1 he letter reproduced
at right points up a facet
of Communist propaganda that lias received
1 his article outlines an
effective means of
combatting the insidious
which would corrupt
the word "capitalism"
January, 1956, issue of Stet
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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
On the contrary, everybody living behind the Iron Curtain is living a Communist life, willingly or not, temporarily
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
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
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
_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-
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
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