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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 People's Capitalism 1 he letter reproduced at right points up a facet of Communist propaganda that lias received little attention. 1 his article outlines an effective means of combatting the insidious Red propaganda which would corrupt the word "capitalism" Condensed from January, 1956, issue of Stet To Facts Forum News: There is no doubt that most of the Communists say openly they are Communists. . ... We, the free, the western knights for freedom, still are not clear enough in our minds to be as proud of our allegiance to capitalism as the Communists are to communism. That is our weakness. We like to evade the issue, detouring it to republicanism, democratism, socialism, radicalism, existentialism, liberalism, laborism, democratic socialism, etc., so that we can be spared a confession of what we are. There are in the fight today, practically speaking, two parties: communism and capitalism. Into which of the two camps do we belong? I know I am a Capitalist, and confess to be proud of it. As a Capitalist I have been able to create better living conditions for some 100,000 workers during my lifetime. I have produced 100,000 Capitalists, mostly out of the same material from which Europe is now producing Communists. What is the practical difference between the two positions? Everybody this side of the Iron Curtain is a Capitalist, no matter what he declares himself to be. Exceptions are very few and unimportant — those in the mental, penal, and charitable institutions mainly, who are unable to live fully, due to disability. On the contrary, everybody living behind the Iron Curtain is living a Communist life, willingly or not, temporarily or permanently. The difference is that we, in freedom, live under the law which gives us rights of a Capitalist system: to own property,- to take and leave work, to choose a profession, and to choose our leaders. . . . Capitalism means the right to own — what? To own myself, my house, my business, my car, my watch, my rights according to the Constitution. To own my government, too. Communism, or the Soviet regime, means exactly the coritrary. You are owned by some entity such as the State or the Party, like so many cattle. You have your house? No. You have your money? No. You have your rights? No. All that is the property of the State or the Party — including you. In my Brazilian home I heard the story of the slave of one hundred years ago. John was a good slave-worker. He even received special money from the master from time to time to encourage his diligence. John longed for a big, wide Texan hat. He dreamed of the hat. The longing for possession is inherent in everybody, and was in John, too. He saved until he was able to go and buy the hat. It was a big, nice, shiny hat, in contrast to the flour sack with which he was usually clad. But alas! On leaving the store it started to rain. John did not hesitate. He covered the hat with the flour sack mantilla. "You fool!" somebody hollered at him. "Why did you buy the hat if now you are going bareheaded?" John declared vehemently, "Devil take the head! That's the property of my master. But the hat here, the hat is mine!' .... Ask your neighbor what, basically* he is. Probably he will not admit being a Capitalist. Why? There are some one hundred years of Communist propaganda behind that. The Communist Manifesto and Socialist teachings have identified capitalism with "Wall Street," "blood-suckers," "sweat-shoppers," etc. It has become a slander of the worst kind. . . . Dr. Jan A. Bata, Industrialist Amsterdam, Holland _LiAST year Theodore S. Repplier, president of The Advertising Council, Incorporated, made an around-the- world study of propaganda as an Eisenhower Exchange Fellow. When he returned Repplier made many reports on his findings. In all of his reports Repplier stressed the fact that this country is up against a devilishly clever and ruthless opponent who is staging the biggest and best-organi/.ed attempt at mass conversion in the history of the world. He thinks that a need which cries to heaven in the world-wide war of ideas is to make clear the triumphant fact that a new vvay of living has come to pass in the Western hemisphere. Nobody blueprinted and planned this new society, but it is none-the-less a glorious end-product of freedom in the American environment. It is a new economic system, lor it provides more neces- Page 18 ■■/ sitie'S anel more comforts to more people' than any S°c m.in has yet produced, But it i.s a new seie'ieil syste'in, too, lor it t<-lids tO^ tlie lull elimination eil e-lasscs which eliviele' man and fl And it staiuls sepiare'lv on a philosophic liase — *°. rests em an histeiiie declaration of tlie- equality eif J before their Creator, and every human being's inhefl"' of his basic rights. J This system which is not a system, anel which is >"' dynamism anel change, urgently needs a name. W'' I produced a great product which is nameless —a '-''•'"'v situation which at time's has very nearly leist ns the' l"' ; ganda war. We have trie'el to describe our system S whole heist of phrases, mostl; inaccurate or meani°8j the American way eil life, free enterprise, the' tree svstem anel se> em. lint we have settled em no I Facts Forum News, JunC L^Eur, fclism Hih:,k mr "Kind,
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