The Student Progressive
This month the Harvard Liberal Union's publication appears under the name "The Student Progressive" and announces its intention to fill the gap in the serious student publication field on the national level. Denying all illusions about their ability to save the world, the editors have nevertheless marshalled together a series of articles which constitutes a well rounded political and economic program.
A beachhead is established by Professor Ivor A. Richard's article on General Education which he defines as "ordered questioning leading to . . . the highest or the deepest questions." From this point the questioning offensive broadens out to include every objective from civil liberties to foreign policy.
Ablest and hardest hitting is Durham M. Miller's article "Propaganda and Democracy." To offset the practice of the reactionary press of allowing the only meager, selected details to ooze through the policy-filters down to the average reader, he calls for a nation-wide network of intellectual-labor newspapers, the smashing of the wood pulp and press machinery monopolies, and the establishment of "watch dogs" over the public interest in an unshackled press. "World Government, But First One World," by Stephen M. Schwebel, strikes out at federalist perfectionists who "take legal symbols for social realities." "The Coming Economic Crisis in America," by George Goldstein, appears to be a digest of an honors thesis and is consequently well backed up by statistics. It suffers only slightly from the dry jargon of academic economics. He sets up the proposition that within the next two years the American economy will face a serious set-back, thanks to the lack of profitable investment outlets, the continued growth of monopoly, and the lack of purchasing power in the lower income brackets. His six point program to avert the crisis reads like a liberal's dream, but in the face of Republican control of Congress it is inappropriately the position of the proverbial snowball.
In general the articles in this issue are well written and informative. Space might be saved by using cartoons and graphs for certain non-contro-versia topics, and future issues will undoubtedly obtain articles from other colleges if the "Student Progressive" is to succeed in establishing itself as a national liberal publication.