disabilities should be stopped. State and
local organizations should take care of
All service-connected disabilities
should be reviewed and reclassified according to medical opinion. These should
not be awarded on a nonmedical basis.
If a man (or woman) has a disability
which actually prevents him from making
a living, then he should be compensated
by the VA. Otherwise, he should not.
The President's commission will probably get blasted by some of the veterans'
organizations. Let them holler.
Dr. William J. Fox
318 West Forty-sixth Terrace
Kansas City 12. Missouri
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(4) Agree to disarmament through
international inspection and supervision of nuclear and all other weapons
of mass destruction.
(5) Cease all subversive and espionage activities through the Cominform and all its agencies.
(6) Apply in the Middle East and
elsewhere the five principles Khrushchev and Bulganin bailed in their tour
of India and at the 20th Congress.
(7) Agree to withdraw Marshal
Rokosovsky from control of the Polish Army.
(8) Accept the proposals made by
thc West (which they rejected at
Geneva) for free exchange of ideas
and cultural material between the
USSR and the free countries.
Our free labor movement and our
democratic academic community can
render a really great service to our
country by helping it develop clarity
and unity of purpose and much greater initiative in the struggle for peace
and freedom. Our country has much
more to sell than seeds, farm machinery, and automobiles. We have very
effective means with which to quarantine communism or any other despotism. We have the ideals and the
ideas; the devotion to human dignity
and liberty; the military potential and
infinite capacity to help transform
countries peacefully into areas of well-
being and freedom for the great mass
of people. end
Communism's Bottled Efficiency
BY UPTON SINCLAIR
Excerpt from The Cup of Fury, Chapter 11
Published in 1956 at $3.00 by Channel Press, Inc., Great Neck, N. Y.
Used by special permission ot the copyright owners
The Communists use liquor as a sort of Geiger-counter, probing
for the weaknesses of men and women. They have used it to
gain recruits; they have used it to steal a nation's most
Mary McCarthy, the brilliant writer of short stories, recently told
in Reporter magazine how in her youth she flitted about on the
outskirts of thc Communist movement, attending their dances and
drinking parties. Everybody became extremely drunk, and "the
atmosphere was horribly sordid."
When tin- Communist regime was launched in Russia, there were
some sincere if mistaken idealists among the "old Bolsheviks" —
men and women who really believed in freedom, who were actually
convinced that they were uplifting humanity. Hut thinkers of this
sort went down, one after another, in one blood purge after another.
They were exterminated as if they had been the most dangerous
One of the early forms their idealism took was the prohibition
of alcoholic liquor. But that hope died with all the others. The
brutal men who came out on top in Russia knew that a drunken
people would be easier to hold in subjection than a sober people.
Today the Soviet Union has repudiated all the virtues ol the old
order and adopted only its evils. The production of liquor is a
State monopoly; and the men vvho control that monopoly live in
luxury. Ninety per cent of the money paid lor every quart of liquor
goes directly to the State. Correspondents conic home from Russia
and report that there are no shoes available in the stores, no
clothing, onlv the basic foodstuffs — and liquor. There's always
plenty of liquor.
In France, it was the Communists who were most vociferous
in their campaign of bate, ridicule, and contempt, when Pierre
Mendes-France began his historic attempt to curb alcoholism in his
country. Again they acted in the knowledge that a wine-sodden
nation, sick in mind and body, is easy prey.
And look at the drinking "traditions" of France the Communists
there so righteously- defended! The nation's consumption of wine
in 1951 was six billion bottles — five times as much as lor Italy, the
world's second in wine-consumption. Home distilling is legal in
France, with 3,250,000 individuals licensed to produce alcohol
from grapes, apples, primes, pears, sugar beets, and oven artichokes.
There is one drink shop lor every ninety inhabitants, In Germany
the ratio is one to 246 people; in Norway, it's one to every three
thousand. As a result, there are twenty-two alcoholics to each one
thousand inhabitants in France. And at least partially as a result
of that fact, I believe, France has the sickest government in the
free world, including in its Assembly more Communists than any
other free nation of the world.
Liquor works lor the Communists in New York and in Paris and
in Moscow. It works overtime.
Facts Fuiuxi News, September, 19^