A Honduran who was involved innplanning U.S. covert activities says thenUnited States has been giving weapons,ntraining and intelligence assistance innHonduras to forces that are fightingnthe Sandinlsta government in Nicaragua.nHis story, given in interviewsnover the last few days, largely wasnconfirmed by two senators on thenSenate Intelligence Committee and anhigh Russian administration ofiicial.nThe copy was provided by The NewnYork Times News Service and featurednon the front page of the Chicago TribunenThe names of “a” Honduran, the “two”nsenators, and the “high” official werennever provided. Why we should believenthe Times and the Trib that “they” evennexist is unclear. What gives the pressnsuch irrational &ith in their own credibility—afternall the cant, lies, biases, distortions,nand reckless unaccountabilitynthat each of us has observed in theirnpages for the last three decades? Is itnsome sort of elephantiasis of self-ascribednmight or cosmic chutzpah, or a monstrousncontempt for the mental capacitynof their defenseless serfs—the readers? DnTin: AMKRICAN PROSCKMLMnThe Ingersoll PrizesnOn May 19,1983, Mr. Clayton R. Gaylordnof The Ingersoll Foundation, Dr.nJohn A. Howard, president of The RockfordnInstitute, and Mr. Leopold Tyrmand,neditor oi Chronicles of Culture, made anspecial announcement at a receptionnheld at the Meridian House Internationalnin Washington, D.C. Two major prizes innliterature and the humanities have beennestablished by The Ingersoll Foundation,nwith the cooperation of The RockfordnInstitute; henceforth, they will be awardednatmually for exceptional cultural andnintellectual achievements. The prizesnare named:nThe T. S. Eliot Award for CreativenWritingnThe Richard M. Weaver Award fornScholarly LettersnEach award carries an honorarium ofn$15,000. The sponsors of and donors tonthis new cultural initiative—whose goalsnare well defined and which aims at offeringna bona fide service to the society andnthe nation—believe and hope that thencaliber and worth of the prize recipientsnwill determine the prizes’ fiiture prestigen50inChronicles of Culturenand influence.nDr. John Howard commented at thenreception: “During the past year The IngersollnFoundation has engaged in a prolongednconsideration of its purposes andnhow they might better be served. Itnseemed to us that the various organizationsnour Foundation has been supportingnare all forced to cope with a seriousndeficiency in the society: there is amongnthe participants of most groups a diminishingnsense oi personal responsibilitynfor the well-being of the group. The individualnis less inclined to carry his fullnshare in a joint endeavor, be it a family, ancorporation, a city or a nation. The rightsnof the individual are being regularly assertednagainst the claims the group makesnupon him, but the obligations that fallnupon each person as a community membernare seldom addressed. Service tonone’s country, sacrifice to make a betternhome for spouse and children, pride inndoing one’s job weU, and other principlesnthat strengthen the commonweal arenseldom projected as ideals to be willinglynand gladly embraced, as sources of abidingnsatisfaction The establishment ofnthe IngersoU Prizes addresses that centralnconcern of ours, but does so in anproject of a much larger magnimde. Ifnthe citizens no longer respect and em­nnnbrace the standards of behavior whichnconstitute the foundation of the free society,nit is, we believe, not that the peoplenhave consciously and rationally rejectednthose standards, but rather because theynhave not been effectively ititroduced tonthem. There are talented scholars andnauthors of our time who address and illustratenand affirm the foundational principlesnof civic order and human dignity,nbut thefr works are not given the attentionnwhich they merit. In order to bringntheir lights out from under the obscuritynwhich the priorities of contemporarynculture have assigned to them, we havenestablished The T. S. Eliot Award innCreative Writing and The Richard M.nWeaver Award in Scholarly Letters.”nMr. Tyrmand stated in his remarks:n”In 1969, the National Book Award innthe Science, Philosophy, and Religionncategory went to R J. Lifton iot Death innLife: Survitxyrs of Hiroshima The PulitzernPrizes for nonfiction were awarded tonNorman Mailer, for The Armies of thenNight, and Rene Dubos, for So Humannan Animal: How We Are Shaped by Surroundingsnand Events This was also thenyear Leo Strauss published his last book:nLiberalism, Ancient and ModemnI cite this example not to challengenthe stature of the awardees or their writingsnbut only to make clear that the worknof a paramount thinker might have beennignored precisely because it was momentousnand pregnant with profound ideologicalnand political contents. Leo Strauss,na scholar and refugee from nazi Germany,nspent 20 years at the University of Chicago,nwhere he laid the philosophicalngroundwork for the restoration of thenconservative intellectual power innAmerica. He devoted haff his life to fosteringnthe ideas he believed necessary tonsafeguard the American republic, perhapsnmankind’s last rampart in the stru^enfor a society structured upon what hencalled value judgments. Today, thenAmerican universities are well stockednwith young philosophers and historiansnwho call themselves Straussians. Thenpolitical upheaval of 1980 probablynwould have been impossible withoutn