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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 Hardy Burt (left), and Max Eastman I ell us something about your experiences there, Mr. Eastman, that is, when your disillusion men! started—lhe firsl experience of disillusionment? li -Luted in 1924 jusl before I left. I came to Russia at the time righl alter the New Economic Policy when things were at their best. \nd I was more appalled al the kind of scholastic, theological belief in Marxism as a revealed religion. 1 was more troubled by that than anv oilier feature there. I spenl mosl of my time working towards this hook. Marxism: ts ii a Science? So, in thai respeel. theoretically, I was againsl il all right from the star! -that is. the metaphysics of Marxism. Bul I was for tbe social experimenl. I was close enough to the Bolsheviks so that I go! an invitation to attend two Congresses of the Russian Communisl party. And the lasl one. jusl before I left in 1924. was the one in winch Stalin and his [wo lieutenants ami all the up and coming Communists, having got past the Congress, pul an end to Trotsky's influence in the party. I was sitting there and watched Stalin pull lhal off. From I hen on I watched him ascend lo the position ol an absolute totalitarian dictator. Al first, I thoughl of him as an enemy of lhe experiment, bul I very gradual!) realized thai he was to be regarded as a result of the experiment. ''<> you consider communism a religion? ^- es. il's a godless religion. "hai would you sav is the difference between Christianity •■ a religion and communism as a religion? I he principle outstanding difference is thai Christianity looks to the salvation <>f man by his being good. Communism looks to the salvation of societ) by adopting the ethics of war iii peacetime by being had. '" win think lhal there*- any chance for a peaceful CO- ''-Msteiiec wilh communism? ' don't ihink there wjjl ever be peace in the world until 'lie Marxists are dethroned in Moscow and elsewhere. i ''i spoke id' danger of socialism itself in our country. What " you think should he done aboul thai danger, Mr. Eastman? Just whal you and I are doing talking aboul the subject, •M'o-e it so that the public as a whole will know aboul It? lea, it's an educative thing. I ihink whal ihis countr) "lo-t need- now i- a magazine, a journal ol letters which uonld discuss all phases of life, bul recognize thai the "Klin evil and lhe main danger to mir way of life is statism. '- Eastman, is it your analysis thai the Socialists in America ,lr'' inclined lo feel sympathy, some sorl of subconscious .^"'piithy. even with socialism in Russia? Of course most of "'"i certainl) blasl Soviel communism in puhlic statements, ' es, il isn't so much lhal thej led sympath) with '"mmunism because they don't. They're violentl) against uhat the> 'all lln- methods of the Communists. I nfor- [unately. these arc the methods which history chose to bring aboul a state owned economy. The Socialists are in ihe weak position of believing in the results hut saying, "Oh. no. thai isn't the right way lo do it." w hit h is certainly not a strong position politically. I notice lhat Chapter Seven in your hook is entitled, "Whal To (lull Yourself." Mow this is a complex problem for main people in America today, because the political terms have become awfidly confusing*) Conservatives repard themselves as liberals and say thai the liberals have stolen their word conservative—liberal from them. .And some liberals tike to say they're progressive, and nnddle-of-the-loaders like lo say they are progressive moderates or liberal conservatives. Whatever that would be—I haven't the slightest idea! \\ hal do you think that a person of left-wing persuasions should call himself, and what ilo you think a person of so- called rijiht-wiiif; persuasions should call himself? Nobody has stolen anv name. It's an evolution in ihr language. Thc word liberal when it originated and also thc word left meanl extreme advocates of indi\ idual freedom as against state control. And gradually the opinions of the intellectuals, who called themselves liberal, have shifted around from an interest in freedom to an interest in social welfare a sorl of approximation lo equality rather than freedom. And lhe word has gone along with them. Ihcv have now arrived to a poinl where they're so strong for the kind of economic social justice, as they call ii. that the) an- even not disposed to he very harsh aboul lhe Soviel I nion. and they're not in the least opposed io motions in lln- direction of state control al home. Therefore, the word liberal lias really come to mean a person who is for more -late control, whereas originally il was a person who wouldn't stand for any state control at all. What does the word conservative mean? The word conservative fortunately has kind ol preserved its meaning, ll means, primarily, to conserve the value w I have. I call mvself a radical conservative. ACTS FORUM NEWS, June, 1955 Isn't the conservative more inclined lo bo (he builder I ban the liberal in present day terms? Well, I don'l know whether that's so good they re both trying to build, but the liberals—the left liberals are hui Id ing lhe wrong thing, 1 ihink. and the conservatives are building the right thing. TO AID FACTS FORUM Tell your station, or the sponsors, if you are enjoying their Patriotic programs. \sk vour favorite newsstand for llie harts Forum Vetcs, and tell news dealers ahout the News. (iel llie Chairman of your eluli to write for llie Facts Forum Sale Agency plan, which will enable vour club lo meet ils expenses through commissions. \\ rite Letters to Editors about the Add Patriotism to Ads plan, so lhat ihe public will understand ii. Gel your neighborhood discussion group lo raise Faels Forum Poll questions in their meetings. Find if Patriotic air programs are properly scheduled in your paper. (iel one person eaeh week lo Subscribe lo lhe Facts Forum News. Write Fails Forum for material which «ill assist m>u in interesting business friends in ADDINC PATRIOTISM TO THKIK ADS. Page 47
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