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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
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date November 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • 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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Transcript paradoxical facl iheil the ver) principle "I Western civilization, the axiomatic lend that man is entirel) responsible for the intellectual choices he has made in an exercise nf his free will." liei-icalh Mi i arth) intends to take people seriously. If vmi join ei Communist-front, McCarthyism tends to presume thai you 'li'l -.. inlclligcnlh ami in gnml faith, that you waul tn advance Communisl interests eenel fur thai reels,,n you he... Combs: Of course, that's an entirel) false assumption in the firsl place that. because people have joined organizations which wen- laterdei mated Communisl fronts, m- were later dominated by Communists . . . Iii ckley: No. I'm saying if you joined a Communisl organization. I .li.l nol s;(\ \,,u joined ;i liberal organiza- tinii w hich later mi weis ceiplurcd . . . Combs: Well. I don'l kno« what you mean. If you're talking aboul joining communism I would -;i\ lhat anyone win. joined lhe Communisl party might t.. have his head examined, ami should be held in strict responsibility fnr lln- moral choice whi.h he al lhal lime exercised. I agree with you. Wc aren'l disputing about lhat. Ill RT: 1 want to clarify this ju-i a little bit and then I'm going In hop right In Professor Hodges. W hai is .our analysis of a person who loin- a Communist-front organization deliberately? Combs: In many cases people innocently joined Communist-fronl organisations. Ill 1(1 : Well, if the, knew it was a Communist-fronl organization and then joined? Bi ckley: Ah. luil lhe question i-. how ''" you find oul whether he knew il ? ' ombs: Oh. then I would regard that W equivalenl h. joining lhe Communisl party. in: Toledano: Bul there's another factor. If somebod) innocently joins ei Com- t-unist-fronl b) its ver) nature Com- '"iiiiisi-friinis do have innocents linn '■'■rtainh he should nol objeel In being asked, .li.l \ml join thi- in -.-nth '. \ml i-tosl people wh.. join Communist-fronts 'ake ii a- a high insult if you a-k them aver) simple question which i- the question Senator McCarth) asked. lit cklet : Vmi ii i- -till a higher in- '"h il j mi paid them lhe compliment in 'ls*iiiiiini: lhal the) knew what the) were doing. ' ombs: ^ ou're over-simplif) ing the "hole question. If j mi wanl t.. take up !','" h case .nl seriatum why let's do that. '"I it'- impossible In generalize as you ""'v bene done. -Hi RT: Well, lei'- get specific wilh Pro. j**-or Hodges, then, ire there any presenl yestigating committees of Congress "'"'g the same methods that arc identified '"' Senator McCarth.'- methods? Combs: Senator Eastland did. II .is: Well. I think lhal thc inquisitorial approach i- inherent in lhe congressional investigation and an) idea I would have In aelinit thai McCarthy has instituted really basic changes in lhe powers nf Congress to investigate, I would question. I think thai he ha- bored in harder, more ruthlessly. I would quite accepl that. \,,w lhe point is lhal we are engaged in working "ill more t'fT<a'li\e mean- them simph a psychological explosion nf data. I think thai we have had ei very constructive resull iii ihe efforl tee pie.ihic.■ uniform methods ol congressional procedure which i- in,I. b) an) manner nf means, a dead issue. We are forcing a centralization, it seems t,. me. of the loyalty machinery which would prevent departmenl clearing a man. another departmenl saying be is disloyal or tainted. BUCKLEY: They don'l sen that he i- disloyal. The) -a\ there's a reason- able... Hodges: I -aid tainted. Common standards, I ihink. arc all-important. Hi e kley : I don'l believe in common -leimlelial-. Hodces: I do believe in dealing with an) orderly application of th.- law- ..I this land. If Mm have one standard because v lislike Communists \mi might have another standard because, maybe, you'll like Fascists. I don'l know. Bl-cki.ey: Nnw look: Iichave yourself. HoDGES: I will tell you righl lure that if you'll go far enough I" th,- right you'll find v,,iii-i-II just where I said. Buckley: And I say lei's nol pla) this game because il can he played both ways. Hodges: Well, that's all right: play it. Ill i M.lel : I agree' w ith \illeli Steven- son thai the incidence "f Communists in. saj. ih.- Bureau of \\ ihi Life and Fisheries, is nol necessaril) a national concern, therefore il makes a whole lol of sense t.. have a much stricter security proceeding, -;i\. in the- Stale- Department or iln' Atomic Energ) Commission, than in the Bureau nf \\ ihi Life and Fisher- ies. So iln vmi want lhe common standards? Hodges: Yes. lhe basic common standard in relation In infiltration and treason. Ill It I: I In estion is. and I'd like to gel a specific answer from Professor Hodges ee- well ee- ever.one else: \re the present investigating committees, any of them, of Congress pursuing the same goal- and using methods similar to those identified with McCarth.? You -ee. they arc? Hodges: I would -a\ they are ... BURT: Ilo ..ni think they're wrong in doing it? Hodges: I ihink thai we need whal I seiid in the firsl place the three items: uniform congressional procedures, centralized loyalty machinery, and common standards, wilh intelligence . . . Ill IM Will, what about you? What do you ihink. Mr. Combs? Are the. using similar methods? I iOMBS: I think some of them arc < 1.>iriu- exactl) lln- same things. Senator Eastland . . . Ill RT: Do .(in think that investigating committees should be eliminated? COMBS: \,,. I don'l Ihink they should Hodges: Certainly mil. ("omiis: 1 believe lhc\ sluuild be confined lo very diplomatic standards. Buckley: Should the) have securit) data frnm the executive departments? Should the) he given securit) data? Combs: I nder highly restricted circumstances. Bl i KLEl : ^ e.u disapproved of Presidenl Truman's black-oul order? Combs: ^es. jusl as I disapprove nf President Liseuhower s Mack-nut eerilcr which seems to nn- to he inapplicable. Hi i klei : This i- very important. Ilnni.l -: \\ .- all agree on lhat, I we.lllll -a\. For government of. by and for yon and me WE NEED THE FACTS TO KEEP US FREE! Ask for FACTS FORI M \EWS al your nearest stand. Urge your friends lo do lhe same. II' your news dealer doesn't have it. lell him that 'pot/U Heed 'Pact* ta %<HACi«t TVeU, AM) FACTS FORUM NEWS IS &&4.ty fo SeCif 1955 Fv Is FORI M NEWS, Vovember, 1955 ■an Page 25
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