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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date April 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 4:00P 5:O0P 1 :45 P 'i :80 P K:80P 8:30 i' 1 9:45 1' - :80 P 9:30 a 8:30P 7 lOOP ; ;:;ni s :80 P 6:46 i> 7 :I10 P nounceo 7:30P 7:80P 3 i45 P s : 1 ."> 1' 7 :'i'< 1' 9-OOP : ::'.t, r 7:«0P .7 :80 l' 8 :30 P 5 :30 P . |5 P BOOK REVIEWS Reflections on the failure of Socialism . ey Mai Eastman, The Devin-Adair Company, 23 Jj "th St., New York 10, N. Y., 1955. 127 pp., Ill Ihi- little hook of e'ssel\s \lel\ Eastman, long-time stormy petrel of ""' Socialisl movement, idls how a long -'ins uf disillusionments convinced him ttiat se„i;]|j^m 0f ;|MV alH| every line H;|s ;i failure. He never wets one of those doctrinaire zombies who could blindl) follow a "party line." His was an ever- luestioning intellect which constant!) J'ienated hi- Socialisl and "liberal' hietiels. ||j^ constructive criticism of ('rrors in Socialisl policy weis never wel- '""i'\ Here is penetrating thought umi ''"Hi,mt style brought lo bear upon lhe "hole Ihesis mill practice ol socialism. Gradually tin- author became con- '"iced tli.it socialism itself weesei Failure ;' failure because il wets basically mis- *ken in premise, because it destroyed "' ven \eihtes that il proposed lo 'lengthen. Simply stated, socialism 'mil work because ii couldn't work. '" Unrealistic premises condemned it lo failure from the outset. USSR PERVERTED MARXISM? Mr those ;'."'iiiiisnt ''" lie weis "more surprised an !'"''d hy th,' reaction to dial tyranny , 'Iberal minds in free countries than 1 the tyranny itself. ... I never 'l''':"'ieil . . . that they could sink to th,' 'I'llis e.f maudlin self-deception and '."''''■'■llv eihie-et treason to truth, free ''"in. ' :|s|m; n has lilllt patience foT lo st ill try lo tpologize for by selviliL' lhe l ihi- Soviet d- ■■ justice, ami inercv lhat manv of !'"'" have 'm ,1 ''"' have reach "^iem debacle." '■ the world's mosl complete in socialism the Soviel regard to lln ''"'nt Hi,, expel state on author has this to say* "Il sun ived '-' enough to show what was in it: ,. army, namely, and thai new perfec- •|.','" of tyranny, the totalitarian slat.'. Hi;" new blood) thing wears, on all "laps of the world, the name of ist. , "Weil tf»Veled >dered dowi i!" nineteenth '"' emblems o !;'{" National ,;;;;"- .0 know 1 ' -'eill NorL- Such is bv the the main road oiel socialism. It a branch road during enrury, and arrived on another blood) police Socialisl Germany, ll better than its creators minded proprietors where it ol that led Max Eastman out rj ^e thing jjj *°«alism was the same thing that led ,.(| ' '"lo ii a genuine humanitarian .,''"'"' for the difficulties of mankind Bui L.^es're '" ^'"' practical answers, "is weis the intellectual honest) to AcTS FORUM NEWS, April, 1955 recognize the wrong course he was following and to turn from il completely. MARXIAN FAIRY TALE IMPLAUSIBLE Mr. Eastman has a warning for \nier- icans: "It is nol the copper-riveted old- time' believers in Marxian theor) that we in America have to fear. ... Their fairy tale is not plausible enough lo hi' dangerous. It is the bureaucratic -e.eieil- i/ers if I may ele-vise lhal label for the champions of a lawyer-manager-poli- tii'ian-inlclli'rliieil revolution who cem- sliltite a real ami subtle threat to America s democracy, ll is their dream thai is moving into focus as thai of Lenin prow's dim." ll is tin' author's belief thai the impersonal mechanism of lhe free market, rather than the personal authority exercised by a controlling stale', represents the only system which will preserve freedom. He holds that the free market is not eenh the most truly democratic system, bul lhe only system (which avoids the road lo despotism. "There' is something vitally democratic, as well els impersonal, in the control exercised by lhe market. When ei man buys something on a free market, he is casting his vote ;is ei citizen of lhe