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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 1956 - File 044. 1956-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/979/show/953.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Robert Johnson DECENTRALIZE and SURVIVE, jfc*£ -\*gV.^y>, ^.r-rj-i* *•**&>*,)£* „r«-i>l There is one thing better than presence of mind when under atomic attack, and that is "absence of body." In other words, instead of gawking from the Empire State Building tower when a city-buster drops, be in a rocking chair on Cape Cod! But now is the time to have some presence of mind and prepare for that day out-of-town. For if the cold atomic war ever becomes a hot one — and God forbid that it should — those of us who survive the first attacks will have a lot to learn in too much of a hurry. This will have to do with the urgent necessity of depopulating our large cities and decentralizing our centers of industrial production — that is, if we vv ish to continue living. Just the thought of such a possibility, however remote or unlikely, should spur us to make every possible preparation under normal conditions right now, in this tenuous peacetime era. 1 do not intend this to sound like an air-raid siren wailing. Even if there is never another war, or nuclear bombs never fall on our land, I have long believed that we Americans should have a richer and fuller life. And if many of the box-like city factories were dispersed, beyond the suburbs and further out into the countryside, maybe we would find elbow-room for mudguards. This would cut down the annual bill for putting curves back in fender dents, add to the life-expectancy of the family jalopy and, who knows, it might also give us parking space free of meters and summonses. An increasing percentage of business and professional people, as well as several millions of our industrial workers, now live in the suburbs or in the country. An increasing number of industrialists are becoming aware of the fact that the principle of decentralization can contribute much to better community relations, better management- worker relations and, under the right circumstances, lower costs. it in a double sense. In another war, dispersal may necessary for survival. In a prolonged peace, for which* all pray, decentralization of our urban plants and industj populations will afford better living conditions for people. Dispersal, of course, is an old principle of both deip. sive and offensive warfare. Our early ancestors learned, the hard way — from the Indians. Cannon, even mus*' were of little avail with redskin snipers like ghosts am1 the trees. The proud, solid phalanxes of British RedcO* under Cornwallis learned an even more costly lesson t1* the guerrilla attacks of our Revolutionary armies. TiJ could never get a shot at where they were- supposed to , The same principle applies to many millions of w^ ers who are able to leave the hustle and bustle, the- ear" So, when I say "Decentralize — and Survive!" I mean America. Page 42 monoxide and incinerator dust of the cities for only weeks' vacation each year. They find a beach, or a f\ stream, and begin to live and breathe again. Others esc*! in the family ear from the brick, steel, and concrete, ■ subways and buses and elevators, on pleasant week6™ from spring to fall. IJut this is not enough. Decentralized industries "a provide campuses for the workers, just as colleges el" the students. Manufacturing, distributing, reception I service units need not be- jammed into a single buiJ*I but may be dispersed over a considerable tree-stu«| area, with lawns and connecting walks bordered v perennial Bowers and shrubs. Many such potential i",, trial areas are available in the country — the WOodlaOj of this great land of ours — with accessibility to e\e ^ power, transportation, and other factors essential t0 industrial economy. Most important, beyond all that, people can 1|V''. work in such atmosphere with more dignity, greater I dom and happiness. It is a better place to raise I dren. And if some screwball touches off an atomic I more precious lives will be saved to help build a 'Hf. i vi is Forum News, March.'
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