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The New Accountability

The world situation is very serious. That must be apparent to all intelligent people. I think one difficulty is that the problem is one of such enormous complexity that the very mass of facts presented to the public by press and radio make it exceedingly difficult for the man in the street to reach a clear appraisement of the situation. Furthermore, the people of this country are distant from the troubled areas of the earth and it is hard for them to comprehend the plight and consequent reactions of the long-suffering peoples.

—GEORGE MARSHALL, Harvard University; June 5, 1947

The Marshall Plan, or as it was officially called, the European Recovery Program was as visionary as the secretary of state and Nobel Laureate ...

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