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John H. Manley

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Resolution of conflict, easing of stress must come from the penetration into many groups of wide and common interests which, by a process of dilution, will weaken other groups often artificially maintained.
It is of considerable importance, then, to look for large groups of individuals bound together not by temporal ties of tradition or political artificiality, but by tested ties of common interest so world-wide, indeed so universal, as to be recognized by any individual.
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in Science in Crisis, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Mar 1959, Vol. 15, No. 3 (p. 114), ISSN 0096-3402, published by Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, Inc.

 
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