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of a strong person as a candidate. It seems that in my book I have not talked much about my own feelings about the third term, but I had very definite scruples about the third term, partly on political grounds. I never was afraid that this country would get to be a dictatorship the way the French are if they have a long term for any Premier, because I don't think there's the slightest inclination in that direction. I was against it because it does create a monolithic and an inflexible kind of political situation in which the younger people and the people distributed out over the country don't take much interest in politics if there continues to be no change at the top, because when there's no change in personnel at the top then there are likely to be no changes in the administrative society all the way down. The President is well satisfied with the work of the people he's got in high administrative posts and he tends not to change them. By the time they've been in office two terms they're well satisfied with the people they've got working for them. They like them. They're accustomed to them. They all work together very well. Their work's grown more efficient. They don't change their staff. So the turnover is very slight and there is not that opportunity for the aspiring young person, the aspiring





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