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FZ1 DAY, lMARCHUU14, 1947 .

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Abandoning Unity

MR. TRUMAN'S foreign policy speech
marks the unveiling of an American line
which has been quietly in effect since Byrnes'
"Get Tough" speech in Germany last year.
This line is a repudiation of Franklin Roose-
velt's semi-successful attempts to solve
world problems on a joint effort basis.
Policy of the United States as it now
stands appears to be open competition with
the USSR. It is a policy of competing im-
perialisms having among its premises belief
in the inevitability of a world war between
these states. As set up by Mr. Truman, and as
debated by Congressmen, the alternatives are
to leave Greece (and consequently Europe) to
Russian influence or to maintain European
outposts of American arms and economic
control in order to offset Russian "infiltra-
tion." In either case, Soviet influence is as-
sumed to equal use of European resources in
preparation for a war with the United States.
American policy is to counter this assumed
Consequent upon Mr. Truman's and the
Congress' acceptance of this policy is a new
set of terms of justification. While Mr. Tru-
man makes a half-hearted try at talk about
supporting a "democratic" Greek Govern-
ment, it is obvious that we are not expected
to take this seriously. The crux of the con-
sequences of American support of a British-
instituted Greek leadership. so little respon-
sive to the citizenry that our armies must
maintain it, is indicated in the new catch-.
words, "free nation" and "national integ-
rity." Use of these terms makes possible in-
clusion in the speech of a plea for loans
to Turkey, a nation Mr. Truman at no time
has the effrontery to link with the adjective
"democratic." And he writes:
"The United States contributed $341,-
000,000,000 toward winning World War II.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.

This is an investment in world freedom
and world peace.
"The assistance that I am recommend-
ing for Greece and Turkey amounts to
little more than one-tenth of one per cent
of this investment. It is only common
sense that we should safeguard this in-
vestment and make sure that it was not
in vain."
To "safeguard" these dollars. we will es-
tablish an American imperial army and ad-
ministration. We will coerce in order "to
work out a way of life free from coercion"
(Truman). The future tax rolls of the Uni-
ted States will be mortgaged to support our
imperialism, through increasing the debt.
This is the course Britain followed, a course
which, with its consequent wars, has broken
American policy is evident in Mr. Tru-
man's passing reference to the UN. "We
have considered how the United Nations
might assist in this crisis. But the situation
is an urgent one requiring immediate action,
and the United Nations and its related or-
ganizations are not in a position to extend
help of the kind that is required." The dip-
lomatic conference at Lake Success is suffer-
ing a first major exploitation of the im-
potence which was carefully built in at San
Reference is made above to Franklin
Roosevelt. Expediency was often the ex-
cuse for Roosevelt decisions. But expedi-
ency was subordinated to a long-range
aim at world unity, customarily in the
very announcement of a new move. There
was no talk of unity in Mr. Truman's
speech. The American policy was formed
without attempting to secure (even by
4ressure) Russian participation in a joint
announcement of world policy.
A bulletin informs us 24 hours after the
speech that Secretary Marshall "will take
the first possible opportunity to explain the
new American foreign policy against com-
munism to Premier Stalin."

-Mi t Freudenheim
Bypassing the UN

PRESIDENT TRUMAN made no bones
about it. The United Nations for all
practical purposes died Wednesday.
The U,N. will linger on, no doubt. The.
United States and Britain will let it
squabble over such' weighty issues as a
boundary dispute between two Pigmy
tribes on an island in the southwest Pa-
But to let the U.N. decide anything big,
anything which vitally affects the United
States and Great Britain ... why, the U.N.
is an infant organization and we can't give
it anything vital. Let it stick to Pigmy
boundary disputes.
The purpose of the United Nations was
to provide a form of world government with
the ultimate ideal of preventing wars. Na-
tions of the world were to present their
problems to the U.N. for settlement. It was
the beginning of the realization that to have
a peaceful world, all nations must sacrifice

a share of their external sovereignty to an
international government.
In other words, if Greece needed protec-
tion and money, her plea should be turned
over to the U.N. If Turkey wanted to keep
the Russians away from the Dardenelles,
the U.N. would decide the issue.
But President Truman feels that the
U.N. is not able to tangle with the prob-
lem. The United States alone will have
to handle Greece's internal affairs. Bri-
tain is too broke to do it. And we must
maintain that bulwark against the So-
viets, even if it means propping up a semi-
fascistic government to do it. This has a
familiar, and dangerous, ring.
We overheard a veteran private first class
say yesterday that he wondered how long it
would be before he became a corporal.
The question is not humorous.
-Eunice Mintz

