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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 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 > glorious Brita< s right. Mr v spend all tbj II European co« th. IS tee gee ee\e-r I lave a sumiiial" think thai in ' made an effect* back pc-rseelin", ition has been ' •rl. Thai's the I ; to sell thai I of brickbats. ink h.'s the wo" I'm a Republic* pus! i college eaching liversity n Facts Is were: sman of lhat there sfl of any. becauSj ic prelty courag^ lion into his "J ■ ridicule of hisj it in favor it goes without ; ■ oiilcl dan-I.. d'ft jssroom in ll"' : Let's go on into some exarfl| Mr. Hoffman p" ur college eui"!'"' al the past eigMJ -i-iallv Iwo c i speech on ern universil ' up In me and •>'■'' night to be any I school such a- ''' iilling me I" mil tile need safeguarding "' he was in earn''' think we oil"'' , nism is so th"1 oriant generatio" w exactly why J our way of life' i.' he said. at around he tell mr lhat. as * I'ssine from cC IEWS, Janua alumni and groups within the community, all courses about communism had been dropped. Moreover, he said any dispassionate discussion of communism on the part of a faculty member would arouse the investigators and the members of the pressure groups." What do you students think about this? Mr. Reisman: No, I don't think there- is any objection whatsoever to teaching about communism; they do it in all the social science courses. On the contrary, there are many more objections to teaching about capitalism. Much more propaganda is given to the side of communism and socialism rather than capitalism. Mr. Wright: I wouldn't say that it was actually communism or socialism, at leasl I wouldn't say it was consciously known that this was the case. 1 think that the majority of your professors are liberally inclined and cannot help but bring their bias into the classroom. 1 don't really think that they are aware of their intellectual dishonesty. Mr. Raico: Not only is there no hesitation in discussing communism from an anti-anti-Communist point of view in the social science classes, but this enthusiasm for discussing communism even goes into the foreign language courses, even goes into sociology courses. My German instructor, for instance, took some time out of class to call Dr. Bella Dodd "a paid informer." And this is in all the classes; there is absolutely no hesitation. Moderator Burt: Now we have the specific thing here that Paul Hoffman mentioned—any dispassionate discussion of communism on the part of a faculty member. Dispassionate — he certainly doesn't have to be pro-Soviet Union in discussing communism. Do you know of any colleges or universities where the dispassionate study of communism is outlaw ed'.' Mr. Reisman: I know of none, none whatsoever. Perhaps if Mr. Hoffman had had just a little bit more courage, he might have mentioned the name of the university, and perhaps we'd know il il were hue or not. Mr. Wright: My experiences are, of course, confined to Yale pretty much. There his statement has no application whatsoever. I know of no political science course where Communist theory is uot looked into, and the philosophy- course called "Marxism" is a complete course in Marxism. Mr. Raico: The theory of communism is being taught all the time, and no pressure groups get anywhere in the City College. As a matter of fact, there are some very powerful pressure groups, only they are all working from the other side. I'd like to hear a "dispassionate discussion." Really, I would, because the only discussions that I've heard of are all passionate, only from the other side— from the anti-anti-Communist side. The FACTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955 —Wide World Photo Paul G. Hoffman chief threat is always taken to he Mc- Carthyism; for anyone to defend capitalism would be considered a joke. \lu. Reisman: I think there is evidence to support a statement I made earlier—that more is being taught about communism and socialism and capitalism—by the fact that the overwhelming majority of students do not know what capitalism is. Moderator Burt: Well, what is capitalism? Mr. Reisman: My definition would be a restriction of governmental functions to merely protecting life, liberty, and property of its citizens from violent attack by other people. To inc. capitalism does not mean government support of corporations through subsidies or government support of farmers; but this is what most college students think capitalism is. Mr. Wright: I'm pretty much basically, in agreement. I'd like to expand it a little. Capitalism, to me, means more non-intervention of government into business whether it's in the field of mon- elaiv controls, subsidy for industries. and other things of that nature. Mr. Raico: I'm in substantial agreement with these definitions. I want In point out one fact—that, unquestionably. both from the' poinl of view of economics and from the point of view of history, capitalism is the only system that has ever worked; it's the only system. Mid ibis is the- standard the left-wingers apph lo everything else standard of workability, and it's applied. They don'l apply it in the field of economics. Capitalism is the system that built America, and it built England until England gave it up. Moderator Burt: Lei's continue with Paul Hoffman's article in ihe Neu York Times Magazine, "To Insure the End of Our Hysteria," and I quote from Mr. Hoffman: "Later, ai an eastern university, the president of a student body told me thai students were shrinking away from joining any organization, however long it had been a campus fixture, if it could be regarded in any way as having liberal ten- ileneies. They were afraid—afraid of the fantastic ways in which thai association might one clay be twisted to ruin their lives." Would you like to comment on thai? Mr. Raico: The most powerful political organizations at City College are' the 11)1! 'i oung Democratic Club, the Young Liberals. Students for Democratic Action, and incidentally, a Labor Youth League, which is a pro-Communist student organization. And the only even relatively right-wing groups, the Robert A. Taft Young Republican Club ami the Students for America Chapter al Cit) College, arc very small and \e-r\ uninfluential. Mr. Wright: As I said earlier, the John I >c\\ ey Society. an affiliate of the League for Industrial Democracy, is fairly active at right-wing Yale organizations. I would say the characteristics implied by Mr. Hoffman apply more to right-wing organizations. I know last year some friends of mine and I started an organization called the Independent Library in the interest of preserving academic freedom by presenting conservative views in the fields of economics, sociology, political science, and so on, since we felt these views were either refuted without being explained or rendered obsolete through neglect in the' classrooms. Now, we were attacked shortly after our opening on a radio program on the Yale Broadcasting System, and we have met with laughter and scorn and derision quite often throughout our experience. Moderator Burt: In other words, are you saying lhat the liberal organizations operate quite openly, but ihe conservative organizations (if they can he called thai I operate under some opposition? Mr. Wright: I would say more than the liberal; yes. quite a bit more. Mr. Reisman: In connection with an organization Ralph mentioned, called Students for America, there have been persistent rumors at Columbia that this organization was attempting to organize a chapter. The Illinois weren't true though, but the reaction to an unfounded minor was something fantastic. There was a series of editorials in the campus newspapers attacking the organization, a tremendous exchange of letters. I was called In the Dean's ollice and asked if il were true, were we going to organize? lev the- way, he promised his support in Page 29
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