Magazine October 20, 2008, Issue

‘United in the Faith, Differing on a Particular’

USS Nevada transits the Panama Canal, February 1923. (Naval History and Heritage Command)
In which our heroes debate the Panama Canal

In 1977 Warren Steibel, the producer of my television show, Firing Line, came up with the idea of supplementing its weekly schedule with special two-hour programs four or five times per year. The first of these, in January 1978, was a formal debate on an issue that had divided the American Right.

The question of the Panama Canal’s future had recently become acute when President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty that would cede control of the Canal Zone to Panama. This would mean a diminution of American control over the canal itself, and a hint of any such thing — especially

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