THE GRAND DESIGN by Joseph Kraft


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The grand design is in this case Atlantic Partnership, ""a partnership in growth, plugging the U.S. into the dynamism of Western Europe and the Common Market"". This is a plea for its acceptance, for the recognition of the immense gain as opposed to the disaster attendant on rejection. Kraft has marshalled his arguments persuasively, from its genesis, its challenge, its growth as a concept. He argues the case for the under-developed countries, the need to close the gap between their goals and their lacks. He outlines the growth of the Common Market, its effect in achieving the miracle of Europe, the result in England's tentative steps towards joining, in the balance of payment crisis here. Atlantic Partnership, by which the U.S. could be allied to the Common Market, gives promise of dealing with problems- economic, military, political. The first step was the Common Agricultural Policy- the next the Trade Expansion Act. An adjustment policy in foreign relations was evident- with attendant dangers as well as strengths. Only Atlantic Partnership could secure constructive long term purpose in resistance and in strengthening the southern continents. Its genius is its basic simplicity- and Kraft outlines the successive steps and the end results. Revolution yes- but the alternative is disaster. Atlantic Partnership offers us a second chance. It must not fail.

Pub Date: June 6th, 1962
Publisher: Harper