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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
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  • 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 (Continued sinus einel distortions and oversimplifications. Aware of these limitations then. I nevertheless venture upon a short analysis of the Liberal mind. And I shall argue thjl it is indispensable to a knowledge of that mind lo recognize that there is un enormous area in which the Liberal does not know lime to think. More specifically: he is illogical, he is inconsistent, and he cannol assess evidence. Several years ago. I wrote a critique of modern education specifically, of Yale education for which I now feel I must, in part- apologize. I apologize not so much for the irrelevance of the indictment as for its incompleteness Almost all of my critics intoned lhal Yale that Liberal education attempts to teach students not wltat to think, bul how to ihink. Ami I used tei answer ihem with some such observation as that, my ignorant but decent delivery man is a far better citizen of the world, to use ei term iheit engages the rapt and respect- fa) attention of all Liberals, than the chairman "f the department of philosophy of Moscow University who—make no mistake about it—is nol ignorant. I slill maintain lhat ihis is a sufficient answer, bul I shall never forgive myself for being so easily duped as to accept uncritically tin- premise that lhe Liberals are, indeed, successfully teaching American students bow to think. I should have come back at my critics ~ it would have been easy by demonstrating that not only does modern education lend to (each you to think what you ought nol lo think, il also fails to teach you hou- to think. There isn't space for many examples nf the Libera] mind eit work on a logical problem, so let me attempt just one or two. Some months ago. I suggested on a television program that symbolic of the sluggishness of the collective Liberal anti-Communist effort is the fact that should Eleanor Roosevelt meet Senator McCarthy eit a cocktail partv she would probably refuse- to shake hands with him. whereas she would almost as surely shake Yishinsky's hand at the same parly. A day or two later a reporter asked her. How about it? Indignantly she answered lhat she would shake-hands with both Visbinsky and McCarthy eil any future social affair, that in the past she had nine' shaken McCarthy's hand (this weis evidently ;i vivid memory). and that was lhat. \ot quiii-. however; f"r '•' month or two later she was asked in her regular question-aud-atiswer column in Ladies llnme Journal. "In a recent column from Page 6) you defended your right to shake hands with Mr. Visbinsky. and Senator McCarthy. Would you also have felt it wees righl to shake hands with Adolf Hitler?" Replied Mrs. Roosevelt (not, I ihink. alter anything but thc intensesl intellectual effort to solve that one), "In Adolf Miller's early days I mighl have eanisiel- eiiil it. but after he had begun his mass killings I don'l think I could have borne it." I suggest thai any effort to understand Mrs. Roosevelt S code on when it is permissible to shake someone's hand is very difficult if one has reference' to these.statements. If we were lo set up a syllogism, here is how it would look: Proposition V: K. R. will not shake hands with llieise who are guilty of meess kUtings. Proposition He E. K. will sheike hands with visbinsky. Conclusion: \ i-lnnsky is nut guilty of mass killings. But even Mrs. Roosevelt knows lhal he is or weis. rather. So what was she' 3e WwM ertttre, Andrei Visbinsky, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adolf Hitler. Iryiug lo say? Was she trying lo say lhal there ;ne significant differences between Hitler and Visbinsky? If so. with reference In whal system of ethics, or whal system of logic, do these differences emerge? The only explanation Mrs. Roosevell attempts is thai "after Hitler had begun his mass killings." then she couldn't bear il. But not only has she been able to bear lo shake hands and drink cocktails with the first-ranking butcher of lhe Soviet (.'nion. she has found il bearable to talk with him, as a co-aspirant, about drafting a mutually satisfactory declaration of human rights! It is much loo easy lo accept, on the basis of this performance, lhe explanation that Eleanor Roosevell i- anti-Nazi but pro-Communist But thai is not the answer. Eleanor Roosevelt is not pro- Communist. She just doesn't know how lo think. Not even potentially, I should -ay. Shi' is line of the people lo whom Pythagoras could nol have explained aliout his triangle. Ii may be objected theii generalizations aboul lhe Liberal mind based on anything lhat comes oul nf Mrs. Roosevelt are invalid. I disagree. The index lo lhe intellectual sensitivity eif ei person i- nut only whal comes out nl him. lull what he puts up with from others. Has anyone here ever heard any stentorian voice from Liberaldom register dismay at this or any olher of lhe intellectual monstrosities mothered by this woman? \o: Mis. Roosevell is ei certified Liberal, and 1 know of no one who refuses to acknowledge her license as ei speekes- man for American Liberalism. In quelling her I do not pretend in be i(iioting from ei first-ranking Liberal scholar or philosopher; bul I do ask why first- ranking Liberal scholars and philosophers and thoughtful laymen countenance her. It musl l.r either because (a) they arc aware that Mrs. Roosevelt's close personal and political association with her husband invested her with a gleinxir which is highly utilitarian, or lb), land ihis is both more plausible and more charitable), not know ing themselves how to Ihink. they are incompetent lo recognize lhal Mrs. Rnees.- vell does nol know how to think. However farfetched ibis explanation may appear, bow else do vou accounl for il? The Liberal community never seems lo have enough of her. Colleges stand in line to award her honorary degrees; she is forever speaking lo any group on the subject of anything, and her annual books eire snuggled close to the Liberal bosom. Only verv. very seldom do they meet up with condign punishment. This happened with Mrs. Roosevelt's last book, which was unfortunate enough to fall into lhe hands ol a man who does know how to think. Professor James Burnham. Wrote Mr. Burnham: In Imliii umi ih, lieitl.ening East, Mrs. Roosevelt weis able to complete her flower- strewn march unpricked by the thorns uf liaison. .. . Like all lur writing, the contents eun! prose eif this heeeek aveiie! excessive ele- ineunls on tier readers. In crossing from the Arab lands Into Israel sin- has in one striking way a i-urieius experience: tin' population, she Finds, is predominantly Jewish.... In another passage *\m tells us eel.eeut Mr. Suelliii- Ghosh, whose enthusiasm inspires on.' with confidence! Whal i- ee reilieeiiell leeitig to tneekc of such ee phrase? Enthusiasm inspires em.' eeiili confidence? Ily llu' record, Hitler wets the mosl enthusiastic man e.f our time, eunl Father Coughlin, Meeee. Iluey Long, and Lenin are not feir behind. See therefore? Bul tin" phrase is of course not rational, nor tl"' expression of re-eisem.... This furious energy, to which ;e ajgein- ti<' ego frantically clings... is like- ee greal tank with .3 drunken driver, loose in the crowded striata eef a city. It is the onrush of sentiment, unguiileel and unrestrained l.v Intelligence, reason, or principle. Over whatever subject, problem, plan, or issue Mr-. Roosevelt touches, sh-- spreads ;l squjillike ink of directionless feeling. \H distinctions eer-- blurred, .ell analysis fouled, eunl ill theit murk clear lleeiiight is Forever impossible. Still — Mrs. Roosevelt is one woman- and there eire many Liberals, so. prop- erlv. w e must move on. Pa ire ."i2 FACTS FORUM NEWS, June, /•"■'■''
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