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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 023. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1492.

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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.
Place
  • 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 Intellectual the self-styled and ueee-e so l.iliil.il hv definition of the Russian-devised term— "i-iiuse varying Bentiments. A trading American intellectual, Author-Philosopher James Burn- 'uini (lower rifrlii) is featured ill "'is analysis with panelists: Author William I". Buckley, Jr., '-"Illilientator George Hamilton '-•nulls, and Professor Charles Hodges ol New York University, 'tardy Unit served as moderator. Ill'- I d like lo refer lure to a historical analogy. In the six- i'a nih century tbe great courtier and poel emd warrior. Sir Philip Sieliiiv. wrote a marvelous essay called "In De- tense ,,l Poesy." If vou read Over lhal essay you'll sec thai hi ii he attacks nearly all the poets of ihe time, llui he attacked them "' tin- name of belter and purer and more adequate poetry for which he stood and which, as a mailer of fail, he Was helping lo usher in by lhal work. In lhe same weiv it seems to me we have reached a poinl where il would be Well if someone would write- in defense M intelligence. In lhat defense he would necessarily find thai he weis making a sharp attack on mosl of those who have pretended to speak in its name *s intellectuals over lhe past generation. Hodces: I think in one of Mr. Burn- ham's hooks dealing with containmenl ,lr Liberation he makes a verv strong Poinl lhal ihe American is nol ee uieorelician. lie's nol concerned with 'deologies which have so marked the intellectual in lhe last generation, Id's sav. therefore, there's a strong anti-ideologi- '■'I tendency. I Ibink vou used those Words. We have in the vetlues of America lhe '"ipliei-is on practical doing so feu as he popular mind goes, eunl we forget '"'I before you can do. you have lo «10V, how le> elee. I ihink ihal lhal has '"'''ii lost io sighi under ihe influence of "nr American life Combs: I will nol sav that the ques- ""i is somewhat semantically unfortun- '• I would merely prefer rephrasing Is the average American intellectual II '''''Tested in government's fulfilling its "■action and duty lo lhe people? 'It RT: You're saying this is the same tUestion? Covins: Yes, emd I would nol regard thai ;is governmenl interference, in use the splendidly objective word used by my professorial colleague, ll seems to me absolutely necessary thai intellectuals recognize lhal we are no longer in ihe miniuny clothes of an Egyptian century, and lhat il is necessary to do ei certain amount of planning . . . I am tremendously impressed by Professor Burnham's commenl in one of his hooks in which he is referring to liberal intellectuals, lb- says they are mistaken in their predictions, falsi' in their analyses, wrong in their advice, eunl. through lhe resull of their actions, injurious lo lhe interests of lhe nation. That is reason enough lo strive lo free the conducl of the country's affairs from the influence of them eiml their works. Ill iKI.KV : Hear, hear! COMBS: And Mr. Buckley in a hook in which he approvingly quotes ihis seivs some day the' patience of America mav al lasl be exhausted and we will strike out againsl lhe liberals. Mr. Buckley sen- that Mr. Burnham weis mosi clearly advocating social seine linns ageiinsl them. Whal eire' social sanclions? Well. Mr. Ilitekley refers to social sanctions in somewhat indefinable terms, hut if 1 can define them making life uncomfortable for lhe target individual, schools refusing lei hire teachers, radio stations closing their doors lo errlisls and so on and so forth. I sug- gesl ilieil tin- i- rather harsh medicine' In use against lhe "intellectual." 195' PACTS FOUUM NEWS, June, 1955 Buckley: I suggest that ils a very dangerous game to misquote me in mv presence. Combs: No. no. I'm nol misquoting you in your presence. 1 haw lhe book here... Buckley: What Mr. Burnham—I will let him -pell oul the exact meaning of those phrases which have . . . COMBS: Maybe il was L. Brent Bozell's footnote down here: "Mr. Burnham wets clearly enlv ocating social sanctions against them." Buckley: The question is what does Mr. Burnham mean, and whal do Mr. Bozell and I mean in subscribing lo the notion lhat il is time lo free the conducl of the country's affairs from lhe influence of lhe liberal intelligentsia. My point is lhat there is constantly a struggle in every society for control. It's manifested politically in a democracy by a struggle for control of Congress, for example, lis ei struggle for control of the \\ hite House. I suggest that the liberals have been extremely effective. I would even go so far as to say ruthless and coarse and brutal in their struggle for power, and have been completclv successful in dispossessing conservatives of emv power. whether political power or social power, or even intellectual power. What Mr. Burnham land I will let him talk for himself lure I was suggesting in the passages that you quote, and wheel I weis hoping would turn into a prediction, is lhat sooner or later the American people would recognize lhal the dominanl liberal intellectuals in ibis country have steilehe-d them in the back; that they had been inadequate in their counsels; thai thev had been superficial: einel lhal thev had been totalitarian. Anel Im that nelson we would turn and ask someone else In assume positions of control: i.e.. for example, the conservative intellectuals. Combs: That's a verv euphemistical wav of putting somewhat blunt language ... Ill CKLEY: Socieil sanction . . . Combs: Yes, social sanction, and social sanctions mean lo you definite interference in lhe economic life... Buckley: I would suggest that it's nothing less than a social sanction the facl lhat you are hired regularly lo talk over radio and TV here in New York whereas Mr. Burnham i- not. Page 21
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