lets Hyde ever wee- ei "real Communist;
and certain!) in the cases ol Chambers,
Bentlev ami Massing, the) were either
liars, immoral or insane. Thev cannot
bring themselves to believe' thai a nice
man like Hiss ever could have been a
Thus, if communism appeals only to
a few, il cannot be considered ei- an im-
porlanl threat from w ithin.
To summarize, man) British and Continental teachers and intellectuals view
communism as a social theory that need
nol cause alarm. It is a matter of polities: it- throat has been greatly exaggerated; eunl since ii has ■uily limited
appeal, ii will not gain man) adherents.
The scb,,,,l should remain neutral. Communists should be permitted lo leach.
Restrictive measures woulel have- dangerous consequences.
AN ENGLISH REVIEW OF
Those who might like to b-sl the
validity of the above analysis might find
inter,'.linn reel,ling iii a review "I Whil-
taker Chambers' "Witness" which appeared in the New Statesman and Va-
linn. I.on,Ion. on Julv 19, 1952. I be
writer of this review obviousl) holds
the same attitude towards communism
thai I have' detected in many teachers
both in Greal Britain and on the Continent. . . .
Careful reading ol the rev lew in lull
will reveal how completely ii has accepted the three basic assumptions outlined above. To the English reviewer
Chambers is queer, untrustworthy, prob-
eiblv unbalanced, hence not to be believed; Communist infiltration and influence has been wildly exaggerated
hence nol important; and the Commu-
isi attack will be settled as ei political
matter al the polls: hence, nothing to
Iii contrast with the three assumptions
frequentl) made bv Europeans regarding communism which vve discussed,
Vmericans are coming t" lake a complete^ different point of view. The) eon
aider communism nol a political parly,
but rather ei philosophy, a religion, a
Heev of life, not onlv different, but ac-
tivel) hostile. Th>-v believe theit communism in the I .S.S.R. is a threat to free
institutions. \niong lhe ranks ,,| Com
munists, thev have come I" find not onlv
'In- sea'elv. lln- e-nv inlls. eiml the haters;
'•lit also "people like vmi eunl nn-: people iii,ui- idealistic eiml more willing to
i I i lln' Vmerican regards U.S.S.R.
communism vs. American capitalism as
ei struggle between goo,I eiml evil; eiml
'In- tactics employed bv the Communists
'He- not those of a political partv so
"null a- those of conspirac) ami the
'ei/uir ,it power.
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