cheerfully confesses that he never
graduated from high school. The sea
was his only alma mater. Had he gone
through college he, too, might very
well have turned out a standardized
collectivist in his thinking. The sea is
a hard and realistic taskmaster. Sailors,
like farmers and others close to nature
and life in the raw, have little time or
interest for metaphysical meandering
or "developing a world social consciousness" as the globaloney boys would
phrase it. The ideologue, when he
turns his back on the guideposts and
benchmarks of cold, hard reality, soon
finds himself wandering in that delightfully balmy and hazy realm of
visionary theorizing. Karl Marx might
very well have become a useful citizen and a responsible family man if he
had been compelled to work with his
hands. Instead, his twisted and malign brain led him to wander off into
areas which benefited neither him, his
family, nor the human race.
The college campus is the native
habitat of the ideologue and if you
desire to study this particular form of
life here is where you must go. Prof.
Root takes us on a well-guided tour
through the sacred groves of Minerva.
I lis book confines itself largely to the
open and secret devotees of St. Mam
posing as campus "liberals" and progressives." At this point it might be
well to observe that while all liberals
and progressives are not necessarily
Communists, all Communists, at least
in free countries, always pose as "progressives" or "liberals." The clinical
cases of such few secret Communists
or Marxists who successfully posed as
conservatives or libertarians is so
mathematically small as only to prove
We have, then, the tremendous
problem of the genuinely liberal movement centered largely in our colleges
which thus far has been unable to protect itself from Marxist-collectiv ist infiltration. Nor have these true liberals
and libertarians had the moral courage and intelligence to expose and
throw out the Communist Fifth Column as the American labor movement
began doing thirty years ago. Just why
poor and often uneducated coal miners, New York clothing workers, seamen, and other trades unionists could
see through the Communist fraud and
chicanerv thirty years ago and rid
their unions of Stalinists while the intellectuals fervently clasped them to
their bosoms is one for the intelli-
gentsia to answer. Viereck misses this
point entirely in his otherwise searching, The Shame and Glory of the
This, then, is the great crucial problem of our age — why do intellectuals
and pseudo-intellectuals fall so easily
into the arms of Marxists and colleeti-
vists while farmers, laboring people.
and other non-intellectuals sternly reject collectivist hashish in any form?
Is it true, as some wit once observe d,
that "Marxism is the opiate ol the
petty bourgeois intellectual." Boot's
Collectivism on the Campus is a very
substantial contribution to this subject.
Dr. Root opens his bill of indictment
with the following:
"The colleges of America are the
battlefield for the most crucial war
in the modern world — a war never
cold, always hot, a war that for centuries will determine the shape "I
things to come. It is man's timeless
spiritual war to affirm the freedom
of the individual, the dignity of the
person, against the flattening pres-
tures of the group."
He then goes on to point out that
Communists know that education is
the master key to the inner door of our
culture and civilization. The Communists, one might also add, know the
history of their own party and why it
spirit of a
e pre serve a
Degeneracy in these is a
cancer which soon
eats to the
of its law and const it u-
— Thomas J
lias steadily succeeded on its inarch to
power not only in Russia but all over
the world with very lew serious reverses. They know that Lenin and
Trotsky's famous seizure of power was
brought about not by mass conversions nor through control of anv sizeable portion of the Russian population
but through the long and covert infiltration and domination of the intelligentsia. The Bolshevik ri-c to (lower,
as anv student of the subject knows,
was based almost entirely on the petty
bourgeois elements in education, the
professions, and small shop-keepers.
The actual seizure of power on Nov. 7.
1917, was, of course, made possible by
the propaganda seduction of a few
key military units in Petrograd of an
already disintegrating army —plus a
few thousand recently Bolshevized
workers in the same strategic city.
Soviet myth-writers have been hard
pressed ever since to devise and lake
"proletarian backgrounds" for their
Bolshevik heroes of petty bourgeois
origin who managed to survive Stalin's
numerous and bloody purges.
Collectivism on the Campus appi*
priately begins its survey with Hi
vard, the alma mater of a fairly Ion
list of self-admitted or identified Sj
Wet spies, Communists, Fifth Amen"
ment dodgers, and Communist frorf
ers starting with John Reed and mp*
assuredly not ending with Alger Hi*
The learned Dr. Nathan M. Puse!
proxy of Harvard, claimed a few yea1
ago that there was not a single Col"
inunist teaching at Harvard. Just
satisfy myself that this great schot
was seriously in error I compiled in
few days a list of over fifty past aj1
a total of
°f the cos
present Harvard faculty members"'
one or more officially cited con
tions with various Communist pn1]
fronts. As I recall, I had gotten onl)'1
the letter "R" or "S" and had not *
nished the list of some 1,500 fa«
members as listed in the yearbook'
that particular year. More presS>*
matters forced dropping the sutfl
So much for Dr. Posey's pious pr°c
mation of Harvard chastity.
As Dr. Root drags his deep sea *
through the educational ponds
comes up with some intriguing ;"
fascinating fauna. And his net bjl
very fine mesh. He misses few ot .
really big red sharks and pink *»■
whales but also dredges up Wi'1
shoals of strange wrigglers and '
pleasant-looking crawlers. White ,.
secting an admittedly nasty si11,;,"'
Hoot manages to maintain S"
Is), jiwwi iiuuiam i iif 11 ut 111 m 111 -
tific objectivity and scholastic baM
of judgment. His vignettes of s,
worthies as Robert Maynard I'1 .
ins, Kirtlev F. Mather. Corliss LaBl
Harlow Shapley, and many Otherfl
priceless. _ ,
Collectivism on the Campus j*J
merely a one-sided expose of Com"
nist and Fabian collectivist inll"',
in our colleges. As a libertarian
Root is also disturbed over a colw
development in th
which does seriously infringe
domic freedom and which the g('!"t'
public has been permitted to ' j
very little about. For the past »1
or more years the collegiate j*g
chorus has been giving forth "'.
continuous caterwauling about a"'rt
invasions of academic freedom' I
pending upon what papers and "':
zincs you read — and believe — A
has been a virtual reign of terrOj
victimization of poor innocent ''•'
profs who might have exprescd .' I
mildly liberal idea or opinion. I'd
read the N. Y. Times, New n<f"'f
Nation, and other journals of tb*»|
over a long enough period, one? I
most certainly come away vvi'",j
fixed conviction that there *S
somewhere in the land a secret. J
ed Inquisition of blackest i';1',,
aries and w itch-hunters terroriz'i1'"
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