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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 2, February 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript posed to guide me. These people held forth the slogans of "prosperity for lhe people" "The support oj the people" "fight against the depression" "fight against discrimination" —these were dear to me. I never saw the cynicism of the party until I actually reached the national committee in 1942-43 and began seeing the dreadful faces of the people who were manipulating ibis thing and using people like me lo entrap millions of people into il on an idealistic basis. Q. When would you say your internal break with the parly began — the beginning of the disillusionment which led to a total break? A. It takes you a long time to become a Communist. 1 ou don't become a Communist overnight because communism is a complete failh — it has a complete set of ethics for itself and a complete set of rules as to how to operate. Nor do you unbecome a Communist overnight; the processes come little by little. As I rose in importance, I began realizing that there was a tremendous cleavage between lhat which the Communists preached and lhat which the Communists were doing. Lor instance, it was my opinion thai they were out to help organize- the workers. Then suddenly I was put into a situation where the Communists prolonged a strike, long beyond the point where it was necessary for the workers to win. in order to harden tin workers. I began to break with the party then. I found that the Communists preached against gangsterism and against corruption; then I found the Communists banding over wads of money to people on the waterfront to encourage gangsterism. I began breaking with the party then. But a thing doesn't come altogether. Sometimes when you sec a 1 j tlle thing, you attribute it to one individual; you don't attribute il to the entire movement. You think the movement is fine but individuals are corrupt. So assiduous are they in developing your attitude toward the Soviet Union as the motherland of socialism, as the place where they've established something which is for the improvement of society, that the last thing which dies in you is a sense that in the Soviet I nion they have rem bed the Utopia. Q. What about the propaganda created by Communists and fellow travelers — that people break with the Communist party for money; that they arc subsidized by all the country's reactionaries; that they have estates in Westchester, and so on? A. I left Hunter College and the work 1 was doing in the universities in the middle of the 1930's because I felt that the counlry needed the strength of the labor movement. So I gave up a $5,000- a-year job in a depression period and went into the movement to take a $60-a- Page 36 week job, the highest salary 1 ever received in the Communist movement. People like me were used on the idealistic front for $60 a week. As a matter of fact, in the party itself I never got more than $50, which meant $42 take- home pay. When I broke with the party, the first thing they did was to make it impossible for me to earn a living. As far as the party was concerned, they used everything they possibly could. My law office was completely depleted. They circulated all kinds of scandals and rumors. Clients who were pro-left and pro-Communist came in with Communisl lawyers lo lake their cases out of the office. And then 1 found that the really wealthy people in the political front are those who are on the left. Those are the ones whom the national committee of the Communist party feed and promote ami help. Those arc ihe ones who have lhe estates in Westchester County. Those' are the ones who are making lhe money. If you subscribe to FACTS FORUM NEWS for five others, or if five others join you in subscribing, your own subscription is free. Read and circulate FACTS FORUM NEWS. Help correct Mistaken ideas. It's a delusion to think that the Communist party is only made up of poor people. The poor people are Ihe suckers; they're the ones who are used over and over again against their own interests. Q. It seems ironical that the ones who are benefiting most from capitalism should be those who are in favor more or less of overthrowing capitalism. What Ls the reasoning behind this? A. This is the hardest thing to get across to the American people and yel iiiilis.- they understand ihis, they won't understand communism. Communism would fall by the wayside if it were not supported and promoted by people who had something to gain materially by the promotion of communism. I gol a little glimpse into the Communisl business world. The effect the Communists are having upon labor is tremendous — and upon the workers and upon the intellectuals. But the way they have infiltrated and moved into the business world is far beyond the grasp of our imagination. During the World War, the Communisl parly, with funds collected from different sources and under different labels and lhe anonymity of corporations and organizations, went into all kinds of businesses. I knew, for instance, thai they had businesses for lools, machines. ami electronics. They run doll factories, shoulder pad factories, lumber businesses, factories where they produced musical records for young children* groups, and so on. Into thousands o' industrial enterprises lhe Communist' have moved. SEEK PROTECTION OF INTERESTS I, too, thought that rich men can* into the party out of a sense of con' science. I discovered later thai il'1' came into lhe party to protect ibeir 0*1 ami their families" interests. Il was ven good business to be in the party, »"° they were hedging for the future. Q. There have been stories to tjj( effect that any former Communists wnj told of their experience in the Commun1* party and particularly mentioned I'1' names of people with whom they wcrj associated in the party were label* "stool pigeons," as a criminal who tot? on other criminals might be label** What is your reaction to this? A. It's lhe hardest thing in the won11 to be called an informer. The reason fj it is that it's a natural rule that we ". not interfere with our fellow men. I h8 a bard time to bring myself to testi" before the congressional commit^ and only after I was able to ask the* questions of myself: (1) Does "t country need this information? (2) ^ the information which I give trulhfu'j (3) Is il given through malice? I' could answer those three questions h°fl cstly, then I could testify. The difficulty which arises in so Wj testifying is that the pressure is P upon the individual by different govet* ment agencies. There are scores of g°, ernmenl agencies doing Ihis work "" iberefore, the individual who happen* have the information may sometimes' pressed to the point of giving inform] lion which is of no value. If, howev* lhe informalii •drd for our CO" lion is nee,I try s security, 1 think it is wrong apply the criminal standard to the P* son who gives ih,- information. „» Q. The unsavory label "informer ^ put on the former Communist V breaks with the party and feels it ., or her duty to tell about this conspir'j Do you think such a label is Comnui'1 inspired? A. There's no doubt in my mind ' the Communisl apparatus does ev' thing it possibly can, by labels ana I smears, to discourage people from E ing the information to our country- I it is assisted and aided by the "ej paper, magazine, radio worlds \"'{i ihey will lake the same labels and Ihem over and over again. I've 'J reputable newspapers use the *' "stool pigeon." They will be V° the Daily Worker, bul they'll "5^ nevertheless. When you repeat a *y often enough, you attach it to a H ticular person or thing. This is int*J In keep people from telling aboul secrets. cA Q. Hesides being a member of the^* miinist party's national committee,! were also a legislative representa'lfjj the teachers' union. Your respond jji was to do everything possible a' j, time to infiltrate our educational 9" FACTS FORUM NEWS, February,' »ith C accomj A. 1 of all, happer Federa mean i Teache that th mfluen establi, lum, s, The York 1 were i Party, •nembe riculur as far eonceri The Parents learnec never , a meeti 'here , that nc ine; ! line; a newpe CON! Now they're Ve'y ni sPirat0 many . ested ir llje cc "Itimat Q. Tl SCHOc Jour r heart*, Woulrj ^CaPtu '"em (, munUm .A. A giving Creator ndepe, 'oundat Principl l-nristj; world i country ''ons wl r'vilizai rf>eaptu \nd to rou n<*d an Nation selves, j pr'ocip] which , not figh ,s ^ bj m"nism actual L 'nose l; Unite th around FACTS
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