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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956 - File 009. 1956-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/279/show/218.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 1956
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. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ha from ^Cke <§reat ^pretew^e Is Stalin's Russia Weakening? By WHITTAKER CHAMBERS >>->-»->-»■ Whittaker Chambers, a former courier for the Soviet underground espionage apparatus in America, is known to millions of Americans for his courageous exposure of Soviet underground activities in the United States, particularly in the United States government, and for his identification of Alger Hiss as a secret Soviet agent. A distinguished writer and a former senior editor of "Time" magazine, Mr. Chambers has told the story of his years with the Communist Party and the motives for his final break with it in his compelling autobiography, "Witness." (I vV li- sleep, achii" ', power i>), ie day it v.j us out w1 4 Vji iim.vr developments in communism, following the 20th Congress of "ie Soviet Communist Partv. appear " divide anti-Communist opinion •*iefly on two questions: (1 ) Will litis *eaken communism? (2) Will it lengthen communism? I belong ''niong those vvho answer: "Yes, over joe long pull," to question 2. I simply "'''eve that, nine limes out of ten, *nks and automatic rifles are more '''■ective than stones, or pop bottles, ^en though the stones are thrown at n° Communist tanks bv desperately •'"ant anti-Communists. I believe, ,(). that, nine times out of ten, organisation defeats no organization, that a "lit. aggressive organization, such as '•' Soviet government, defeats diffuse l|,('sl or even such anti-Communist "'•'igroimil organization as we are ^"""'tinics told exists within the Com- l "'"ist empire. I do not. in general, eiicve that spontaneous revolts, even locally ferocious, can succeed t£™nst a modern police slate, like the 0viet Union. That is why I held the J-POpular view that the West was sht not to encourage the outbreaks tast Germany and elsewhere in .. "■** For, unless we meant to support e insurrectionists with armies, thev (hi 1$ "St fail. Reprisals would be gruc- r-le. Resentment against the West "'d have been widespread and spe- , c since our verbal encouragement those whom we did not mean to °rs Forum News, September. 1956 support vv ith force would have seemed irresponsible. Imagine yourself to be a Soviet national facing a Soviet tank vv ith nothing in your hand but a stone, and tbe whole problem will be much more vivid than words can make il. Above. I have carefully said: nine times out of ten. The question then becomes: Are ihe current developments in the Communist empire the tenth time that throws out all conventional reckoning? It would be wrong to dismiss lighllv the views of those who hold that the Communist empire is now crumbling slow Iy or crumbling fast, or anv view in between. It would be just as wrong not to ask for a careful audit of the evidence supporting those views. So far, what evidence I have seen seems to me sketchy, contradictory, or highly speculative. Riots in Soviet Georgia and elsewhere in Transcaucasia ( we have almost no details) followed the official demolition of Stalin. To many perfectly sensible people, they looked like the beginning of the end for communism. To me they looked like riots in Georgia. Recenllv students rioted at the University of Madrid. Other sensible people forecast Ihe beginning of the end for the Franco government, Of the two cases. I should expeel the Spanish riots to be more of a danger for thc Spanish government than the Georgian riots for Ihe Soviet government, although the anti-Communist riots may well have been much bigger and the whole context more precarious. The difference lies not only in the riots, but in the tact that a vast power of public opinion in the West has consistently beset the Spanish government while practically the same body of the Western opinion has pretty consistently favored the Communist government. I am not talking, of course, about Communist opinion in the West, but about so- called enlightened opinion in which Communists make, at most, a tiny activating force. Do left liberals ever weary of pointing out that American Communists, for example, are statistically negligible? In the body politic any unrest registers a degree of fever - perhaps more than one degree. But most of us cannot make an accurate reading because most of us cannot even see the thermometer. We can simply, using our good sense, remember that even a temperature of 105 docs not necessarily mean that the patient will dir- at dawn. In the ease of communism, most of us would like the patient to die sooner. But that is a pious hope, not a reading of reality. In the absence of hard facts about what is happening in the Communist empire we can only: (1) check our views daily against such facts, or seeming facts, as leak through censorship; (2) bear in mind that, even so, (Continued on page 49) Page 7
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