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                  guaranteed to irritate fools               (9/25/88)
                     By Freeman 78753PHIL

12/1/84
Dear Editor,
     Most Americans would voluntarily save a drowning individual out
 of ordinary generosity.  Still, no one could rationally object to
 their imposing one little condition: ...that the fool **lets go of his
 anvil!**
     The situation in Ethiopia is much the same.  There is nothing wrong
with sending them food and aid provided they take steps to help themselves
out of the fix they are in.  We should require that they abandon their
socialist form of government as a condition for receiving aid.  If they
assent to that, they will remove the danger of starvation and discover the
other benefits of economic freedom and individual rights.
     Such a policy would not only help stop world hunger, it would also do
a lot toward the preservation of world peace.
                                             Hank Phillips

7/29/87  Dear Editor,
     Nicaragua and Cuba are not the first spanish-speaking nations
afflicted with Soviet infiltration.  Like many British socialists, George
Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil War.  Unlike the rest, he wrote "Homage
to Catalonia" in which he truthfully reported what went on: "Anyone who has
given the subject a glance knows that the Communist tactic of dealing with
political opponents by means of trumped-up accusations is nothing new."
     That same tactic is used today to smear and demean the rebels in
Nicaragua, the non-communists in El Salvador and any Americans sympathetic
to their causes.  The propaganda tours by front organizations are the same
as during the thirties and even the atrocity stories have simply been given
new principals and republished.  The fact that American journalists are as
easily gulled today as their British counterparts were in 1937 simply shows
that they, too, are going to have to learn the hard way what the rest of us
already know from history.
  [Reference: "Homage to Catalonia" by Orwell, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1938.  Harvest edition p. 178.]

1/27/88  Dear Editor,
     Although Central American death squads are nothing new, only recently
have they actually gained control over a nation.  It was only last fall
that Daniel Ortega boasted of his exploits as a bank robber and death squad
member in a Playboy interview.  The fact that some Americans continue to
support the Stalinista regime in Nicaragua is proof of ideological
motivation.  No matter how oppressive the regime nor how horrible the
atrocities, "progressive" thinkers continue to side with Soviet-backed
dictatorships rather than with their struggling victims.  This results from
agreement on fundamental issues.
     Unlike capitalists, socialists believe that it is morally proper to
use the State to take things that don't belong to them, and that any who
resist are immoral and undeserving of pity.  Congressmen who share this
view won't hesitate to cut off aid to the freedom fighters.  The voting on
this issue will give a good preview of what to expect when when our own
property, freedom and lives are at their tender mercies.
  [Reference: Playboy magazine, November, 1987 p. 74]

12/8/86 Dear Editor,
     The recent appearance of "I visited Nicaragua" letters should serve as
a reminder that the Soviet Empire continues to make a tourist industry out
of the gulling of wishful thinkers.  During the thirties, news of
engineered starvation in the Ukraine was suppressed in favor of stories
about the "successes" of "progressive" Russia.  Later on, visitors to Cuba
returned with wondrous tales of the glorious revolution.  Today Nicaragua,
not Russia of Cuba, is the focus of fervent praise.
     The truth is that the Nicaraguan revolution was pre-empted by Cuban
puppets who have transformed the nation into a de facto fascist
dictatorship.  Just as Russia was transformed into a giant prison and Cuba
into a squalid camp for the exportation of violence, so Nicaragua is being
riveted with chains that can only drag her to starvation, warfare and
economic ruin.
     While the real Nicaraguan revolutionaries are still banished into the
jungle we owe it to them to speak truthfully about their oppressors.  The
totalitarian monsters strangling yet another tiny nation should be referred
to by their proper name: they are Stalinistas, no more and no less.
reference: enclosed essay by David Horowitz

3/1 Dear Friends,
     Few people realize that George Orwell was an active but honest member
of the British socialist movement.  Fewer still have bothered to look up
his writings to see whether history is repeating itself.  His analysis of
the pacifist movement of the thirties went like this:  "There is a minority
of intellectual pacifists whose real though unadmitted motive appears to be
hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism.  Pacifist
propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the
other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual
pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial
disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United
States."
     The same is true of today's disarmament movement.  Soviet nuclear
deployment is either ignored or tossed off as "defensive" while Allied
efforts to put those deployments at risk are invariably blamed for
"escalating" the "arms race".  What has changed is the cost of such
activity.  Yesterday's National Socialists only had chemical explosives
while today's Soviet Socialists possess more nuclear explosive power than
any nation on earth.  When will we ever learn?
[Reference: The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George 
Orwell, Vol. III, "As I Please" 1943-1945, Harcourt Brace Johanovich, 
1968, p. 374 in essay titled "Notes on Nationalism". ]

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