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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 042. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 17, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1511.

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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 Russian frontier in the Arctic forests. A Russian patrol passed and paused on its side of the boundary. Now. Russian-made radio se-ts for civilian entertainment are fully as jerry- built, shoddy and primitive as we imagine, id here stood thai Red Army patrol communicating with its command post over a Russian-made military walkie-talkie as good as any lo be seen anywhere in Europe or America. In Helsinki the Chief of Staff of the Finnish Army, hardly a man to overestimate anything Russian, confirmed to me that the quality of Russia's military radios, radar stations, complicated army communication layouts and devices is excellent in workmanship and design, and amazingly abundant. The Red civilian automobile, the l'ro- heela. the "people's automobile," is a notorious dud: so is the civilian Mosko- vitch car. Both are | rly made and collapse quickly, iel Russian-made mililarv trucks are solidly built and efficient. So arc Soviel tanks. Russian civilian ironwork is crude and clumsy. Yel Russian-made artillery of the most intricate type is the equal today of any in the world. It laid down barrages on us in Korea heavier than anv we encountered from the Germans in the lasl war. "Winn the Russians concentrate em gelling something done.'' Finland's Chief of Staff explained, "il's clear to us thai they can get it done done surprisingly well." Fuller Stalin they simply concentrated nn mililarv output, that's all. And of course there remain numerous bottlenecks and woes obstructing Russia s productivity under Malenkov. Bul when thev concentrate on consumers' goods. watch out! For thai is the- key to the Red mystery of the Fast: concentration. They concentrated on jet airplanes, made a lot of them, and good ones. Thev concentrated on artillery, made a lot of it. and good artillery. They concentrated on tanks, made a lot of them, anel good lemks. They concentrated on intricate radar interception devices, and ended up vvilh a warning network far more extensive and fully as efficient as ours. The giant consolidated nation thai can do these things can make an awful lot of alarm clocks and whatnot anv lime il wants to and sell them—or barter them- cheaper than Europe can imagine today. Americans, above all others, should respeel that word "consolidated." While Western Europe is still chopped up into some eighteen separate nations, walled off from each other by barbed-wire, entanglements of tariffs, currencies, cartels, etc.. the Soviets have constructed a vast unified traele area bigger than any- Russian coal mines in the Donets Basin -Wide World Photo ibing the world has ever seen. It stretches from Berlin to Shanghai. It includes Russiei and all ils satellites, comprising some 700 million people. Think what thai means in terms of both the economics and the economies of mass production, with unlimited and unrestricted access to raw materials ami to markets. Even our own I nited (forty- eight) Slales are small in comparison. Both as a buyer and a seller of consumer goods this veist Soviet trade area can have an overpowering political ef- feel em ei div ideal Europe. As in the Nazi era. markets can be wiped out through the dumping of Russian products. Or conversely, Soviet orders can be switched about from country to country in such a way as to produce crisis, unemployment, and political upheaval within those, countries. The grim eiml inescapable fact is that there has been enormous industrial and technical progress in lhe Soviel 1 nion since the war: stupendous hy Russian standards and enormous even by our own. Considering Europe only, there are two population blocs exactly the same size. Western Europe is a disunified grouping of 200 million people. The Soviel Union has 20(1 million people all ils own. completely unified. Russia already produces three-fifths as much steel as all Western Europe and more lhan half as much coal and electricity. But il is lhe rale of acceleration, the high speed, in lhe overtaking of West- ern Europe hy Russia lhal counts the most. Britain, for example, eis largest coal producer, slill has not recovered her prewar coal output. She now plans in increase it twenty million tons a year hv the end of lhe next twelve years. Russia has increase.el her annual coal production forty million Ions since. 1950. Western European steelmakers, even with Marshall Plan aid. have increased annual capacity only eight million Ions since lln- war. Ihe Russians have added twice thai capacity since lhe war and arc building mills lo double today's total capacity hy 1960. It is estimated that bv 1965 Russia will equal or surpass eill Western Europe in basic industrial production. Further, much of this output is coming from new. and therefore, modern, machines; and tbe evil Communist system, of course, contains its own built-in labor supply. Even aside' from slave labor, such as at Dalslroy, general manpower is unlimited -and pitiably cheap. Actually the Russian workman is taught that it is patriotic to in- exploited for the motherland. This. then, is the accelerating power feir commercial aggression and wenl.l upheaval contained in that peasant race now emerging in tbe industrial age. It was fear of the dangers and unimaginable horrors of another war. coming from Russia, lhat aroused and pressed Western Europe low aid quarantining ihis aggressor, its satellite's. and ils appendages like Red China, hv measures both mililarv and economic. Fear is lhe chief cement ivhich has bound those quarantine efforts together But as Malenkov holds out the' cat-bail of ''peace" and fear recedes, the will is weakened, the cement crumbles, the quarantine edifice tends to fall, lu fact, the incredible idea seems lo lake its place: lhat lhe way lo make communism fail is lo help il lo succeed. Tn the long run. I do nol see how lhe dangers in ignoring lhe results can 1"' underestimated if Western Europe's employment is lo be protected, her standard of living preserved and he very life itself defended against llie newly competitive Soviet I nion that is to come. For our part, I assume that everything we do in national poliev will be dedicated to combating lhe fallacious idea thai tin' way io make communism fail is lo help il lo succeed. Page 40 FACTS FORUM NEWS, June. !!'■''■'
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