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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 •Id Ptio,oS wc buy an English ear. What 1 am gel- ting at is neatly and simply synthesized in jusl one magazine piece by one author Roberl Meivneird Hulfhius. writing leer Look magazine lasl spring. It weis an orthodox reigu-of-terror piece, climaxed hv the assertion thai il was no longer safe to give money to Harvard I niversity. Now here is a man who at the age ol twont v-e'ighl weis appointed Deem of the Yale Law School, and who by the time he weis thirty was recognized as such em articulate and important critic eel Vmerican education thai he was handed a whole university to experimenl with, which be did, for twenty years or so. He ripped the curriculum to pieces: he swepl away academic cobwebs; he instituted new courses, w ipi'd out others: he brought in new professors eunl hired football coaches, and resurrected greal bonks; and throughout il all he swore by eill lhe gods ilieil he meant to do one thing: lb- meanl to educate. We meant to leach his -t it,le-nIs how lo ihink. \iul thirty years later, while slill upholding his educational theories ageiinsl all comers, he w riles this kind of foolishness aboul lhe' WOrld WC live' ill. Knowing of his respeel for Plato, I wonder if Plain's dictum lhal the educated mein is one who can "see things as they an'" doesn't make him fidgety. Or whether, given his respect for Descartes, Who said, / think therefore I 11111. Mr. Hutchins can even he sure he exists. After finishing theit article in Look, bear- ing in mind Mr. Hutchins'pretensions, I could imagine anything- could imagine Lucky Luciano writing a book aboul bow to live one's life al peace with one's '.ml and one's neighbor, or ;i 250-pound En 1 x lecturing on her patented formula 'Or keeping thin. Surely to bring in Mr. Hutchins lo head a university which propose-s to teach students how lo think ,R like bringing in as chief pilot for ''em Vmerican \irways a man with St. > ilus' dance. I exaggerate, you feel. I oversimplify, but I don't. I maintain thai there isn't ;| dialectical magician in this country— °r even one in England who can prove ' eun wrong in concluding thai the man "ho points to thai ceiling and says "Thai '' a cumulus cloud" is blind: and I say "nil the man who reports thai there is ' reign of terror on in this country cein- ftoi eis-is- evidence, cannot, for eill inputs eiml purposes, ihink: and that's j'11' -ho,, ihai fiis Robert Hutchins, who has been given fifteen million dollars by j'11 Ford Foundation lo prove that war N peace, slavery is freedom, hysteria is s»nily. public protests demanded a scalp . One' or two other illustrations of lhe ^capacity of lhe Liberal to assess ev i- '''ii..'. -1,1,1 | musl move' on to other char- ■"'h'lislics of his mind. One ihinks itn- —Wide World Photo Robert M. Hutchins mediately of the J. R. Matthews episode. In an article of a scries which described the Communist penetration of our institutions, Mr. Matthews came, in due course, lo our churches. And he began his article nn them by making a purely statistical observation which he ben kid up in lhe body of tbe article itsell by listing the names of many of the unfortunate clergymen who had associated themselves, for the most part during ei period of moral and intellectual blackout, wilh one or more Communist enterprises. The article in question vvas written for a conservative magazine, thus quite a while elapsed before anyone read il. But then someone did. and there was hell lo pay for ibis eissetult on Christianity w hiih. incredibly, is what il grew to be after the Liberals were through with it. \ senator of the United States said, publicly. "When someone' makes charges so foul, he ought to have the courage lo name names." Our Liberal leaders fell all over each oilier making public pro- lesls, and demanding J. B. Matthews' sceilp. Inevitably, il vvas delivered unlo litem. Only then did the Liberals feel theii lhe crisis was past, theit they could go back and preach aboul how ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. The afternoon thai I beard that J. R. Matthews vvas fired withoul a hceir- itlg. withoul einv specific challenge lo any of lhe data on lhe basis of which he made his generalization that afternoon I felt the Liberals were through. The meaning of the J. B. Matthews episode would suddenlj dawn upon the community, anil never again, no never, not even ai college commencements, could anv of these people talk aboul how ,|o,.. ji go? "We shetll seek lhe truth and endure the consequences?"—or aboul the presumption of innocence, or about ei fair hearing, or about hysteria without sending the audience into gales of laughter. I expected, and I am quite serious, that the social significance of the slogan. "Remember J. B. Matthews."' woulel feir outweigh in history, the military significance of the war-cry. "Remember the Alamo."' The mistake I made is obvious, and will probably strike most of my leaders as childish. I had assumed thai the Liberals would recognize that they had sinned: and that having done so, they would repent and reform. Hotv innocent I was. For the most part, they do not know—to this day—the meaning of what ihcv did. And the balance, those who know, don't care. To say "Remember J. R. Matthews!" lo a Liberal audience communicates about as much as "Dig lhal crazy mixed-up square" would to a group of Oxford dons. \ final word aboul the Liberal and objective evidence. The research of the past ten years has made it literally impossible to uphold, rationally, the position lhat an attack by the Japanese, in one form or another, came in 1911 as a complete surprise' to Presidenl Roosevell and his close associates. Rut no evidence —of any kind will alter the Liberal version of Pearl Harbor. Neither clefl mountains, separated seas, nor signs in tbe sky testify ing to tbe truth will shake the Liberals' failh in Mr. Roosevell as a "firsl principle," or their belief in his infallibility and omniscience as its corollaries. Not even a Liberal himself, not even an illustrious one. can do any- Ihing about this, intellectual commitment. Charles Beard tried il. and they hounded him out of public life. What goes on. I asked a shrewd man. after reading a bitter excoriation of Beard by one of lhe court historians over at Columbia University in 1017. "Il's as simple as ibis." he lold me, "The greatest historian of our time has tackled the greatest politician of our time. There's no doubt aboul who is going to win." To sum up. II hen the Liberal ihinks. he lends to think illogically. He lends, moreover, to he inconsistent, and to ignore anv evidence that fails to harmonize vvilh the verdict he proposes at all cost lo support. Such are the qualifications of our intellectual elite. THE "ARMCHAIR" LIBERAL "mother fundamental charcteristic of the Liberal mind, related to and perhaps responsible For some of its inconsistencies, is intolerance. The sloti<<l Liberal who reposes in his armchair and reviews, conscientiously, kindly, ungrudgingly, lhe parade of ideas thai differ from his own. bears verv little resemblance to ihe dogmatic trigger- happy Liberal of today. The Liberal today makes of intolerance a way of life. 1 Living prescribed the limits within which political discussion may safely go forward, be enforces those' limits bv 195' '''Acts FORUM NEWS, June, 1955 Page
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