Observations from Europe
MAY 01, 1959 by FREDERICK WALKER
Mr. Walker is an American public relations consultant and journalist now visiting
The all-out contest between the
It seems that American business, harassed as it is by growing state intervention, is nonetheless able to enter foreign markets with products at an attractive price, while completely state controlled Russian enterprise fails to offer the foreigner anything he wants or needs. The universal existence of American products, and the absence of anything comparable from
The fact that American enterprise can spread throughout the world while the Russians export espionage agents, munitions, and scare headlines suggests that the American economy has something the Soviets lack—namely, freedom. And our national policy ought to stress the why of this success. The testimony exists everywhere in foreign shop windows and on shelves where American products are for sale. Helping the foreign buyer understand why he can buy American foods, drugs, gasoline, and tobacco, while he has never seen anything from the
Many Americans in recent decades have tended to reject free markets in favor of the restraints of an expanding state. Free enterprise has too long been associated in many minds with the selfish interests of wealthy men and corporations as though they were public enemies; these critics do not see that free enterprise is equally beneficial to everyone concerned.
American foreign policy has tended to stress military might and foreign aid handouts while neglecting to tell the world that
American enterprise has proven its ability to produce, to enter new markets, to supply needs. But having accomplished all this, we now seem intent on throwing away our greatest strength to take a rocket to the moon ourselves.