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Communism 's Strong Grip

OCTOBER 25, 1963



leadership Vacuum
Cripples Republicans

Daily Correspondent
BASEL--To an unbiased onlook-
er, it is astonishing that the
Communist parties of Italy and
France have been able, until re-
cently, to stay as powerful as ever.
Election after election, the Com-
munists score about a quarter of
all votes cast. Administration after
administration, the Italian govern-
ment fights out new attacks with
the well-organized Communist
body. Why have these groups been
able to hold on through today,
while after-war Communism in
Germany and Switzerland, for in-
stance, had soon been played out?
At the bottom of Communism in
these two countries, one finds a
deeply-rooted misconception about
the merits of Communism. The
Communist voters have been told
that it was only through the
Communist party that they re-
ceived wage raises, improved so-

cial facilities and adequate pen-
sion plans. The Communist voters
completely ignore that the same
social improvements have been ac-
complished in completely or nearly
non-Communist governed coun-
tries such as the United States
and Great Britain.
IN DOING SO, the voters have
become a victim of skillful Com-
munist propaganda. This kind of
propaganda appears highly na-
tional in its goals and its scope,
but has been proven to be steered
from behind the Iron Curtain. It
appeals to the taxpayer by work-
ing for a greatly reduced or even
eliminated military budget. It ad-
vertises a peace and good-will
program instead, and works for
"the light future."
Communists in France and Italy
are so sure of their beliefs that
they practically ignored the cruel
subduing of the Hungarian Revo-

[E REPUBLICAN PARTY is finding it
iard going these days and it is slowly
lizing why. The party presently has no
to lead it in the coming presidential
tion and, furthermore, no strong can-
ates from which to choose.
'here are many lesser leaders in the
publican Party but these men either
k a strong, favorable national image or
too radical to lead the party.
governors George Romney and William
anton could provide strong leadership
they are not widely enough known.
HEN A BOMB killed four Negro chil-
dren apd injured scores of others in
mingham last month, there was wide-
ead public shock. Even Alabama's seg-
ationist governor, George Wallace, ap-
,red to be experiencing a belated guilt
he offered a $10,000 reward for the
abers. The result of this needless trage-
presents an interesting comment on
ithern style justice.
tithin hours after the bombing inci-
Lt, two men, known Klu Klux Klan
mbers, were arrested and charged with
crime. Later, a third was arrested. As
urned out, the FBI had been watching
men. Gov. Wallace was warned that a
mature order for the arrests would,
effect, ruin any chance that the men
Lid be convicted of the church bombing.,
were saying "We told you so" as, with-
sufficient evidence of the bombing,
icers last week had to settle for a
irge of illegally possessing dynamite.
three were sentenced to serve 180
Vs in jail and pay fines of $100. How-
r, they were released on bond pending
eal to the county court.
,ertainly the life of no Klan member
lid make up to the four sets of parents
the murder of their children. And
re is revealing irony in that the mur-
ers were never named and sentenced.
3ut it is evidence of twisted Southern
al ethics that the highest state official
s arranged for men to abdicate the
)t primitive of social responsibilities:
t to kill another man. The "native sav-
e" imagery conjured up at Klan sessions
parently operates without regard to

