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Please send me a copy of your Facts Forum
program of tonight relative to what the U.S.
can do to obtain the release of the thirteen
American airmen and other U.S. personnel
now being helel ley Reel China. If there is
any charge, I shall he more than glad to pay
it. [There was no charge.]
*1 i'ii see, my husband is one of the 526 men
who were captured hut were not returned or
u< ..tinted for in any way. He is Maim
Charles E. McDonough, CSAF. He was cap-
lured by the North Koreans sometime near
1 De.. Till and was then taken by the Red
i leitie'se, supposedly to a hospital. He was
alive wheel last seen, anil the' man who last
Saw hieei is here in the U.S. a eaepteeiee in
the AF stationed at George ll'B. California.
Yet, last April the government "presumed"
him dead. On hoard the plane with eeey liei-
band was an AF colonel who was Genera]
Vandenberg's personal briefing officer. We
had to find this last information out for our-
selves; the government would tell us nothing.
I have done and will continue to do everything in my power to see that my husband
receives the justice and consideration this
government owes him hut has forgotten to
give. Yes, I am very bitter aheetit it. and I
will elee anything and everything- no matter
what—I can to help my husband. I am
ashamed of this government for covering up
a situation which was known when the truce
in Korea was agreed to.
Thank you for keeping this matter alive
and in the minds of the American people.
Thank God all Americans are not cowards.
Mrs. C. E. McDonough
P. 0. Box 123, Glen Rose, Texas
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The Facts Forum Christmas program carried by WOR-TV on Christmas Eve afternoon was of the same high caliber we bave
come to expect of all F^acts Forum's programs. I was particularly impressed 1>> the-
way Mr. Smoot stressed the' spiritual values
as they affeet our national scene anil onlj
wish the program had been carried at an
hour when more people were sure' ,i> h?ve
been at home to hear and see it. . . . Mt
>ienieet i- a verj convincing speaker.
...I certainly wish there were' some w,e\
of getting ANSWERS FOR AMF.lili \\-
hack on New *i eerk TV. On account eef the
decidedly biased press here, we need these
programs more than other sections e.f the
Mrs. leu el Stagg
320 E. 12ml St.. \, u >,„k. Y V
than any of the other orthodox economies.
I defy you, however, to get a group
of people who are capable of pointing
out all of the fallacies which lie embedded in even the first volume of
Das Kapital. I don't believe that the
average student of economics or the
average high school teacher can even
understand what it's all about. It's a fanfaronade to my mind — a lot of very
mistaken ideas and false conclusions; but
since Marx used algebraic formulae of
all sorts and the most turgid sort of
writing, I don't believe you're ever going to find anybody who is capable of
understanding il to the point where he
can logically demolish it as it should
and can be demolished by the experienced academician.
Prof. Hodges: I agree with Prole --m Budenz that communism must be
examined critically. We've got to expose
the difference between what might be
called the human dream — which is the
elope- that the people get — as against
tin- inhuman reality of the Communist
system. And to my way of thinking,
it's going to be a very difficult job to
Liei the right kind of teaching tools. I
pni it that way because we cannot trust
the individual teacher. And the individual teacher — even at the high
school, let alone the college, level today
— is very shy of taking a position which
can be easily misunderstood and possibly used to destroy him. There's a real
Prof. Budenz: I think this problem
is deeper than that. I think that education has utterly failed to prepare the
teachers for this greatest problem of our
Prof. Hodges: I'd like to add that
in the period of the 1930's we had a
relaxing liberal appeal which has
created many of the difficulties, it seems
to me, of the 1950's. You have to start
out with that in mind and be fair, because you can't expect the teacher to be
in revolt against a political climate of
the time. And the political climate, as
vou know, was that of the Democratic
\i-w Deal 'play along with the Red
fringe) because that's where this trouble
Mr. Buckley: I would say that inherent in your remarks is the supreme
insult lo the vitality of our society. It
reminds me of the statement made by
Adlai Stevenson two years ago when he
\\a- running for President: "The wonder
is not how many Communists there were
in the thirties, but how few considering
the depths of the depression."'
I insist that if our society is not in
a position to reject the barbarism of
communism simply because it has a
depression — however severe it be — it
is nothing more than an indication that
the teachers again haven't done then
job. They haven't inured the people, the
students of the United States, to th'
blandishments, to the wiles, of such a
specious, barbarous philosophy as thi*
Now, they did a magnificent job "
Prof. Budenz: Il seems to me th'1
what should be done is to go to the
heart of communism — its philosoph)
enunciated by its leaders—to use alwa)8
the Communist documents, but to a"'
alyze them. Take, for example, the sub'
ject of dialectical materialism wheI*
Stalin proclaims that the world outlo0''
leads to an inevitable conclusion—'"
necessity of conquering the world. N**
apparently a great many people have"
learned that yet, and some of th°s'
people are in very important position5,
Stalin says very specifically thai ''
forms are to be used by the Coning
nisls solely as a screen or cover for lhel
illegal activities lo bring aboul Ihe die"
lorship of the proletariat. And r
how many people still put the Conii"'
nists, at least in part, in a camp *
reform where they do nol belong'.' Th*
is why I think that these three points/'
the philosophy of communism, show'1'
ils objectives; the Communisl 1'"
showing how il is enunciated and w"t
il is from time to lime; and the atli"1
of communism toward reforms
in themselves furnish the basis for '
MR. BURT: Should all school*
providing courses on communism ^
quire the teachers to take loyal"
oaths to the United States?
Mr. Combs: Frankly. I don't I
any reason for singling out the lca'1'1
as those who must take loyally o*
because it seems to I
peachment of the patriotism
is a si
indirectly an ". ^ to
itriotism of * **« .
teachers, as if they were in some
being isolated as possible or potefl
traitors. I don't see any more ref
why teachers should lake loyalty 0>
than radio commentators.
Now, I would have no objee th'"
taking a loyalty oath. I've taken I
oath of the Constitution of the U"1!
States several times. So far as 1 c°
see, there is no reason why every I
zen of the United Stair- should not',
a loyally oath. Il seems to me |"''''\
reasonable and something which!
~ot.» ».. „..:j„ :n citizen
would accept as pride in cilizi'"",
rather than as an odious .nwl ner"
Mr. Buckley: Therefore "I'*
Mr. Combs: Why, I have "°l
jection, except that I don'l sec why
should be' singled out.
Prof. Budenz: \\\ answer to j
question is yes. emphatically ye*J
cause a teacher is in this respect '"
same capacity as a soldier in our*
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