The Corner

Question For Paul Johnson

Back in the 1960s, when Paul Johnson was editor of the London New

Statesman, I was a devoted reader of that journal. (It is now sadly

declined.) I recall that in one of his weekly diaries he passed an

observation to the effect that there were only two things he was sure of:

one, that money is the root of all evil, and two, that the only cure for

unhappiness is hard work. I should like to ask Mr. Johnson whether, in the

subsequent 37 years, he has revised his opinion on either of these points.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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