Sen. Barry Goldwater cannot unite his
party since he leads only one faction of it.
And former Vice-President Richard Nixon
and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller must be ruled
out as leaders because their national im-
ages have been greatly damaged.
IT IS INTERESTING to wonder whether
President John F. Kennedy would be
enjoying the high popularity the opinion
polls show him to have, if there were
strong leadership in the Republican ranks
to oppose him.
Even if many people believe Kennedy
to be doing an inadequate job, there re-
mains the fact that there is no one man
to whom the Republican Party can turn
and in whom it can put its confidence.
Moreover, due to the strong popularity
Kennedy has attained, the GOP would
need a very strong leadership to defeat
ALTHOUGH IT MAY be too late to have
a presidential win in '64, the Republi-
cans can still use the election year to
plan for the next presidential campaign.
The '64 election, furthermore, can be of
immense importance to the GOP if it can
establish its platforms and set policies
which will carry the party through until
the 1968 election. Then, the Republicans
should be able to emerge with a new
But in the meantime, the Republicans
should not concentrate on such things as
the proposed Rockefeller-Goldwater de-
bates. The debates will only serve to fur-
ther divide the party.
AS FOR '64, the Republicans should de-
cide to whom the very difficult task of
leading the party will fall. This man does
not necessarily have to be the one who
will receive the GOP nomination in '64
but he must be someone who will be able
to lead as well in '68 as he can in '64. With
a leader chosen, the party can begin in
'64 to re-form its policies and update
them to conform with the times.
1N ANY EVENT; the Republicans should
begin now to plan for the future. Re-
building a political party is not a simple
job nor can It be achieved overnight. It
is a long and arduous task and requires,
above all, unity and leadership.N
The Republicans were once strong and
they can be again-provided they fill the
leadership vacuum now in their party.

The Nation of Is am
Not a 'Splinter Group'

Nobody Showed U
Gerald Storch, City Editor
LANDOM COMMENTS about a slightly the committe
confusing University: far by red tap(
Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in An- Last spring,
11 Hall, a group of professors and junior cil never got
id senior students sat around twiddling list of studen
eir thumbs at a counselling seminar. although it h
his program has the laudable purpose of finally submi
tempting to give underclassmen knowl- weeks ago, an
gable, first-hand advice on what cours- Office of Aca
and instructors are like in certain ma- any more tir
rs: English, history, political science, members.
onomics and sociology. The commi
But nobody showed up. that some day
to bring more
Hopefully, the Literary College Steer- the campus.]
g Committee, which planned the ill- th the past h
ted seminar, will not become discourag- 'bignames,"]
1 and next time will make concerted for- bg nams,
al and personal efforts to get a bigger dotonly sohm-
rnout, Committee sh~
ensure the Ur
MORE SPECTACULAR campus event Also, the C
-the talk by Malcolm X Tuesday reviving hac
ght-raises a question: whatever hap- of speeches
ned to the Public Discussion Commit- around a give
e? Supposed to get under way this fall, of Unfit?

To the Editor:
I WOULD LIKE to take excep-
tions with several of the inac-
curate charges raised in Peter
Eisinger's letter regarding Minister
Malcolm X and the Nation of
Mr. Eisinger calls the Muslims
"an extremist splinter group." In-
deed it is extremist, but that
charge is a comment on American
society, not on the Muslims. It is
extremist because it demands self-
determination for black people in
America and because it puts for-
ward the program of separation.
The Muslims know that the Boss'
reforms will not liberate the
American black man from his
position as a subhuman, super-
exploited beast of burden, and
consequently it is forced to put
forward 'what may be called a
revolutionary program to survive..
The Nation is definitely not a
"splinter group." The Muslims
were produced from the ranks
of the black masses and that is
the language they speak. The so-
called "mainstreams of the revo-
lution" that Mr. Eisinger would
have us believe the Muslims splin-
tered from is nothing more than
the petty-bourgeois element within
the black revolution. Led by Uncle
Tom, gradualists and white lib-
erals, this tendency works for as-
similation of black people into
the anti-black machine, America.
It is comparable to urging Jews
in 1940 Germany to assimilate
into the Nazi machine.
The-Muslims reached their rev-
olutionary conclusions, not by
sitting above the black masses
and passing comments on it, but
because the Muslims are the most
conscious element of the black
masses. How then can it "twist
the conclusions or basic aims of
the revolutions?" It is the van-
guard of this revolution, and it is
to the Muslims which you should
look to see the course of the
revolution; and not to the white
liberal or Uncle Tom reformers,
who are nothing but apologists for
racist America.
* * *
IS MALCOLM X a "race bigot?"
Malcolm X is a black nationalist,
not a "race bigot."He has merely
come up with the only conclusion
one could come up with after an
analysis of racist America.
Integration into the present so-
ciety, as the facts show, is im-
possible. ButhMalcolm X does not
then say he wants, segregation.
Segregation is white imposed dis-
crimination against Negroes. Mal-
colm X only puts forward the
program of separation. And this
program will not be imposed, but
instead accepted by a majority of
black people in America as they
continue to see that equality and
love between oppressed and op-
pressor can never exist.
-Peter Signorelli, '63
Gracious Living.--
To the Editor:
HUNDRED and fifty girls
wait restlessly for 15 minutes
in the living room of their dormi-
MORE THAN the non-entity of
its architecture, Michigan is
made up of faces. The student be-
hind the face has chosen Michigan
for its infiniteness, its football
team (now past tense), its engi-
neering school or its reduced rates
for state-residents He has not
chosen it for its serenity, its com-
pactness or its romance languages
As a freshman he belongs to a
mass of faces, but in four years
he is expected to be less conglo-
merate and more specific. His only
security must come from his im-
mediate contemporaries; though
he may believe college-life to be
broadening, he is actually nar-
rowed. This is part of the system,