national economy, lie is making a choice which, hy influencing prices, will enter into lhe decision as in how. ami toward what ends, the economy shall he conducted. His choice' may he outweighed by others who buy more; lhal is inevitably true. Bul in placing il"' major economic decisions in the lianils nl the whole people- as consumers, re- cording these' decisions automatically through lhe mechanism of price, tin' market make's freedom possible in a complex industrial society, ll is the only thing that makes it possible." Here is a I k. basic and convincing, thai our crypto-Socialists are going I" have to ignore. In contesting it there' would he loo much danger of giving themselves away. (I. VV, Hi Vrmond, Ik. ss- * • Day of Reckoning By Ralph de Toledano, Henry Holt and Company, 179 pp. S3.00 Ralph eh- Toledano, author «ith Victor Lasky of beat-seller Seeds "I Treason, has written another expert ieeee.k (til I ielilt 11 III 1 isill. Called H'l\ nl Reckoning, ii is in the form ol ei shorl. tense novel realistic in detail, compelling in tempo. The pocket hook from ihe drug store A ii v book reviewed here may be ordered from Pacta Forum lor the rejiu- l.er published retail price. Pacts Forum pens postage. employs commonplace actions in hulk to make a few highly improbable events seem plausible. "I went lo lhe phone ami dialed Midway 5-726(1. I lit a cigarette while ihe phone rang three limes, ll wets one of those ilavs. I looked up al a blonde walking across the lobby. She stopped 8 feet from the phone booth ami dropped eli eul." That soil of ihinfr. The author's credibility having been established, tlie reader suspends disbelief ami is rewarded hv a shock or tremor. lhtx nl Reckoning reads with a difference. The ordinary fast-artion-in-the- big-town story is escapist. Its technical realism has no other purpose than to convince you that you are involved in some adventure which vou are reall) not. Day of Reckoning uses the same techniques. I!ul il uses them heller and ii is aboul something that is not fiction. "1 on keep wondering which parts are in code, i nil think the end is nol in the hook, mu as with The Lady or the Tiger in vour imagination, but in events outside the hook. FASCINATING CHARACTERS Henry Fielding seiiel ei novelist must lake characters from real life and invent a plot for them. Toledano's characters an' in three classes: I I t those reeog- nizabl) oul of real life, (2) those recognizably fictitious, i'!i doubtful cases. Ml ate fascinating. "Paul Castelar' is a reporter een Slant, lite \iagazine with Direction. 11 is Iness is "Rob McCarten." "Gino Ros- silli" is an anarchist who gets murdered hv Communists. Ih- has been a friend of Castelar's. Castelar figured "Colonel Juan Talavera, political commissar of the Fifth Brigade, murderer-in-chief of the International Brigades" elid it. Castelar told the I).A.. Simon Lazarus, hi- suspicion ami named former victims "AnnabeDe Sherman" and "Bruna Sirena." lhe latter had modeled for Diego Rivera. The former is ei transparent pseudonym lor Juliet Stuart Poyntz, the latter for Tina Modotti. Castelar also mentions "Jim Forrestal." Not all the' name's in lhe l.eeeek are Fictil iieus. I lie scener) is scarcely fietiiious at all. Mev i mk ami Washington are im- pressionisticall) \i\id and cartographic- all) precise. \\ hen I'eiul Castelar, leaving his hotel in Washington "emerged at the F Street si.le. crossed Fourteenth almost al a run, ami then dawdled along, peering into store windows ami making certain that he was not followed, you wonder why de Toledano bothers to call il the "Edward" instead ..I the \\ illa.,1. Many readers will feel still more al home with a passage like' the' following: \l.( eeri.'ii looked worried when Paul walk- i'il into Iii- office, but Iii- face einel voice were friendly. It na- :e look Paul knevi Mi' eel.ee'- eseo nl detaching himself from tContinued on Page ill I --Z- To subscribe, see Page IS Pajre 27
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