Statement to the Washington Post commenting on the Presidential Candidates

Item

Title

Statement to the Washington Post commenting on the Presidential Candidates

Contributor

Long, C.

Creator

Bertrand Russell

Date

May 20, 1968

Identifier

Bertrand Russell Archives, Box 9.15, 220.148751a

Language

eng

Rights

McMaster University

Source

Bertrand Russell Archives

Text

THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
A COMMENT FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

To those who wish to dismantle the American empire, create full employment, destroy the ghettos and respect black rights, the major candidates are irrelevant combinations of empty rhetoric and personal ambition. Humphrey is totally discredited after four years as Johnson's cipher. Robert Kennedy's cynical, calculating ambition is unequalled. His embarrassment at the failure in Vietnam does not conceal his complete orthodoxy on foreign policy. McCarthy, the least unattractive major candidate, failed to develop an articulate or frontal attack on Johnson's Vietnam policy and, like Kennedy, would leave all the major assumptions of foreign policy unchanged. Nixon would probably be the most dangerous man in office.

Bertrand Russell
May 20, 1968