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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 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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Title File 062
Transcript The Joan Hinton Letter to the Federation of American Scientists (Continued from Page 47) before. But we all pondered over Dirac and then suddenly 150 thousand people were killed. \\ e-re we lo blame? We were only studying science, finding out how the world was put together. Was the government to blame—really? Do we not have anv say as to what our life work is to be used for? Arc we' puppets or human beings? Can we nol vision tbe world of tomorrow? Will it be ei world eef destruction and misery, agonizing death by radiation— or will il be a world while mountains arc moved by atomic bombs to change the Course of rivers and make rich green land out of deserts? Where is our imagination? Bv 1948 I could nol stand il any longer. My friends edl seemed lo be going back into secrel work. Were they crazy? Were' we who studied physics to spend all our lives thinking up means of mass extermination? Even my Fellowship money came from the Navy. We we're' doing nonsecrel work at the time. We needed some deuterium for our accelerator. In the room where I studied there veeis only a little space in the cornet" for a desk; the rest of the room was piled wilh ceiscs of heavy welter righl up to the ceiling for the Argonne. W e asked for some. Nowhere in \merica could we gel anv. Finally we sent tee Norway, and two little bottles were senl back lo us with a pieliiic eef a Viking ship and a little note saving. "I thought you bad civilian control." In Washington, a friend of mine had asked me to go to China. I had refused. I was determined to become a physicist. Bul the iele-a kepi gnawing al me. It would not let me go. until finally I felt like I was being caught in a horrible Hup. \.e matter where vou turned, you were laced by war, secrel wenk. the Navy, the Army, and madmen locked in their laboratories thinking up new and better methods of total destruction. Suddenly, I made up mv mind and left. But it was not easy. The' leeve- eef science and physics was pretty strong. Of all mv until k- and books I only had room for two in my trunk. I sal for a long linn looking at those hooks, then took Joos and lhe handbook of physics and chemistry and set mil for China alone with a terrible emptiness in my heart. I had broken away from everything I ever had desired or known. I broke away because I had to. I hail lo find out whal uei- L'eeing on in the world outside ..I physics. Whal was happening to the peoples "f lhe world so I came to China, tee see Vmi'iieei from the outside Page SO and lo understand the tremendous upheaval going on inside Vsia. WHAT I LEARNED IN CHINA And what have I learned in the three' years since I have been in China? Perhaps the' main thing is that the people of the Easl do nol wenil weir. Thai the' people's of ihe' East are nol interested in America. They are occupied with building up their own countries, pulling them out of their centuries of feudalism, changing them eis fast as possible into modern, industrialized land- with abundance for all lands where beggars cease lee exist, and slums and "Maxwell Streets" arc things of the past lhat the' children read about in history books. Everything is for peaceful production, for building, for life, for lhe people— and I learned something else thai these people can get along perfectly all right without America. I used to think thai American aid would mean a lol to China. A country so backward—how could s|,e develop without American help? But where there is a will there is a way, and the Chinese' people have a will so strong that nothing America can do will ever stop it. They will think of plenty of ways, and they will develop fast. The only obstacle to their development would be a war. They are not afraid of \merica. If sh,. must fight. China will show thai she is made of steel bul China will never starl ;i weir; war is againsl her every interest. I know thai you may ask, "How do vou know? They are just filling you with propaganda, vou fool!' So I will mil talk any more in generalities. I will only tell a few things from my experience. Till' firsl is the' eienelilieins I Inuiiil in Kuoniinleing. China. I spent a year in Kuoiniiitang territory, and all that time il ne-ve'i' ceased In amaze me why we America) should ne giving millions of dollars of aid to such ei stupid, corrupt, conceited, useless government as the government of tin- Kuomintang. Jusl one' example will suffice (though anybody who lived in Shanghai for jusl a lew months al lhal time' could cite countless examples). That is, tin' busi- ni's- of the "gold yuan. For the fun of it. I kept ;i logarithmic plot of lhe inflation, and it wees a fairly straight line. I have forgotten jusl now whal the period wee-, bul lhe line was pretty steep. It was steep eiinmjll see lhat towards the end, prices would double or even triple in a day. I remember especially how carefully Have you seen page 15? I had lo plan lo bin a jackknife. I wen] to a certain place (of which kin" Shanghai weis teeming) early in the morning with a briefcase lo cash one American dollar. The briefcase havhlj been duly loaded full of Chinese notes I tori' as fast as I could lo the store am' emptied ihem oul on lhe counter befof* ihe price could rise. \ briefcase full °' Meet.- for a jackknife? The poor slut''' keepers were in ei terrible fi\. They lu"' to either not count the money and ffi slui k short or hire several extra hand" just for counting money and lose tha' much in wages anyway. And the banks were in an impossible state. The' cosl of shipping and countinj money was far beyond the value of the money. In feie-t. it was not even wortl] the paper il was printed on. The clerk* in the' banks were peering out fi""1 behind heaps of bills piled up to ''" ceiling. "Money, money everywhere, 1'" not a crumb to eat." And so. of coursft in order lo slay alive one had lo P" one's wealth into something hesiu'" paper money: in silver dollars, America' dollars or goods, and the barter system lloiirished. Then the government announced ll; "currency reform." finder penalty ° death, all gold, silver. American dolls'* and hoarded goods were lo he Inn"'' ill to the beinks and exchanged for '''' new stable' "gold yuan.'" Every day ["e paper had pie tuns eef people being sh" for disobeying their order. Houses wi'1' soarehed. \nyl<ody found guilty v:'~ dragged off lo prison. Thousands up0" thousands of ordinary folk turned |' lhe little bit of savings |hey hail '" return for paper "gold yuan." I'll' el week or two. as I I'l'ini'llll"'1' prices remained stable. Then whisperiW began in lhe black market and sf><" the) broke the "::nlil \ nan" fell of ' pedestal. To when'? Righl smack * the' extrapolation 'if the exponential." flation curve which I had been l''"","|j all year. Whal did thi- mean Onl! that tin- governmenl had pn'vi""" 17 printed this tremendous excess of """' had held them oul of circulation f<" j week or two until as much gold ** silver, etc., as could be collected t<"'\ the people weis taken in, and then ' i'ii. leaving the whole- population "'. nothing but worthless scraps of l'''l."(| I hieii-einds up,,n thousands of peopl' ] without a eeiil of savings the hi",-1" mosl cold-blooded mass robbery in "o liny ur ever dreamed of. And tin' '•"" and silver was pocketed bv the Four" the ruling families of Cliii"1 and shipped te. America and olio places as fa-l ei- possible before ''.''!',',, tion. \l lhe time I was too slop"' i, realize what was happening. I naiv (; assumed lhal thi- lime maybe lb'' & $ ernmcnl weis finally really plan: do something aboul the inflation. I' only after that poinl fell se> perfectly FACTS FORUM NEWS, March, /?'
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