C for the necessity is to find one's

tory; finally the house mother
emerges from her office, and they
follow her down to the dining hall.
Most go into the large dining
room to take their assigned seats;
others, unassigned, wait in the
"30 seats left!" yells the head
waitress. Some of the girls enter
to "fill in"; the rest, who would
like to sit with their friends in the
small dining room, continue to
wait. "Five seats left!" yells the
head waitress. There is tension in
the air: the girls already in the
dining room look at each other
with exasperation, the head wait-
ress looks at the girls in the hall
with exasperation, they look at her
with exasperation. -
Suddenly a girl comes dashing
down the stairs and starts to go
into the dining room. "Where's
your meal ticket?" demands the
head waitress. "Oh . . I forgot
it!" She is sent back up five
flights of stairs to get it. The
tension continues to mount. At
last the girls in the hall are al-
lowed to go into the small dining
room (but they'll receive a re-
primand from the house mother
before the night is over.) A 150
pious voices chant: "We give
thanks to Thee .
AT ONE table, three nursing
majors talk about urine samples;
an English major sitting with
them looks slightly ill. At another
table, two English majors talk
about incest in Faulkner; _a nurs-
ing major sitting with them looks
slightly ill. I am sitting at a table
with six freshmen (I am a fill-
in), five of whom are teasing the
other one about her "steady." I
feel slightly ill.
Somebody from another table
goes over to the house mother to
ask to be excused. She is sent
back to her place. She has a
hunted look on her face; so do L
The house mother finally rises
and we file out of the dining room
behind her. We all seem a little'
more subdued-one might even
say depressed-than we were be-
fore all this began.
* * *
THIS IS gracious living. I have
it to look forward to three times
a week. Don't you envy me? By
the way, there are 250 girls in my
dorm. I can't see why the other
100 preferred not to eat. Cari you?
-Barbara Adams, '66

