WHO IS RIGHT ABOUT THUN
former Communists as witnesses in
loyalty-security proceedings; 25,000
copies of "Faceless Informers and Our
Schools." by Lawrence Martin, a scare-
some piece intended to show that teachers are too intimidated to leach properly; and other items of similar ilk.
Anent the Report's list of grants, a
fuller knowledge of the unreporled background is essential to comprehension of
its full significance. A- an example,
there is listed an innocuous-sounding
item of 825.000 to the Stanford University School of Law "for an anaK-i- of
testimony of witnesses in proceedings
relative to communism."
This one is a project which the Fund
tried to peddle to several highly-respected Eastern universities, including
e-town here in AVashington, but
withoul success because the universities
apparently realized the true purpose of
lhe projeel. That purpose is to do a discrediting job on ten of thc more prominent reformed Communists, including
Louis linden/ and Elizabeth Bentley,
who have talked freely about their past
Red associates and associations.
FUND TO CONTROL STANFORD PROJECT
The Stanford arrangement finally was
concluded with the law school's Dean.
Carl B. Spaeth, who as you might expect, is widely known as an ultra-liberal.
Another coincidence: Spaeth for two
years was a high official of the Ford
Foundation, itself the sire of The Fund
for the Republic through its no-strings-
attached 815.000.000 grant.
The Fund itself will have effective
control of the Stanford project, since it
is to be directed by Herbert Packer, a
Fund pavnillee whn worked for several
months earlier this weir on the highly-
questionable Yarmolinsky report on individual loyalty security case histories,
another Fund project.
The Association of the Bar of the
City of New York has been granted
8100.0(111 "f.er a study and report by
tin- Special Committee on the Federal
Loyalty-Security program." The Fund's
lieei-eeii man wilh ihi- special committee.
who in effect will supervise its work, is
Walter Alilli-. In ei televised debate on
September 11. Alillis said flatly thai it
was not the procedures of lhe loyalty-
security program In which he objected,
it wei- the entire program. The Fund
intimate- lhe- forthcoming report will be
unbiased and objective.
Under projects is listed a 820(1.mm
appropriation for a television series
comprising a once-a-week news commentary by Herbert Block, tin- Washington
Post's notoriously prejudiced cartoonist.
Just what qualifies "Herblock" to he a
commentator eludes me. but the affinity
of the Fund for the ultra-liberal philosophies expressed in his cartoons ee\e-r
the years is obvious; the TV show will
be a nice financial token of its esteem.
Space limitations do not permit further detailed examihation of lhe reporl
but the cited examples are quite typical
of the tenor of all grants and projects.
However, one further item should be
niiled: a 850.000 grant to the American
Heritage Council, a somewhat dubious
Chicago setup which trades on the ■ I
name' of the estimable American Heritage' Foundation, for "a two-year program dealing with the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution, in
cooperation with lhe Illinois Department
of the American Legion."
FUND ATTEMPTS TIE-IN WITH
In this one. the program actually is
praiseworthy, assuming proper administration, hut the effort of the Fund In tic
itself in with (he American Legion and
use Ihe Legion's good reputation is
something else again. It develops that
lhe project never has been approved by
lhe Illinois Legion's convention or even
ils Executive Council, hut rather was
a purely personal gimmick of the Legion's publicity-seeking then State Commander. Irving Breakstone. It almost
33 ei - repudiated eit lhe Steilc Convention
early this month, and probably will he
by the new administration elected then.
This instance undoubtedly was one of
the things which prompted the vigorous
denunciation of The Fund for the Republic hy the Legion's National Commander. Seaborn Collin-, in which he
urged thai all Legion units avoid any
association whatsoever with the Fund
or any of its projects.
Many other activities of the Fund
have contributed to the swelling chorus
of criticism of it. such as its special
15,000 award to Plymouth Meeting, Pa.,
for hiring eunl refusing lo lire ils Fifth
Amendmenl librarian. Mrs. Mary
Know les: disclosure thai it presently is
shopping around and offering financial
inducements for someone In conducl
twin Fund-style "studies" of the American Legion ilself and of the Federal l.n-
riaii of Investigation; and it- infiltration, approaching virtual capture, of the
Any article originating in
FACTS FORUM NEWS
may be freely reproduced
so-called Hennings Senate Subcommittee
which also is investigating the statu- of
It is likely that the average American
wonders what causes an organization
like The Fund for the Republic to follow such questionable and suspect
courses. The answer may be found in
the character and background of ils
three lop officials.
DO-GOODERS. LEFTIST THINKERS
Number one is the Chairman of ils
Board of Directors. Paul Cray Hoffman,
Chairman of Studehaker-Packard. long
known a- an Internationalist do-gooder i
who delights in personal publicity fur- !
thering his reputation as a liberal.
Number two is its president. Robert :
M. Hutchins, who hardly needs an in- I
troduction, because of his 25-year record
of controversy. Human Events already
heis recalled to mind his 1949 testimony before an Illinois legislature I
committee which was investigating subversive influences at the University of
Chicago, of which he then weis Chan- ,
ia lloi•; how he blandly said he did nol
believe communism represented any
"clear and present danger," did nol
believe the Communisl parly was sub-
versive, weis nol concerned about possible Red influences on his faculty.
Since Hoffman brought him in to
head the Fund in June, 1954, Hutchins
has spent mosl of his lime at the palatial
-w imming-pool-equipped Pasadena, Cali- 1
foniiei. mansion originally purchased bj
the Fund for use as its headquarters.
Money being no object, however, ils
main administrative offices since have
heen transferred to New York, where
day-to-day operations now are conducted.
Thai move has served to raise the
relative importance of official number
three the Fund's little-known Vice
President, U-year-old VV. H. "Ping"
Ferry, who actually controls most e.f the
Fund's operations and conjures up proj- '
e.l- which In- ultimately presents to the !
Hutchins ivory tower in Pasadena for
perfunctory approval: the process
necessitates much cross-country travel
but again, money is no object. "Ping'
Ferry is the son of the former Board
Chairman of the Packard Motor Com-
pan\ who-lill regards his leftist-thinking
offspring as em errant problem child
aboul whom he docs not quite know'
what to do.
A Dartmouth graduate, "Ping'
worked on newspapers and eis a teacher;
with the notorious International Laboi
Organization emd then with the mr
lamented OPA. In 1945, he became pub-
I'M TS FORI \l NKWS, Veee-e-m/ee-r. 1955