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Is that the Ridgefield Memorandum?
Yes. O.K. The Ridgefield Paper.
As the attack on Dulles has been rising all over the world,
it has more and more been centering on his politics of
moral right and wrong. The French papers have been trying
to get their sights on this issue, and only a couple of
weeks ago, a leading German paper--yes, in Adenauer's
Germany--had a long attack on Dulles as a Puritan, with
much reiteration that deplored the Puritan streak in
He then goes on to say--this is all I'll read you:
The struggle between Freedom and Communism is, at bottom, a
moral issue. And any serious moral issue is, at bottom, a
religious issue. This, I think, has been our feeling.
This surely is the message of Whitaker Chambers. The
uniqueness of Abraham Lincoln lies in the fact that he made
the moral issue clear: man is an ambiguous proposition.
He is never wholly right. He has never any occasion
whatever for self-righteousness. Now therefore, to put God
on your banner without self-righteousness? We must surely
support Dulles as vigorously as we can in this effort to
establish a moral basis for our world politics. His
handling of this supremely difficult issue in his United
Nations speech--[i.e. Dulles's United Nations speech]--was,
it seemed to me, excellent. In effect, he said that the
moral imperative of freedom was inherent in the
consciousness of the American, not something he was
inventing or enforcing. He eschewed coercion of others but
equally refused to deny the moral imperatives in the
I guess I want you to make any comment you want to on that but
really, the general--
It sounds--I don't remember the memo, but it sounds like
My question is how did this influence the magazines--Luce's views
as a Cold Warrior.
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