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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
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  • 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. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript promote the cause of freedom? and to agree to various Communist Measures. This was the price that these Parties had to pay for their permission jo exist and to have an opportunity to 'orm the nuclei of legal anti-Commu- n'st resistance. Whether it was really Wse to pay that price is hardly a question that Mr. Jiri Brada is able to answer. He was too young and immature at that time to have the necessary Political insight. We may leave the Judgment to history. . . . (b) We do not know how difficult 0p easy it was for Mr. Brada to escape trorn his country. But we do know how difficult it has been since 1948 for tens °j thousands of other citizens. Many ?' them lost their lives in that attempt. ^°u will probably know that the "Iron ~<utain" is not just a figure of speech, "is really iron, made up of barbed *'re, mines, and the bullets of the bor- j*f guards. In spite of the fact that ^e Communists did send a certain air>oi,nt of agents to the West, the *Mesale assertion of Mr. Brada that Practically every man having been °tive in a Czechoslovak political Party before 1948 is a collaborator and ^as let go to the West intentionally, is ; .grotesque that it sounds like a bad Joke. , (c) One may be of ' '"out the political effi various opinions .^ political efficiency that the , Caped Czechoslovak partymen have eveloped in the West since their Sc;'pe. But the insinuation that they e here to confuse and adulterate the 'u.tde of the free world is likewise Rtesque. . . . h'3) People who have a vested inter- ,n doing so are constantly trying to l'se the American public about est J* , ce. Czech people's attitude toward jnP'talism, socialism and communism. j. e average American is uninformed jj°ut the fact that American capital- t,/! and European capitalism are two r 'U(' different things, and that conse- ^''iitly also American socialism and (jjrrr°Pt'an socialism are pretty much ^rcnt. It is foolish to try to judge an » nomic system by its moral merits, poonomic system i.s good if it is St, Jati c,ont. i.e., if" it amply satisfies the :er,al and immaterial needs of a 'ai)'°n' ^n economic system i.s bad if it C;J!to do so. The American variant of Soojj sm is efficient and therefore ,],,_> and actually, there are few peo- Mio wish to change' it. Socialism C<W .refore, never grown in Amori- f°p.S-T-'' things ar(> different in Eu- Ujjj ; The European variant of capital- t|)e tins failed to satisfy the needs of Stations and this is the reason why 'st * Parties of Marxist, non-Marx- ^v even Christian denomination s,|ch huge masses of followers. A <V-rs , party may be founded (like the Communists and Socialists in the U.S.A.) but it will never appeal to people and become a mass movement if it does not foster, or (as in the Communist case) pretend to foster, a real interest of the masses. Instigating the American public against European socialism makes no sense. Not the Americans but the Europeans must be judges of the economic systems the European peoples see fit to adopt. The U.S.A. has many good and trusted friends among European Socialist parties and governments, and as a matter of fact, in some countries (see the case of Austria!) the Socialists are the toughest fighters against communism. One need not be a Socialist or favor socialism in order to be fair to Socialist par- tie's where they deserve it. Throwing them into one bag with the Communists is excusable only by lack of information. A European can hardly plead it. The future economic system of Czechoslovakia after an eventual liberation is neither the business of other countries nor even the business of Czechoslovak emigres. It must be decided by the Czechoslovak people in a free act of will. It is quite possible that alter their experience with a government-operated economy they will just have had enough of it. But if they de'- cide otherwise it must be all right, too. The American public should not be driven into an attitude of "I won't give my dollars if you don't conform with my system." The American people cannot be absolved from a moral obligation to contribute to the liberation of the enslaved nations of Eastern Europe because it was an American president who greatly helped to enslave them. (4) Mr. Brada's intention to make the American public believe that all Czechoslovak parties after 1945 were Socialist or even Marxist cannot remain undisputed either. Of the four parties then in existence (Communists, Social Democrats, Benes' National Socialists, and the [Catholic] People's Party) only the first two wen- Marxist. The National Socialists (they have never had anything to do with the Nazis except for a pure coincidence of names) have during the fifty years of their existence always been anti-Marxist, and then* socialism was not actually an economic doctrine but rather a program of social justice and the betterment of human relations. They have never adhered to the doctrine of class warfare, but always advocated the idea of brotherhood within the nation and among nations. They READERS' VIEWS Editor's note: According to information made available to Facts Forum News, Dr. Bata, who wrote the following letter, is co-founder of the world's largest shoe factory, with property holdings in Czechoslovakia amounting to some $200 million. with further large holdings and industrial enterprises in Brazil and Europe. In 1947, although absolved, for lack of proof, of some sixty-four crimes against the Communist government, his property was confiscated and he was sentenced to fifteen years of Iiard labor by tlie National Court. Recently, by decision of an international court in Holland, he teas given back his possessions and shoe factories in Holland, Switzerland, and Great Britain. .... In my own meager experience I can agree with Mr. Brada that the activity of the personnel in RFE, especially the Czechoslovakia!! desk, is more than onesided on tlie pinky-leftist side, it not exactly red. But my criticism of that group is aimed even higher. On one of my visits to the Czech desk, one of the first bosses of the organization asked me to furnish material, if I could, that could be used in broadcasting criticism of the Czechoslovak Communist government in Prague. During that conversation we discussed the possibilities of liberation, about which so much had been made in broadcasts to which I had previously listened. In order to test the inner conviction of the chief of RFE Blanik-knights as to the usefulness of his own and all their work, I said good- naturedly: "Well, we will hold out, for inside of five years we will be back in Prague and working hard for our free country." The trap worked. I said it with full conviction, and the head man understood the sincerity of it. It struck him. lie stood for a moment motionless, and then, all embarrassed, said in a voice completely void of any firmness: "Do you really think we ever will?" That was my last visit to that institution, for I felt betrayed. I could see that RFE, even for the head of that desk, did not offer an Opportunity to put intellect, ability, and enthusiasm into the service of liberating the oppressed nations. It was only another well-paid job, without the necessary inner conviction. No matter how much money the well- meaning Americans have put into that organization, it is wasted money. What they have there are not soldiers of truth, enthusiasts of justice, and Blanik-knights of the enslaved nations, but merely well- paid pretenders without inner conviction. Can such a man fire the minds of the listeners, who listen in danger of their lives somewhere in a hidden place behind the Iron Curtain? No. Minds cannot be set afire by someone who does not himself burn with the white flame of righteousness and eonviction. . . . The revelation that the personnel of the Czech RFE stands upon the basis of the Kosice Program of theft of all privately owned, once formidably efficient and Strong Czechoslovak industry could in itself he enough to make their broadcasts absolutely useless for the West's purposes, for immediately RFE would become the mouthpiece for the Communists and for some of the thieves of the legal V Font \i News, May, 1956 Page 23
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