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In his second Godkin Lecture delivered yesterday and entitled "Planned Economy in an Oppressive State," Lewis W. Douglas attacked the authoritarian thesis from two angles: a mistaken conception of the State, and the harm which such a State must bring to the consumer.
Those who advocate complete State ownership of all property and means of production, said Mr. Douglas, "conceive of the State as something more intelligent, endowed to a greater extent with wisdom, than are the individuals which are but its integral parts. Though doubtless they would not concede it to be true, they must believe that the State can do no wrong. This, it seems to me, is an illusion, for the State is composed of its integral parts, the individuals acting through their representatives. The State is therefore subject, at least, to all of the fallacies, errors, ignorances and prejudices, of those who compose it."
Pointing out that politics have always governed the acquisition and tenure of office, Mr. Douglas said that under a totalitarian State, even if the form of democracy were retained, it would be impossible to prevent politics from creeping into the planning--this would either eventuate, or a bureaucracy must be created, so powerful as to entail the abandonment of "all of our cherished lib- selections, a brief violin recital by Malcolm H. Holmes, a quartet singing popular undergraduate music, an exhibition of monocycle riding, and winding up by more selections by the Glee Club with the whole crowd finally joining the Club in singing football songs.
For the final entertainment of the evening, there will be dancing in 3 of the Houses, lasting from 9.30 to 1 o'clock. The orchestras of Jack Marshard, Kent Bartlett, and Hoctor will provide the music at Lowell, Winthrop, and Eliot, respectively.
The list of Junior Ushers, who will act at all informal exercises during the week, having accepted the invitation to usher are:
Herant J. Adzigian, Reese L. Alsop, Robert Amory, Jr., John Page Austin, Arthur A. Ballantine, Jr., Nelson S. Bartlett, Jr., Albert E. Berry, Charles F. Brown, Thornton Brown, Samuel R. Callaway, H. Adams Carter, Robert S. Chafee, Pearson C. Cummin, Jr., Thomas G. Curtis, F. Stanton Deland, Jr., John Dorman, Gerald W. Downer, John T. Ducey, Jr., Thomas H. Edmands, Richard C. Ernst, Hayden Estey, Paul F. Fox Guy Garland, John Gilbert, George V. Goulder, William Gray, Robert Grinnell, George Gulian, Robert Hall, W. Davis Hardwick, John M. Hartwell, Jr., Richard C. Hayes, Michael Hovenanian, John S. Howe, Richard Illoway, Richard C. Johnson, Francis Keyes, Graham King, Robert H. Knapp, Frank B. Lawson, Charles P. Lyman, Alexander S. MacDonald, Jr., David Macdonald, George H. Marlow, George E. Mercer, Malcolm Millard, Stanley R. Miller, Jr., Frederick R. Moseley, Jr., Edward Motley, Jr., Charles L. J. Noble, Rodman W. Paul, Arthur Perry, Jr., Lewis Perry, Jr., John G. Piper, Robert S. Playfair, Selwin Pratt, William C. Quinby, Jr., Andre C. Reggio, Gordon Robertson, Arthur M. Sherwood, 3rd., William A. Smith, Francis H. Stanton, Robert M. Terrall, Philip H. Thayer, Jr., Richard E. Voland, Nelson D. Warwick, Paul Wessinger, Le Moyne White, John D. Whittemore
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