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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? "^collections of it arc sweet, is no more "lan a dry leaf. We shall return from America, where the sojourn rather helped thaei hampered us to embrace these ideas. . . . Before coming here we spent some time in England and there saw the Labor Government. The houses of the rich on the crescents in London were deserted, but the Workers had shitted nearer to the- center °' society. Neither England nor America tended in us the idea that it was possible 0r advisable to return to the year 1930 or *°-aH. . . . Following the Democratic administration in America came that of "^publicans, but did not eliminate the SOc'ial measures of the preceding government. This means, in the words of em old *°cialist, that human society as a whole — n°t a single party only — moves toward ^al progress. [Mr. Hr'ada's italics] , On January 7, 1956, on the program, After Work Discussion": The idea eif nationalization was not in- v,iite-d by the Communists. And we do n°t give it up. . . . „On "Local Commentary," December "*■ 1955, it was stated: r'eialisni is a Western word and it is also . Western invention. And what is more '"Portant: it is also a Western practice, '"'il it is today's Western practice. .Anyone who has the original texts \ these broadcasts can only be aston- "ed at Mr. Shepardson's misinter- i;fetations and misquotations. Mr. "ePardson could, if he feels he is so ?!jch in the right, request the Com- in e on Un-American Activities to Instigate my charges. ^When on August 6, 1953, the Chair- r,an 0f tne Czechoslovak Marxist j,c.'<d Democratic Party, Vaclav !\v\,( r' Minister of the National Front a no nationalized Czechoslovak in- ^y after 1945), said: "Stronger and re powerful are the traditions of 0| democratic socialism," what kind (^ socialism does Mr. Shepardson $ this Marxist means? p'ne entire pasts of Ferdinand of,?"tka and of the other employees "adio Free Europe clearly indicate L-ia' ^ord socialism — and it s|1(' Lhey are socialistic. Their actions i W what they understand under not .^al justice." They collectivized ^Perty, industry, trade, and land. Ot, -j i^pr«sed all non-Socialists, abol \\ freedom of speech and election § Praised the Soviet Union as their Ptuv examP'e> a" °f which I shall 'enl e ^ exanlp'e before I close my tk.^- Shepardson undoubtedly knows Hwtne Communists in the East label of pelves Socialists (i.e., the Union ,^0viet Socialist Republics), and that Hv.Pr^ching of socialism from the '1(li. . Ps the Communist cause by "le p?tuig to the enslaved people in '4 ,| ^t that perhaps the only fault tlie(,e Communists i.s that they have ,0 realize socialism too e|uickl\, and by causing them to think that in the final analysis the Communists are right. The program "Local Commentary," on December 23, 1955, spoke of the "manly stand of the Polish Communists" and how "the Hungarian Communist authors . . . intrepidly ask for a (like) cultural policy." While Mr. Shepardson admitted in his letter that RFE speaks to the Socialists and the Communists in the East, he failed to mention that it speaks only to them. RFE has its special socialist programs, programs for the Communist Party, but it has no programs for the old non-Socialist parties abolished by the National Front. Resides the dissolution of kolkhozes and re-establishment of small farmers (never, however, addressed in the terms of the once-proud agrarians), RFE absolutely never speaks of the necessity to restore free enterprise, private property in industry and trade, or order and justice as it was Ik 'fore the Communists took over. Although RFE constantly pictures that before World War II the living standard in Czechoslovakia was better than at present, it nevertheless constantly asserts that there is no return possible to the year 1938, or to any other year. The internationalist, Karol Belak- Berger, declared on January 19, 1956, on the RFE program, "Voice of Opposition": To nobody occurs the idea — not even in the dream —that it would be possible or good to return tomorrow to the year 1918, 1938 or 1915. The integral renewal of the old order in our country ... i.s a pure nonsense. They never offer, of course, any non- integral return. The same thing was declared on January 11, 1956, and on January 14, 1956. This goes on without interruption in the "progressive". Radio Free Europe. Although Mr. Shepardson says in his letter that RFE advocates the right of every nation to choose its own form of government, the truth is quite different, 'Ihe "free elections" by which RFE states now and then that the people in the Fast will have the right to choose their form of government is understood to mean solely the freedom of the National Front elections, where only leftist parties have been admitted, many voters have been disfranchised, and only pro-Communist leaders have campaigned. For example. Dr. Ivo Duchacek declared on lanuary 8, "International Commentary," that the last free elections were nine- years ago. but what RFE advocates is Socialism and the National Front. RFE says, ^ F om \i News, May, 1956 in effect: "You are free to choose; but we. who speak lor you in the free world, say: 'Socialism is the only right thing, and the old order will and may never return'." The natural reactions to such policies are pernicious: anti-Communists and anti-Socialists remain in apathy, and only the leftists rejoice—precisely what Ihe Communists want. Mr. Shepardson misquoted completely what I said about the findings of the Kersten Committee, which was thai this Committee declared that the Kosice Government Program of the National Front opened the door to the lull eoinmunization of Czechoslovakia and that, on the other hand, Radio Free Europe defends this Red program even today. The Kersten Committee investigated the Kosice Program. It did not investigate Radio Free Europe. It coexisted with it. The Kersten Report gave, not to RFE, but to all media of American information considered collectively, two paragraphs of general praise which stressed the general importance of media broadcasting to the East, and was based on absolutely no know ledge or study of tho RFE broadcasts. Because of this praise, Mr. f . a, in coexistence with Radio Fr, ii; rope, was able to speak to the East. The fact that the East heard of and from one of the great living Americans was worth this price. Of course, had the Kersten Committee in its two weeks stay in Munich investigated RFE — which 1 urged, but which it had no mandate to investigate — it would have found that the same fellow-travelers which it condemned in its report are clinging to positions in RFE, and, still worse, continuing their National Front activities there. They would have found, too, that RFE suppressed all important findings of the Kersten Committee. Fortunately, Mr. Kersten was able to speak at least a lew words to the East. Mr. Shepardson declared that Radio Free Europe refuses to become involved in the ideological disputes of "certain refugee groups," and that I want to dissolve the national Czechoslovak State. Actually, Radio Free Europe utterly disregards the principle of self-determination lor all anti-Communist nations. Main voices from the U. S. Congress declared themselves lor Slovak self-determination, among which I recall those of Congressmen Kersten. Bentley, Flood, and Madden. Mr. Shepardson. referring to Peroutka as a Catholic and independent, stated. "No exile from behind the Page 25 V
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