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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956 - File 041. 1956-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 21, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1329/show/1300.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • 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
Rights No Copyright - United States: This item is in the public domain in the United States and may be used freely in the United States. The item may not be in the public domain under the copyright laws of other countries.
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Title File 041
Transcript arty OF^THE U.S.A. What it is - how it works A Handbook for Americans Tiiihii Installment * ' he I eiiu in mi i-l problem. 1111 iipn- in our history, J'sists of the existence in our iniel-t of a mass con- ,!"ratorial organization controlled by a foreign power. ""> subscribing to the statement of the Senate Inter- al Security Subcommittee, who prepared this docu- ?"t, that, given a more accurate knowledge of this '"ii "il, •piracy, fewer Americans will fall victim to its , e8i Facts Forum News presents the third portion of j^e Subcommittee's handbook, which began in our ."•■eh issue. Following publication of the final por- , "• a booklet reprint of the Handbook will he made Mable. How to Measure Communist Kin eni i COMMUNIST influence cannot be estimated properly merely by comparing its votes or membership with r those of political parties. Those who declare that the "niiunist Party is no menace because its membership (/ ,v<)tmg strength constitute only a fraction of a per cent toll " ,A foach is the root cause of a mistaken policy which has 'Uly done considerable harm and which may bring even |^ e disastrous results. The simplicity of this approach is J1 °f sheer ignorance of the problem. the total membership and voting strength of major ucal parties are deluding themselves and others. This jg , c" Party member or sympathizer must be evaluated 'tif|tr"lh' °f nis political, social, and economic weight and (flr .nce and the fact that he has the backing of a major lot i^'1 P°wer- The collective influence of this group can- lyj. '*' Judged as a mere arithmetical sum of members and . l>ntliiZe,S] since one arm of this conspiracy lends sup- \n ''n<' supplements the other in a highly synchronized i-!i(."'tr- ^ e must keep this in mind in estimating the influ- gf0 °* this tightly organized, coordinated, and aggressive fare lnc' "s combined effect upon an amorphous, compel}- unorganized mass ol people who are, for the b H;'s Forum News, May, 1956 most part, blissfully unaware that thev are being worked upon by a conscious, conspiratorial group with a clear-cut policy. We must remember that in a highly sensitive and articulated society like ours, it is not difficult to cause havoc by a strategic dislocation. Communists make a practice of seeking out such points of vantage. Thus a Party member or sympathizer may be an official of a labor union with thousands of members which can tie up a given community or industry. He may be an unpubli- cized government official who prepares memoranda on policy affecting the entire nation. He may be an atomic scientist with access to highly secret information vital to our security. He may be a writer, a preacher, or a radio commentator with a vast audience. He may be a script writer whose film or radio message, voiced by a popular star, reaches millions. He may be an actor whose popularity is exploited by the Party to sponsor its front organizations and public appeals. He may be an artist with a mass following in the art world. He may be the descendant of some well-known family tracing its ancestry to the days of the American Revolution, whose name adds glamour to Communist enterprises. He may be the leader of a tenants league or a community organization. He may be the idol of ;i racial or foreign language group. In each case the individual's influence radiates to ever-widening circles with an effect similar to that of a stone thrown into a pool. Resignations and Ex-Communists Government agencies are sometimes confronted with cases in which individuals claim that they have resigned from the Communist Party. Under no circumstances should such a statement be accepted at its face value. Party members have been known to use this device when they are convinced that their previous Communist affiliations are known and provable. In other cases, as for instance in connection with the signing of non-Communist affidavits, the Party will instruct members who are trade- Page 39 V
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