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F°RUM NEWS, February, 1955
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LOUIS BUDENZ, former editor of the Communist DAILY WORKER, now professor of economics at Fordham University and author of just-published book TECHNIQUES OF COMMUNISM—the program's special guest.
WILLIAM BUCKLEY, JR.. magazine editor and America's youngest best-selling author.
PROFESSOR CHARLES HODGES, professor of international politics ot New York University,
formerly a foreign correspondent.
GEORGE HAMILTON COMBS, network news commentator and former Democratic Congressman.
will have to be1 a world Soviet dictator-
ship? Can education tell ils people that
ibis force cannot be negotiated with,
cannot be compromised with, cannot be
appeased? Il must be rocked back em its
And then there is one other question
the Communisl line. It is really the
mailer which I would challenge education to consider how it can handle. The
Communist line is that series of proposals Moscow wants any nation to
adopt in order to undermine it.
Mr. Buckley: 1 also think communism should be taught in the schools;
and I think that Dr. Budenz' statement
is perfect in every respect. Education
has done a lousy job on this issue.
\eeiliing to me illustrates this so starkly
as the fact that in 1949 a solemn conclave of the most respected and revered
educators in the United States got to-
gclher and issued a pronouncement to
the effect that Communists ought not to
he allowed to teach in the American
schools. Now, this is something, of
course, that they should have come up
with about 25 or 30 years ago, if they
had been doing their job and inquiring
into lhe premises and techniques of the
Communists. It would be as though we
held a conclave of scientists solemnly
announcing that two and two make four.
I believe that education, therefore, is
basically responsible for our backwardness in our fight against the Soviet
Union, largely because, as Mr. Budenz
points out, they haven't looked at the
job of teaching communism primarily as
a job of instruction as to lhe wiles of a
pagan and barbarian enemy. As a result.
there arc even now solid anti-Commu
nists talking "peaceful coexistence,"
which means thai they themselves
haven't learned about communism.
Mr. Combs: It occurs to me that we
need some definitions here. Of course,
communism should not be taught in our
public schools. The fallacies of communism should be dissected in our public schools, but we must go beyond that
and decide whether or not we're talking
aboul dialectical materialism — the doctrines of Karl Marx — or whether we're
talking primarily about present Communist policies and the direction of
foreign expansionism as represented by
the Soviet Union —
Mr. Buckley: They are largely inseparable.
Mr. Combs: I think they are, and I
will not quarrel with you about that.
But, so far as teaching Marxism is concerned, I suppose that there is no objection to handling it in the same way
that you would handle the analytical
study of Ricardo or Adam Smith or
any other, except that Marxism is far
more susceptible to logical destruction
*'tShoulil Communism Be Taught
in imerican Schools?" was selected
as the prize-winning question from
among the many submitted by
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winner was Staff Sergeant James
Carper, Seventh Air Division, New
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