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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
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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. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Is Stalin's Russia Weakening? our conclusions may be wrong; (3) use any special experience we may claim to try to bring the swiftly changing reality into focus. Using, in this way, what little experience I lay claim to, I get a picture rather different from that of many- others whom I respect, and some of whom have much greater claims to expert knowledge. I see it this way. Stalin and Stalinism were morally outrageous. But that does not explain why thev ciime to [lower. Nor is there space here to explain why I believe they came to power. Here I can only say: a specific set of historical factors made them possible because, to com- 'iiiiiiisni. they were useful. I can only add: in my opinion, a different set of historical factors now makes them unfeasible because they have Become an impediment to the advance "f communism. In short, Stalin and Stalinism have outlived their useful- Jess to communism. That is why tbe Kremlin is dumping them. But since Stalinism was morally outrageous, its (■Continued from page 7) liquidation has on communism (and on millions who are not Communist) the buoyant effect of a successful surgical operation. That is not the only effect of the operation. Its purpose, if I see it rightly, is to convince that same "enlightened" opinion of the West that communism is now something that any decent soul can coexist with, trade with, make friends with. It may take a little time, but the harvest, judging by the past, may be a fat one. It may soon follow that those who do not believe that communism has changed will find that they are the "indecent souls." Communism, in tbe name of decency and reason, will be rallying "enlightened" opinion in the West precisely against those "indecent souls," The action will take the form of popular fronts and a much vaster climate of good will. Need I point out that the "unenlightened," the "indecent," the men of "ill will" vvill then be those who distrust communism, fight it, insist that, while it often changes its masks, it has never been known to change its inherent character? In brief, communism's great change, dating from the 20th Congress, is a change of tactics, not of intentions. Communism is cleaning house in order to make its personnel, its formations, its tactics, more acceptable, efficient, up to date, and thus to hasten its project of dividing, wooing, and winning the West, preparatory to overrunning the West. That Communist purpose never changes. No doubt, thc swing in the Communist line is much complicated by inner-Communist and inner-Soviet factors which I have not touched on. No doubt, the Communist leaders are playing with forces that might, conceivably, get out of hand. Therefore, the question of the moment is: Will the surgical operation on Stalinism be successful? I believe it will. But nobody knows. Everybody is waiting to see. If it is successful communism will be a greater threat to the West than ever. end The Lure of Peaceful Coexistence (Continued from page 9) '"'-! with their dictators, they tend to '°se hope. With reference to the United States, ^he Soviet objective is to smear lead- 'nK anti-Communists, discredit tbe loy- alty-seeuritv program, dismantle the framework of anti-Communist legisla- "on, and demand an end to further nnclear weapons tests. In many in- ■titnces, the "spirit of Geneva" i.s being ■ttilized as the basis for these campaigns. At the end of January, 1956, "Eugene Dennis, executive secretary of "*e Communist Party of the United *tates, delivered an important address ln Carnegie Hall in New York which '"ay easily have been inspired by advance notice of what was going to ';'I>l>i'ii al the 20th Congress of the ^SSR. I„ this address Mr. Dennis ^al|ed for a united front between pommunists and "liberals" to fight for Peace" end "fear and hysteria," and "^store "civil liberties." . Actually the Geneva "summit" con- '"■"■'iice of luly. 1955, seems to have i"'-1 the groundwork for the 20th Con- ",('ss meeting. A number of examples A<"is Forum News, September, 1956 come to mind of how the American Communists have succeeded in encouraging prominent non-Communists to join them or to promote their objectives since Geneva. At the end of 1955 several hundred prominent Americans signed a Communist-inspired petition to the Supreme Court urging that it declare unconstitutional the Internal Security Act of 1950. The Christmas amnesty appeal for jailed Communists was signed by many well-known non- Communists. A United States senator, a governor, and a prominent writer were among a score of distinguished Americans who sent greetings to the recent convention of the National Lawyers' Guild in Detroit. The NLG has been cited as a Communist-controlled organization. Prominent scientists have signed Communist-inspired petitions demanding that nuclear weapons tests be ended; several leading intellectuals have praised a book by John Wexley defending the Rosenberg atomic spies. This book was published by Cameron & Kahn who also published the Matusow book. Well-known intellectuals have subscribed to the Communist thesis that the FBI should be deprived of its informants within the Communist Party and that fear and hysteria have characterized the loyalty-security program. Many of these intellectuals wish to abolish the entire program. The willingness of several prominent universities to invite Communist speakers such as Joseph Clark and Herbert Aptheker to speak on the campus is, according to the Daily Worker, another example of how the "forces of peace" and the "forces for civil liberties" are gaining ground in the new era since Geneva. One of the most interesting aspects of the 20th Congress meeting was Dictator Khrushchev's criticism of Stalin. It appears that the new "soft" Soviet line would be facilitated by this attack on Stalin and Stalin's policies. Already many Americans are concluding that with the advent of Khrushchev and the departure of Stalin, terror has ended in the Soviet Union and dictatorship is being modified. Actually there has been no basic change inside the Soviet Union. The slave-labor Page 49
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