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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955 - File 004. 1955-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/629/show/563.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 10, November 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 10, November 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • 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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Title File 004
Transcript , "The Fund for the Republic is threatening and may succeed in crippling the national security." states Seaborn P. Collins, American Legion National Commander, 1954-55. Who Is Right Abou The Fund fofh . . "Fund For Which Republic?" asks Russell Turner in an article by the same name. . . "Beware These Big Foundations!" warns Aidan Utackey in Candour. The British I iews-I.etter. . . Testimony of Igor Bogolepov that the Soviet Foreign Office disseminates pro-Soviet ideas through American foundations. ALERT ISSUED TO AMERICAN LEGION »N September 12, 1955, American !.< gion National Commander Seaborn P. Collins called on the nation's nearly three million Legionnaires to ''avoid any identification with activities sponsored by The Fund for the Republic." Commander Collins declared: "I am issuing this alert to our membership because it appears thai The Fund for the Republic, headed by Dr. Robert Maynard Hutchins, is threatening and i e i;i \ -ucceed in crippling the national security, "Study of projects and activities financed by The Fund for the Republic has convinced me that Hutchins eunl his associates are trying to propagandize Americans into believing that: "(1) communism never has been and is not now a serious danger to this country; "(2) sinister forces under the pretext of fighting communism are the real danger and threaten the civil liberties of all Americans; "(3) security measures are un-American and are being used to harass and persecute innocenl people; "ill intelligent and educated people are aware of these things, but are opposed by the ignorant who are being misled by evil demagogues." Many of the fellowship awards and e'llier projects supported by the $15 million Fund. Collins said, give the impression that the organization is battling P„ whal it terms "witch-hunt" and "vigi- lanteism." "On the contrary, it seems to us that the effect of this constant, loaded criticism of congressional and administra- tional efforts to resist Communisl infiltration is hound lo be the encouragement of a form of intellectual vigilantci-m which would be a far more dangerous problem." Collins said he hoped American Legion elements eil the state and local levels "will have no truck with" Fund for the Republic enterprises. MAY CRIPPLE NATIONAL SECURITY "If American Legion posts and departments (state organizations! are offered financial aid by the Hutchins group to carry oul the group's programs, I >in- cereij hope tlie> will decline." Noting theit The Fiinel for ihe- Republic was granted $15 million li\ the- Ford Inundation when established in 1952, The Vmerican Legion chief asserted: "The American Legion has consistently advocated and fought for a strong and united nation. By shrewd grant- einel expenditures, The Fund f«>r the Republic is threatening .mel may succeed in crippling lhe national security. One apparent line- of attack is to attempt to persuade American- theit communism is not, and never has been a serious threat to the United States. "This propaganda is considered by The American Legion to be a- dangerous .1- it i- untrue, but we recognize that even such propaganda a- thai being disseminated by The Fund for the Republic can be sold ie. ne;m\ Vmericans when millions of dollars arc behind the sales effort." Collin- -eeid the' record of Hutchins' stated opinions on the subject of Communist subversion supports the belief that he is "peculiarly unsuited" for the responsibility of administering a multi-million dollar opinion-moulding campaign. "This man has made statements pnl>- licly which seemingly reflect his contemptuous attitude toward our legally constituted government. Because the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the Smith Act outlawing the Communist party, he blasted our highest tribunal, saying the decision 'indicates that we are at last up against a crisis in this country.' "Only a couple of years ago he made a sneering reference to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stating: 'Today «<' are cursed by a tremendous glorification of the FBI. The onl\ people we will believe are confessed spies emd traitors.' "Hutchins is entitled to an opinion that Communists should lie given jobs in teaching and in government. He i- entitled to hi- evident opinion that the Su* preme Court, lawmakers and the FBI are evil when they are intolerant of Communist-. '"Ii\ lhe same token, Legionnaires are entitled to know and be alerted against an operation directed by Hutchins which, in our judgment, will nol servf) the cause of American unity and strength." Collins seiiel he is '"quite certain" thai en ti\ iiii- of The Fund for the Republic »ill he closely scrutinized hv delegates to The American Legion's annual \a- tioned Convention at Miami. Fla.. Oct 10-13. Collins declared: "The Fund for the Republic in a press release of January 10, 1955, de- (Continued on Page 4) I'M TS FORI \1 NEWS, November, 1955
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