Lincoln Gordon

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Lincoln Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Begins abruptly.

[Note on tape box indicates the only first 29 minutes of this program were aired on the radio due to limited air time]

Lincoln Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs speaks about the current state of the area. He compares Greece after WWII to Latin America today. Problems like illiteracy, poverty and ill health in the country side and slums in the city of Athens are similar to much of Latin America today. The general consensus was that the country required development and modernization - not revolution as is discusses in many Latin American countries today. He believes a violent revolution - such as the one seen in Russia, China and Mexico in 1910 is unnecessary. The violent revolution results in a huge loss of life.

He speaks specifically about cases in Peru, and contrasts that situation to the violence social revolution in Cuba.

He mentions other underdeveloped regions and the revolutions taking place there - notably in regions in Africa and Indonesia. He contrasts violent revolution to the hard work of economic development.

He holds that representational democracy is not perfect anywhere, so it is unrealistic to expect for it to be immediately viable in these underdeveloped areas. Gordon states that hybrid governments are practical and productive under given circumstances.

Gordon notes that in the past 36 years there were more than 3 coups per year in Latin America. Mexico was the only exception. It remained free under a "one-party democracy" during this time.

Discussion of plans for summit meeting for Latin America.

Program continues with impassioned speech by Victor Riesel in regard to the treatment of newsmen working in Vietnam. Some have been beaten, held captive, or not permitted to file their stories. As such, the Overseas Press Club wrote a letter to Premier Ky in protest to this brutality. A response on behalf of the Premier is read.

Questions and answers follow.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72244
Municipal archives id: T3159