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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 1. March 02, 1950

Ivory towers

Ivory towers

Dr. Peter Munz described his personal rake's progress through theories of history, rejecting Spengler, Marx, Popper and Toynbee in turn, the more violently to embrace Munzism. The key to this faith is that "normal standards of truth are insufficient for the historian: an event is only what it appeared to be to its participants."

Prof. Marsh, on "trends in social policy," saw all the troubles of the world in unsatisfactory social relationships. His story was the old Oxford Group one about the piano that was out of tune. One pointed question asked if Prof. Marsh's panacea of making people love other people would solve the real problems of wars, depressions, juvenile delinquency and the breakdown of the family, or were these not due to the more fundamental facts of a parasitic social order? Long silence, and a considered "Not at all. Anyway wars and depressions are outside our province."