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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
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  • 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 Covins: As a mallei ol fact, I dare say lhat Air. Burnham could, withoul difficulty, find sponsorship for lhe enunciation of his rather extraordinary views. BUCKLEY: Aon say lhal Mr. Burnham is distinguished from other people because he meets your particular qualifications as an intellectual .. . Covins: Mr. Buckley, I don't think vou would encounter any difficulty in finding sponsorship for your own rather eield philosophies. BURT. Would vou like to have the job as agent, Mr. Combs? lie i vi us: Thai is one that 1 believe I would eschew for lhe moment. Burnham: Mr. Combs is giving this verv strange aura to the term "soeial sanctions" eis if Mr. Buckley and I were proposing lhal lhe liberal intellectuals should he taken oul and pul in concentration camps . . . Combs: Oh, no. no. no. no, no! No, theit isn't w heel w els -elid. Burnham: Or things ,,f thai sort. Well, whal In the world is more natural than lo favor those whom one believes have the correct answers to mir country's problems occupying, for example, the important posi> in tin- Steile Department? Social sanctions mean throwing people out of pobcy-directing positions in the f-teile- Department who are leading our country .. . Covins: Those arc political sanctions. Ill umi v\i: ... into it- own destruction. No. thev re also economic sanctions, ll loses joles and ei very fine- thing il is for the country thai some of them recently like .John Stewart Service, like John P. Davies and so on. . . . Thai's lln -oil of sanction we're talking about. Covins: I would suggest in reply t" Mr. Buckley's assertion lhat lhe liberals have' -led.hid us in the- back and the liberals have brought us lo this present state of distress that, while there hasn't been quite enough intellectual planning in the presenl administration, tin- country does not seem io l.e- prostrate. I ve sce-n no ev idence of mass misery. I've seen verv little proof of lhal degree of -.». ieil dislocation which is about to bring revolution. I think lhe intellectuals have' done very well. Buckley : I ihink these ein- highly I'eillous statements lo make lo a society lhal has just lived through I line' wars in a period of thirty years and faces eit point blank range lhe grealesl and solid- est and mosl formidable enemy lhal civilization has ever seen, thai is forcing 30 per cent of its income to Iry to buy ourselves some kind of reprieve from tbe mistakes thai have been made by our liberal leadership over the' pasl thirty ve-eirs. COMBS: A on would have had us oppose fascism, I take it? Buckley: Arc you bringing in fas- Page 22 here? \\ hal connection . Covins: You said that mistakes had been made. Buckley: So what? Nov, this is the liberal's mind at work. (inxins: Well, of course'. Germany was fascist emd Italy was a Fascist country. Japan was a Fascist country. You would not have had us oppose' their encroachments? BUCKLEY: And the Soviet I'nion was a Communist country. Combs: No. no. no. Answer my question. Would you not have had us oppose Germany's militarism? Buckley: I'm saying thai if Mr. Burnham, or anybody whom he desig- neileil. heul been iii charge of our foreign poliev starting from 1938 on. we would nol he in our present plight because he did not fall for lhe Communists after 1938 and 1939. Hut lhe liberals almost lee a man did. with lhe resull lhal while we- we're Irvine In beeii Hitler here, all we did was transfer lhe center of totalitarian power from Berlin lo Moscow and reinforce it tremendously in the process. Covins: I ihink you have to narrow vour argument a good dci\\. Forget aboul ihose three world wens that we improvi- denlly fought. Ih CKLEY: I'm saying that linn i- no justification for your Pollyannish talk here eiboitt how prosperous and well off we are In the face of this terrible plight. Il's irresponsible. Covins: I ihink. as a mailer of fad. we're very well off. indci'd. if there were a little higher content of planning. BURT: Are the American people suspicious of intellectuals or do the people look to intellectuals for political and economic leadership? Hodces: I should sav thai the people are nol sufficiently politically alert to classify in ihis particular manner. I suppose that il's a question of nol bothering about egg beads, to lake ei popular expression. . . . Now il seems to me thai leadership response in America i- essentially glandular ami certainly nol intellectual. I Ihink we follow heroes: we stampede along an emotional line I don'l think there's much intellectual elceision ils vii. Bucki.ev : 1 Ihink il's the opposite. Burnham: I ihink in much of the country lhe people are growing suspicious of intellectuals and with very- good reason reason, al least, looked al in lhe short view. They ein- suspicious of them because they see some of their fruits. They see— eunl much heller than lhe papers and commentators very often give them credit for il they see what has hap- pcneil in the international position of this country. They see the consolidation of so much of lhe world against us. Thev see thc facl that we- are unable to acl effectively againsl it precisely because we- have followed the advice of intellectuals, especially ihe liberal and lefl intellectuals who have- been dominating public opinion in Ihis country and who have been dominating lhe Slate Department and the other agencies of the government lhal determine foreign policy. This suspicion, in mv opinion, is unfortunate in one sense- because il tends to become a suspicion of intelligence and of intellectual work in general instead of being directed elgelinsl these specific persons who eire lhe authors of lhe difficult position, lhe almost desperate position in which we now find ourselves. Hi CKLEY: I'd like' lo jusl amplify whal Mi. Burnham has been saying and al lhe same time remark on Mr. Hodges slatemcnt bv seiv ing llieit. unfortunately, lhe American response is not visceral. If il had been visceral they would nol have been so willing lo forgive our leaders for lhe terrible and costly and bloody mistakes that they have made. Nor would they he willing In forgive one atrocity after the other thai have been traceable lo lhe Soviel Union. I believe we need more emotion, more passion, ;i visceral response, indeed right from the stomach. I would sav Mr. Burnham therefore put bis finger on il when he setvs thai wc musl never allow our resentment over tin' terrible specific errors made by our intellectual leadership in lhe leisl thirty years to turn us into agents of anti- inlelleclualism. as such. This. I hope we' will nol do. The people who arc conducive In such an attitude enc lhe liberals who really stick io their outworn and mistaken premises. Burnham: Or he anti-intellectual in general. Covins: r should like lo call lo the attention of Air. Burnham. who has peisseal this einimaelv iTsion upon lhe U1' telleeluals in power, lhat thev eire responsible for social security; thev are responsible for unemployment insurance; thev an- responsible for the possible adjustment uf monetary policies and credit lo prevent deflation; thev are responsible' for ihis presenl stable world- Therefore il would seem In me- th*' it ill behooves him lo criticize tl"' pioneering work of men who were llrnk' ing constructively, simplv because ™" would like In retire into lln- sarcophagi" of Cheops. PERCEPTIVE HEADERS often w;mt oxira copies for home *'_ off ier in onh'r lhat frit'iiil*. am) <li<'"!" may also read FACTS FORUM NKWS If you wi-.li quantities nf FACTS 1'OlU •" NEWS, SO dial von may give your ralh'rJ a copy, order now ai special hulk rate *' 15 cents a copy. See order blank "' page 46. FACTS FORUM NEWS, /ub^ t$&
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