATO countries. • • • Cecil Rhodes, wealthy British dia- monel merchant, dreamed of returning America to ihe British Empire and of extending British sovereignty over as much of the rest of lhe world as possible'. To further these ends, he left his easl fortune for scholarships al Oxford University, to train promising leaders who might carry out his purpose. Consequently, many American Rhodes scholars have been in lhe forefront of the work lo bring about a reunion of Greal Britain ami llie- United Slates. with the proposed union lo include also Canada, France, and the Benelux countries. The number of Rhodes scholars i" the United Stales is small—numbering a few over a thousand. Bui iheir influence is vastly mil of proportion io then" numbers. Rhodes scholars occupy strategic positions for influencing public opinion. Clarence K. Streit, a Rhodes scholar- is presidenl of Federal Union. Inc. and the editor of its magazine'. Freedom «'"' Union. Mr. Si nil is also ei member "' lhe Board of Governors of Atlantic I nion Committee. Oilier notables who are members ol llie Atlantic Union Committee: G W- Iheily. Jr., editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune; Mrs. Dorothy Soliif- publisher of the New York Post; Mr»; Meuk Ethridge, wife of llu- publisher "' the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Times: Grove Patterson, president ° lb.- Toledo Hlatle: Palmer Hoyt. publisher of the Denver Post; Gardne* Cowles, presidenl of lhe Des Moinf Register and the Tribune; Clayton I'rl'' chey, former editor of tin- New Orleans Item, and now celileir of lhe Deiiuiernl" Digest; William T. Evjue, publisher "' ihe Madison, \\ isconsin, Capital-Times' and Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, n"(l owner of the Houston Post. John Marshall Harlan, llie' new J"?' lice eel ihe Supreme Court, a Rhode8 scholar, has been a member of the Nf tional Advisory Council eif the Allan'"' I nion Committee since 10S2. and Page 36 FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, 1»55
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