Europe Is Dying
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 23 Feb 1950, p. 221-236


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Europe Is Dying


The importance of the doctrine of Karl Marx and the apparent success of the political imperialism associated with it. Communism in Eastern Europe and advancing Communism in Asia. The will of free men as the real defence against Communism. The speaker's conviction that no system based on oppression can be maintained over a long period of time. The methods and progress of Communism in the larger theatre of events. The phase of Communist activities in the Universities. The International Student Service, devoted to the maintenance of intellectual freedom and the development of international understanding among the members of the University community throughout the world. A history of the organisation, formed at the end of the First World War to meet the urgent need for relief in the European Universities. Work done between the two World Wars. Beginning again the word of international contacts that had to be neglected during the second World War. The Communist organisation called the International Union of Students. The first meeting of the IUS. The ISS offering opposition to the IUS. Limitation of such opposition, particularly financially, with illustration. Urging Canada and other Western countries to support international student activities. Opportunities in Southeast Asia to show our belief in the principles of Democracy. What the ISS is doing within the limitations of its budget. Combatting the Communist threat through International seminar. Description and discussion of the second such seminar. The issue of over-population. The move towards the United States of Europe. Difficulties in attempting to form such a union. Opposition to the Federation of Europe from the British government. The problem of Germany. Trying to understand the psychological characteristics of the Germans. How the occupying powers have failed most tragically. The rising tide of Nationalism in Germany. The need to re-educate the German people. Assistance needed in Europe from countries like Canada, more than financial assistance. Self-preservation as a motivator to assume the responsibility of maintaining Western Europe and encouraging the Europeans to maintain the institutions of a free people.