Excerpt from Modern Man: Slave or Sovereign?: Report of the 16th Annual New York Herald Tribune Forum, at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, October 20, 21 and 22, 1947
It is perhaps indicative of the uncertainty in which we live that this year's Forum theme, Modern Man: Slave or Sovereign? Ended with a question mark.
Each year the Forum programs have centered on one over - all subject designed to provoke discussion on the basic issue of the times.
This year a major concern of men everywhere is the quickened cooling that is Spreading cracks in the One World that war welded. Misunderstanding between East and West appears to be more than a problem of balance of power politics or of conﬂicting economic interests. It has to do with the conﬂict of belief about man's need for freedom as an individual. Thus, the 1947 Forum attempted some questioning about the destiny of modern man in terms of certain immediate issues that can increase man's sovereignty, or diminish it.
The program first considered America's own problems of liberty the disenfranchised residents of the District of Columbia, the struggle for statehood by residents of Alaska and Hawaii, the experiment in democracy in occupied Japan, and the problem of universal military training.
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