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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1956
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. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript CPUSA to conventions of foreign Communist parties openly affiliated with the Cominform. 5. Fraternal greetings and support sent to the CPUSA by foreign Communist parties affiliated with the Cominform, and by the Cominform itself. 6. Support by the CPUSA of world movements endorsed by the Cominform such as the World Federation of Trade Unions, the World Peace Congress, the Women's International Democratic Federation, the World Federation of Democratic Youth, the International Union of Students, and the World Federation of Democratic Lawyers. 7. Sale of Cominform literature by CPUSA bookshops. Public exposure of the CPUSA as a conspiracy with an underground, illegal apparatus, engaging in espionage and other treasonable activities, has induced the Partv to incorporate into its constitution various formulations calculated to give the impression that the Party is entirely legal and aboxeboard. Article IV, Section 10, declares that- every member is obligated to fight with all his strength against any and every effort, whether it comes from abroad or from within our country ° * ° to impose upon the United States the arbitrary will of any group or party or clique or conspiracy, thereby violating the unqualified right of the majority of the people to direct the destinies of our country. This statement is honeycombed with semantic booby-traps. Since the Communists claim to represent the enlightened will of the majority of the people, they would never plead guilty to being arbitrary, to violating the will of the majority, or to representing a clique or conspiracy. In Article IX, punishment is prescribed for "conduct or action detrimental to the working class and the nation," the interpretation of these terms being left to the determination of the disciplinary review commission of the CPUSA. It is as if an organization of gangsters had formally adopted a constitution describing itself as a league of honest, law-abiding Americans; or an extortion racket operating under the name of Merchants Protective Society. In 1948 the House Committee on Un-American Activities published a report to show that the CPUSA is an advocate of the overthrow of the government by force and violence. In 1952 the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee published documentary proof along this line. In 1949, eleven top leaders of the CPUSA were convicted under the Smith Act on the charge of teaching and advocating the overthrow of our government by force and violence. In part, the government's case was based upon quotations from seven Communist classics which a defendant, Carl Winter, declared are obsolete. Nevertheless these very works were recommended by Political Affairs in 1947 and are openly sold in Communist bookshops. In a further effort to escape the incriminating force of its basic documents, Article XIV of the 1945 constitution declared: The Communist Party is not responsible for any political document, policy, book, article, or any other expression of political opinion except such as are issued by authority of this and subsequent national conventions and its regularly constituted leadership. In effect, this would constitute a formal repudiation of all the works of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin which are standard references for Party speakers, writers, and teachers today. Its purpose is undoubtedly to invalidate this mass of evidence. When charged witli advocating the overthrow of government by force and violence, the Party usually resorts Page 48 to the formula used by William Z. Foster in his 23 Questions: "The danger of violence * ° ° always comes from the reactionary elements," who would oppose the revolutionary designs of the Communists. According to this logic, a pedestrian who is provoked to violence in opposing the forcible efforts of a highwayman to rob him of his possessions is primarily responsible for such violence. Experience lias shown that the Communists have initiated violence in every country in which they have been active to the point of actual control as in Russia, China, and tlie various satellite states. A prize example of evasion is that furnished by William Z. Foster, chairman of the CPUSA, in answering questions as to what he would do in the event of war between the United States and the Soviet Union. These answers arc, of course, typical of what may lie expected of Party members generally in dealing with this question, which is an acid test of their loyalty. In the early days of the Communist movement, their spokesmen were more forthright. Thus, William Z. Foster in his work Toward Soviet America published in 1932, predicted positively: Tlie danger of imperialist war against tbe USSR is now most acute. ° ° ° The capitalists clearly intend to thrust war upon tlit Sov iet Union. • * * It is a situation that should arouse every worker ° ° ° to rally in defense of the Soviet Union. On September 29, 1939, during the period of tlie Stalin- Hitler Pact, Foster appeared before the Special Committed mi Un-American Activities. He was asked by the chairman: In the event of war between the United Slates and Soviet Russia, would vour allegiance be to tbe United States or Soviet Russia? Foster's replies run the entire gamut of evasion. W'' present them in part: I say it i.s a hypothetical question. ° ° ° I am for the defense of tiie United States. ' • * [I the United States entered this war on an imperialist basis, I would not support it. " ° ° Mr. Foster again appeared on May 27, 1948, before th* Senate Judiciary Committee, Again he was asked what h* would do in the event of an American conflict with th1' Nine of ti •riters, di Ulcers indi "' Congres ton, D. C , 'e'using to " the Ho Activities y. Left Ad'ion Sec J*. Somu ^0|<|, Herb. «* Molt: oh" Howi S Lordn D"lton Tru " ° loter , Sovjet U • ° o States •it the 'gainst In* rii ;,KKress "ii Poll 'r en land: | ' ' • I Soviet Orders: , oasini >Ms o , 'iiini ""'lit '>li, Screen Actor Larry Porks, left, aids Ring Lardner, Jr., center, in sign'r' petition to abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee dun"', reception given by the Civil Rights Congress (November, 19471 f°r personages subpoenaed for questioning regarding communism in Holly* ., Lorry Parks, questioned by the Committee in 1951, admitted Comm" ., Party membership ten years earlier, but testified he had later le" Screen writer Woldo Salt is at right. 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