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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
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. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Replies To The Liberal Mind" re In the June 1953 issue of Facts Forum /Vcics. replies were invited to William F. Buckley, Jr.'s article. "The Liberal Mind." Many readers have responded lo Mr. Buckler's chaHenCUlg treatise. We present here Iwo letters expressing views opposed Io those of Mr. Buckley eunl a leller from Reader's Digest editor F.ugene Lyons whose use of the phrase "totalitarian Liberal" was mentioned by Mr. Buckley* purposes, speak of peace, any peace men enieni is categorically branded "pro-Communist." Because Communists cry oul for racial integration, thc eJAACP is looked down upon as a stooge of communism. Thai is lhe foolish line or argument Conservatives are throwing ai Americans every day. "The perils of lhe Liberal mind" are nil in comparison to lhe perils of lhe Conservative mind. —Kenneth A. Holmes, Minister Kansas City, Kansas Biilpaiiin and Buckley— Both Conservatives? I am glad thai Air. Buckley admits that what he writes in his article. "The Liberal Mind," is "fragmentary and inconclusive." That is staling the case against his arguments in an exceedingly mild fashion. Apparently Mr. Buckley is of the opinion that conservatives arc of such a nature that "lhe haired they feel for anyone who disagrees with them' I to use some of his exacl words) never "Iwisls their minds and poisons their hearts." Ih- states that "it i- possible in maintain that such inconsistencies (the inconsistencies of a Liberal) ...reflect not on the Liberal mind hut on lhe Liberal temperament," bul he very hurriedly i5is|s the possibility ei-idc as em improbability because Liberals are. for the most pari, "icy men who think in refrigerated offices, where passion is nol admitted." Now, il may he that Conservatives sit in different tvpe offices, hut both Conservatives and Liberals are human and both, when llicy feel some importanl meitlrr is eil steike-. sometimes yield 1.. the temptation, icy office' or not. lu trim a bit of a corner off of "the whole truth" or to becloud the issue somewhal for lhe sake' e.f their pel interest. Mr. Buckley himself may hr doing lhat. It is pretty hard to believe that George Sokolskv always eleed- objectively with the 15 idence before him and never tells even "a little white lie." while Drew Pearson is ito use Air. Buckley's words again) "a practiced liar. ' Now, a Conservative, evidently, is one who wishc- to reinserve' certain features of our way of life, certain landmarks, certain principles which men in previous generations considered good and useful. Every man is. iii lhal sense. somewhat of a Conservative. A Liberal, if the term is supposed lo refer In tin opposite ..I ei Conservative, is ..ne who is willing to Iel go of certain attachments lo the past when he feels that "letting go" will allow him lo grasp hold nl something better in thr presenl and fur the future. And. it follows lhal a Liberal i- one who occasionally dors feed that way. All of us obviously have some of the Libera] tendency, too. Air. Buckley, being of a predominantly conservative turn of mind, finds it impossible lo comprehend the Liberal mind. To him lhe life of Bulganin makes more sense than lhe life of Eisenhower. Why? Because Bulganin (though he would probably vigorously deny it) is a Conservative, as is Air. Buckley. Roth are indiscriminate lovers of certain aspects of the past out of which they and their minds developed. Air. Buckley ihinks the Liberal mind i« "undisciplined,' ami many Liberal "minds" quite likely are. Rut, he ibus nol recognize the disciplinary principle in the lives of a host eef Liberals because his soune- e.f discipline is s,> differenl than theirs. His discipline emanates from authorities in that segmenl of the past which hr considers sacred. Their discipline is a spiritual principle, applicable' in every given situation and lo every area of life. "Humanitarianism," "concern for lhe common g I," is their discipline. That is their authority for their every policy and every acl. They may make many mistakes; they may often apply lhe principle wrongly. Perhaps lhe current policies of leading Liberals in high pieties are not the best and iu-c-I. Time will tell. Rul they go courageously forward with the welfare of the human race in llieir hearts. Tradition be hanged, if necessary. Authority be ignored, too, if need he. If the Liberal lias his blind spots and being human, he prolieil.lv ele.es. please let us admit that the Conservative men be occasionally wrong, too. However, lhe mosl asinine assumption of all is thai because a number of Liberals have been successfully duped hv communism, liberalism is. per se. "pink" or "pro-Communist." The Communist propagandists ore clever enough lo shout oul eurainst lhe same social evils which disturh true Liberals. Thereby thev worm into lhe fellowship of liberal groups eunl s,mi.'times lead unwar). bul thoroughly sincere, men out of true liberalism into Communisl orthodoxy. Tbe Conservative i- sn wary and so obstinate and so devoid ol spiritual principle' while adhering tu tradition lhal he' throws ihr babj mil with the bath. Because Communists, for srlfish The Beam in Buckley's Eye? I have jusl read an article entitled "The Liberal AH,id" by William F. Buckley, Jr. .. . After reading the article, I am forced lo conclude lhal if hv your medium vou an- attempting to cater to erudite emd serenely intellectual people'. then Air. Buckley is mil vour man. If vou have other purposes, however, then, in thai case, anv old writer will do. Air. Buckley accuses lhe Liberals of not being able lo think straight or objectively, bul edl ihe while the beam is certainly in his eve. Ih- states that liberalism is fed by the waters of rationalism, positivism. Marx- ism, and utopianism. As if conservatism were nol fed by the waters of rationalism and positivism. Mr. Buckley admits Senator McCarthy - lies eunl calumnies bul condones them in his book which was co-authored hy Rozell. Such pragmatic position and ideologv. direct descendants of posiliv ism. make Mr. Ruck- lev ei 100 per cent legitimate offspring of positivism. When does Mr. Buckley complain aboul lhe pragmatic nature of conservatism, lo say nothing of conservatism's ideological affinity with Marxism with respect lo production and materialism being the ideals of lhe workingman. or should he so. As a Conservative, Mr. Buckley undoubtedly ele -ii''- a religious ideal, hut his rhetorical pieces certainlv make one wonder il Mr. Buckley has forgotten lhal good intentions pave the road to hell. In his piece, "Ihr Liberal Mind." he lakrs Mrs. Roosevell to lask on an insignificant matter whether or not t° shake hands with Visbinsky. Hitler. M'' Ilarthy, a- if hiv ia decided a person s fiinileimenl.il ethos. Then he anil Mr Burnham lake her lo lask for saying in a hemk lhal Sudliii Ghosh's enthusiasm inspires nni' with confidence, then commenting lhal such statement is >r' rational. Both Mr. Buckley and Burnham in.iv he reminded lhal there I* nothing irrational or recondite about the statement. Enthusiasm always in* spires confidence, particularly if one '" -us. e -plible lo I hi- cut luisieism. Messrs- Buckle) and Burnham, aside' from I"" laboring minuscule points fur contrO' versy, should realize lhal there is nolh' iica mysterious eil.eeut an elementar) Page Hi FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, 19Sf
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