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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 008. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 12, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1477.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 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 The Liberal Mind By William F. Buckley, Jr. William F. Buckley, Jr., author of t.ntl and Man nt Yule, co-authored with I.. Brent BoxeU the widely-discussed book McCarthy and His Enemies. Buckley, ■ Ix>.>0 Yale graduate, ii- a lecturer and regular panelist on Facts Forum's WSWLKS FOR AMERICANS. Buckley has projected a new magazine, National Weekly, which, according to Nemweek, is slated to begin publication in September. Ix recent years, a number of important hook.- anil articles 1 e;ix.■ been written, and important things thought and said about the Communist. Whal is he like? What goes on in his mind? What i- lie afraid of? How can we- move him? How does In- operate? Whal i- he likely lo do in ihi- situation, or that one? How can we vanquish him here, contain him I lure, coexist wilh him over then? \\ e haven't mastered the Communisl temperament, or the Communisl mind, true: much of the Communisl remains inscrutable. But the progress we have meiele- is veist. We have' learned so much aboul this man. and aboul his movemenl that. I think il is safe to -eev. the Communist emerge- ei> the- most predictable political animal alive emd active today. One would ihink that, in this case. knowing the enemy is nine-tenths of the battle, \fter all. we are physically stronger than the Communists, emd we firmly believe thai our values are inherently superior to theirs. Yel year in and year nut wc mil only come in second in every hip of oni mortal race vvilh lhe Communists, we a rr made lo look as though we had elected l.e race wilh halls and chains lied to our ankles, ami blindfolds over our eyes. Could it he' thai we have fundamentally misunderstood the Communists, wilh lhe result that, like the mem with the -lull game, they are able lo fool us every lime? Hid we lose North Korea because the Communists upset all our careful calculations hy acting atypi- rallv? Diel we- lose Indochina because the Communists pulled something out of tin- bag thai no reasonable Westernei could possibly have- anticipated? Do lhe Communists continue lo have- sucl strength in Italy emd France because of an inventiveness so diabolically ingenious ;i- te. incapacitate ihe Western strategist? I believe not. V- I -eiv. I believe th-- Communisl i^ a highly predictable creatine-. I believe thai ;i> the result of our tortuous journey into the' recesses of lhe Communisl mind, we have come close I., understanding him. Bul we .lo not understand lhe people charged vvilh coping with the Commu- Pane 6 nists, ami they, quite evidently, ilo not understand the Communists. I believe that our mosl immediate challenge is to understand our leaders; and having understood them we musl either dispossess them ol power, or make them understand, or prepare- to die. For our leaders, call them what vou will -.>e i.el democrats, Fabians, progressive moderates; I eedl them Liberals, and I -pell lhal word wilh ei capital "L" are the unknown in the great equation. 1 think il i> eei-v lo demonstrate lhal we- know more about lhe workings ..I lhe mind of Nikolai Bulganin than we know about lhe workings of lhe mind of Dwight Eisenhower. I'm-, while compared io one another with reference to almost einv acceptable standard, one i- ei si■Dunilrel emd one relatively ei saint the life of Bulganin makes sense- in a way thai the life of Eisenhower does not. A reviewer of mv lasl la>e>k charged lhal in using the word Liberal I could onlv bene in mind the' clientele of Nation magazine. I have- lain careful in lhe- past, and will continue lo he. lo he precise enough to defend myself easily against such ei charge: so that when I talk about Liberals il i- 'lien lhat I am nol referring only lo those frenzied malcontents who support the Nation, I heivc in mind the pleasant eunl pensive man who owns vour local bookstore emd fills his window full of lhe collected complaints of E. 15. While. James Wechsler. and Elmer Davis, iheil good and lovable lady who regularly deserts her housewifely duties in the spring lo help raise money for the- 1 nited World Federalists, and the ambitious and orderly young man who works for a Wall Slreel broker and maps programs emd dreiws up manifestoes for lhe ^ oung Republican Club lamenting our age of suspicion. I don't mean to imply thai there is no such thing as lhe sinister, lhe guileful, or lhe treacherous Liberal; there are many; hut the majority are in most respects good emd amiable and talented people. So I eun nol talking aboul an inirulv little eddy. When I talk about modern Liberalism I am teelkiiiL' aboul lhe main- stream of contemporary political and philosophical thought, the swollen and irrepressible stream fed lor so many years hy the water- ol rationalism, positivism. Marxism, eunl utopianism. \- regards contemporary American controversies, lhe Liberal i> likely lo feel lhal Owen Lattimore has been unjustly persecuted eunl lhal our loyallv program lias become em instrument ol right-wing conformity. He tends to believe lhal th* Bricker Amendment i> ei reactionary pi"1 to immobilize lhe executive branch °' government. He is easily persuaded tha' Senator McCarthy represents lodeev th* same kiml of threat thai \dolf Hitlf held out to the Germans Iwenlv year* ago. \nil whatever litile- disagreement* thej heive' in their own ranks, thc li'1 erals unite to honor their heroes, lu h'vl il is Oliver Wendell Holmes; in education and philosophy il is John Dewey! in politics it i- Franklin Roosevelt. The pi.lure I have drawn of lhe Li'1' ei nl is. of course, fragmentary and '"' conclusive, ll has onlv the purpose "' iriviiiL- ;i general idea of ju>i who ii * I am talking about, of dispelling tDj notion lhal when I talk ahemt ei Liber* I could onlv be referring to ment8 spastics such as Nye Bevan or \gn*"* Meyer. PERILS OF THE LIBERAL MIND Then we cannol survive unless " understand our own leaders the >'i>' ing elite of the Western world lll(' Liberals. I urge therefore theii those who :"' competent to do so sel oul. as ;i tne'"' of urgent concern to us all, to explore to Liberal mind. I myself have neither I'1 patience, the -kill-, nor the tiephleit"" in embark upon so frightening an •" venture. \- of ihis moment I am met* reporting on what I can see- from he'1' aware theii the distance that -epareil' me eunl mv target mav resull in '"' (Continued nn Puff FACTS FORUM NEWS, .him. '■"■'"' of e fAr,i
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