lution in 1956. They are blinded
by the exceeding friendliness that
the Communist party shows to-
ward its voters.
* * *
AS VOTERS go to the polls only
every four years in France and
Italy, most parties are little con-
cerned about their voters between
elections. But the Communist
party has an interest in keeping
the voting masses warmed up for
the Communist cause. Realizing
that the ordinary voter is usually
unconcerned about political ques-
tions, it has established such
things as youth and sports clubs,
women's leagues and information
services, and thus was able to
give the impression of being main-
ly interested in human beings,
rather than only in votes.
Inside the governments, the
Communist groups are little con-
cerned about clear political ac-
tions; they oppose all tax raises
and demand more state employ-
ment and higher wages for state
employees. But they do not seem
interested in'a true attempt to
bring the balance of payments into
the black. They accuse all other
parties of being egoists and hungry
for government money but seem
to ignore that this is exactly the
situation behind the Iron Curtain.
THERE IS another aspect to
the' popularity which Communist
theories enjoy in France and Italy.
The individual worker is often
enthused about the ideological
satisfaction which Marxism offers.
It appears that he adheres to this
ideology because it promises some-
thing much more tangible than
Christian interpretation of Heav-
With the promised overthrow of
government and the distribution
of all wealth, Communism prom-
ises a paradise on earth. The poor
and uprooted working class of the
war and after-war years found
here the practical religion it need-
ed; the moral and above-earthly
teachings of Christian churches
lost popularity because it obviously
neither wanted nor was able to
compete with such Communist
* * *
BUT EVEN this ideology could
have crumbled over the years had
it not been for the strict organ-
ization of the Communist parties.
They have, until recently, been
the best organized parties in
France and Italy. The other par-
ties were notoriously divided and
split over and over again. Thus, it
was relatively easy for the Com-
munists to keep hold of power
during the years since the war.
Only the Gaullist party has been
able to hold an even better or-
ganized body against the Com-
munists' power.
Yet fighting the Communist
party on only the political plat-
form will never be totally suc-
cessful due to the appealing Com-
munist ideology. Therefore, there
must be legislation which creates
circumstances unfavorable to both
Communist political and ideologi-
cal theories. These circumstances
can exist in a state in which the
dominant group is a large middle
class, instead of a populace clearly
divided into working class and
ruling class.
Of course, no legislation has
been able to produce this middle
class immediately. But it appears
that France and Italy should have
relatively little trouble creating
legislation which would reform
their present tax structures to
favor more of a decent middle
class. Both countries are in a
period of great industrial flourish-
ing, which would even better help
to establish an anti-Communist

BINGO! Everyone wins with
"The Pajama Game," this
year's Soph Show. Opening last
night at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, "The Pajama Game" is a
bright, flashy musical comedy.
Written by Richard Adler and
Jerry 'Ross (of "Damn Yankees"
fame), this musical boasts such
well-known songs as "Hey There,"
"Hernando's Hideaway," "Steam
Heat" and "Small Talk."
Based on Richard Bissell's nov-
el, "Seven and a Half Cents," "The
Pajama Game" takes place in and
around the Sleep Tite Pajama
Factory in Cedar Bend, Iowa, and
portrays the attempts of its work-
ers to get a 7% cents pay-hike
from their employer.
* * *
IN FACT, "Pajama Game" is the
perfect choice for any campus mu-
sical activity (which is basically
what Soph Show is), because it
gives a chance for all kinds of tal-
ented students to do a little bit of
everything and have fun doing it.
The musical contains many color-
ful characters, rather than just a
chorus serving as wall-paper for
two or three leads. Directors Di-
ane Tickton and Julian Cook
brought this out very well in their
over-all casting and staging.
Sandra Magee is tops as Babe,
the head of the Grievance Com-
mittee. She sings with a spunky,
effortless style. James Tann as the
factory superintendent, Sid Soro-
kin, is extremely relaxed and pois-
ed on stage and is thus a very
believable romantic, lead opposite
Miss Magee.
* * *
TERRY BANGS is beguiling as
Hines, the time and study man
who lives his life "by the clock."
Deborah Packer brings marvelous
gusto into her part as Mabel, the
comic receptionist. She and Mr.
Bangs are outstanding in the mu-
sical soft-shoe number, "I'll Never
Be Jealous Again."
Susan Block, as the company
president's secretary, is a fetch-
ing eye-full for any front-office
or back-room. She also adds spice
to the dance numbers, especially
"Steam\Heat" (which incidentally,
is a fantastic opener for any mu-
sical's second act). Miss Block is

-Daily-James House
PAJAMA FROLIC-Last night's opening performance of Soph
Show featured a series of lively songs and spirited performances.
Soph Show '63
A SparklingSuccess

