By far the most interesting magazine that regularly crosses my desk is National Review. This, I suppose, says as much about me as about the magazine. I have to “keep up” with the magazines and journals that have to do with my studies. We subscribe to the usual run of magazines in our home, and I manage to keep up on the non-family magazines in the barber shop and on airplanes. (Magazines are enemies to books, and one has to find time for books also.) But National Review is something else. The editor, William F. Buckley, Jr., who is conservative and Roman Catholic, manages to wade through the common media mishmash to come up with remarkably interesting and astringent comments on men and events. One who is interested in keeping a balanced view on things is led to think time and again, “Well, I’d better take another look at this.” And most of what he says is irresistibly convincing. Try it on for size sometime.
In the June 15 issue the editors analyzed, by way of one hundred questions, “Opinion on the Campus.” This followed in most questions other analyses made in 1958 and in 1961–63 and gives us some understanding of the shifts that have taken place. The findings are not encouraging. For example, the students polled would rather be Red than dead. If “all other alternatives were closed save a world war with the Soviet Union or surrender to the Soviet Union,” 54 per cent would prefer surrender and 37 per cent would prefer war. “Surrender has grown in acceptability in all twelve schools. In the earlier poll, over-all, only 25 per cent preferred surrender; 67 per cent would rather fight.” At Brandeis 69 per cent preferred surrender, which raises some interesting questions about persecution of Jews in Russia at the present time.1
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