IDEOLOGY AND TEE POLITICS OF SURVIVAL
Mr. President. In a recent national political campaign,
one of the candidates often concluded his speech with a
declaration that he would do “what is good for America."
Exactly what might be good for America he did not say.
He was elected.
Today Americans are still concerned with what is good
for America and surely survival is included.
In the nuclear age, as Aldous Huxley wrote, we must
concern ourselves .with the "polities of survival." We must
look beyond ideology and beyond nationality to the requirements
of survival in the nuclear age. To do this, we must try to
understand the traits of human nature which are common to all
men, the hopes and fears and prejudices and ambitions that
have nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with
humanity. We must try to understand that God did not endow
any nation with a monopoly of virtue or of malice. We must