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most amusing in "Hernando's
Hideaway." along with Mr. Tann.
James Frederick is appropriate-
ly all rubber-face and rubber-legs
as the president of the union IQ-
cal. Morleen Getz was a splended
rebel-raiser as Poopsie and Bar-
bara Shelly a good morale-boost-
er as the plumpish Mae.
ny Heyl and Susan Morrow was
simple, but well-done in a high-
kicking, high-jumping and groovy,
style. The colors of the sets and
costumes are colorfully vibrant.
Most wonderful of all-the or-
chestra, under the leadership of
Richard Roznoy, was very well-
controlled and balanced. Mr. Roz-
noy brought out a beautiful blend
of orchestra with soloists nd
chorus, allowing all the voices to
be heard when they should be and
entertaining us with the amusing
orchestrated score when no one
was singing.
* * *
THESE LIVELY numbers, com-
bined with the romantic ballads
made almost every moment of this
year's Soph Show presentation
splendid entertainment. So hats-
off to the Michigan. League and
general co-chairmen Chuck Bur-
son and Kathy George for mak-
ing "Pajama Game" possible.
--Richard Asch
Of Dance
rTHIS WEEKEND at Rackham
Aud. the University Musical
Society will present a three part
Chamber Dance Festival.
Marina Svetlova, internationally
renowned prima ballerina, will
present a program of classical
ballet at 8:30 p.m. today. Svetlova
received extensive training with
the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo,
after which she danced with the
American Ballet Theatre and be-
came prima ballerina and director
of the 'Corps de Ballet of the
Metropolitan Opera. Assisted by
her dance ensemble, she will per-
form such masterworks as Cho-
pin's "Les Sylphides" and "Pas
de Deux" from "The Nutcracker
Suite" by Tchaikovsky s well as
several pieces by De Falla and
* * *
SHANTA RAO is the mistress of
all classical styles of Indian dance.
With her company of dancers and
musicians from South India, she
will perform, tomorrow, works rep-
resentative of three of these styles
as well as examples of folk dance
from the Andhra State and Mala-
bar Coast.
Shanta Rao preserved many of
the dance forms of India as they
were about to sink into oblivion;
also she has uncovered two pre-
viously unknown forms. As she
was trained by the one remaining
authority, or "master teacher," in
each form, she is, in many cases,
the leading authority on Indian
* * *
will be Sunday, by the Hungarian
Ballet's "Bihari," with Nora Ko-
vach and Istvan Rabovsky Their
unique combination of native
dances with classical ballet is
performed by a company of se-
lected dancers and instrumental-
ists, knowledgable in the native
folk culture.
Kovack and Rabovsky were stars
of the Budapest Opera Ballet and
Leningrad Ballet until their highly
publicized defection from Com-
munist Hungary in 1953. In ad-
dition, all of the other members of
the comnanv are free Hungarian

e has been vanquished so
Student Government Coun-
around to recommending a
ts to sit on the committee
had months to do so. SGC
itted names a couple of
ad one would hope that the
demic Affairs doesn't waste
ne in choosing the student
ttee's purpose - assuming
y it will start to function--is
speakers like Malcolm X to
The Union and Voice, which
ave brought in most of the
have limited funds and can
uch. The Public Discussion
ould take up the slack and
niversity of a varied, educa-
ating speaker program.
ommittee ought to consider
lenge-a now-defunct series
and seminars organized
en theme, such as the Chal-
ert veloped Nations and the
Higher Education.
OTT was hanged in effigy
can understand the sense of
ch often encourages such
doubtful whether the dum-'
underneath the Engineering
one any good.
iers' aim was to express their
ith Elliott's coaching "tal-
ould have issued, a list of
for believing so, If, as was
hey gave their performance

Editorial Staff
torial Director, City Editor
BARA LAZARUS............ Personnel Director
IP SUTIN.............'National Concerns Editor
EVANS ... ..... . Associate City Editor
JORIE BRAHMS ..... Associate Editorial Director
RIA BOWLES.............. .. Magazine Editor
ENDABBERRY............Contributing Editor
E GOOD .......................Sports Editor
E BLOCK..............Associate Sports Editor
BERGER .................Associate Sports Editor

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