City Editor's
WHEN AN AUDIENCE fails to show up
for a scheduled panel discussion, the
panel members can either go home or talk
among themselves.
Following the latter procedure at one of
the residence halls the other night, four
forsaken speakers bandied about the idea
that this campus is still in the grip of the
1920's philosophy of how students should
spend their time outside the classroom.
Although the raccoon coat, the hipper and
the long touring sedan are no longer with
us, it is perhaps true that Big Football, Big
Social Life and a sort of "oh yeah and so
what" attitude toward the outside world are
still too prevalent.
One of the four suggested that where poli-
tics are concerned, students in foreign coun-
tries have it all over us. It's a fact that
while the average American freshman is
deciding what social club or extracurricular
activity he'll tie himself to, his counterpart
in another land is choosing his political par-
Most Americans have the touch-me-not
atttitude toward politics. You don't get
serious about political issues until you're old
enough to vote, if then, and holding politi-
cal office and taking an active part in party
activities are shunned by people who are at
once the best-educated and the best-fitted
to play a leading role in government.
There aredozens of extracurricularactiv-
ities around here that are devoted to useful
purposes. All well and good .But we ought
to have local chapters of the Young Repub-
licans, the Young Democrats, the Young
Socialists, the Young Populists, et al.
The recently-reactivated Karl Marx So-
ciety was sworn on pain of dissolution to lay
off political activity. The fact that the
backers of the society had, in their proposed
constitution, already agreed to abstain
means only that they were prepared before-
hand for the "attitude" - as colored by re-
cent investigating committees - to assert
If we had all the political parties organ-
ized here, the idea of the Karl Marx society
as a political action group might occasion
no alarm.
There is no known regulation on the Uni-
versity books which prohibits students from
banding together in local affiliates of na-
tional parties.
A good many years ago there was a young
Republican or Democratic club on campus
that died of inertia. In 1947, there are half
a dozen political action groups, but their
undesirable aspect is that they have no di-
rect tie-in with the national political par-
ties which actually shape and influence pub-
lic policy.
With a preponderance of the student body
now of voting age, the time would seem to
be ripe to render the 1920's philosophy as
obsolete as the raccoon coat which was once
a part of it.
Greece ...
IN HIS ADDRESS to Congress, the Presi-
dent called for a $400,000,000 bulwark
against the spread of Communism in the
form of aid to Greece and Turkey.
Great Britain, gracefully bowing out of
the muddle, to which she has contributed
in no small measure, is handing over the
imperialistic reins to a man who is not as
experienced in the gentle art of protecting
British interests as are the British. He may
find the Middle East picture a studyin the
muddy brown shades rather than the black
and white picture that he seemingly has
been led to expect.
One might well ask oneself at this
point why the United Nations organiza-

tion has not been called upon for aid.
Perhaps Great Britain has greater faith in
the naivete of President Truman than in
the innocence of an organization created
to attempt solutions for problems of just
this kind.
Some such naivete can be detected in Mr.
Truman's statement that "The peoples of
a number of countries of the world have
recently had totalitarian regimes forced up-
on them against their will." To the red-
fearing world this statement points the hand
of guilt toward Soviet Russia. But any
Greek citizen remembers the pre-war, Bri-
tish-backed Metaxas regime, a dictatorship
just as rotten and ugly as Hitlerian or Mus-
solinian successors. He also remembers the
British "aid" to Greece during the war in
the form of battling the Greek Communists
in the interests of unity, culminating in re-
treat and more heartbreak for the Greeks.
When Greece finally was "freed" from
the Nazi yoke, the more refined silken
cord was wrapped around her neck and it
is of small wonder we find "Several thou-
sands of armed men led by Communists,
who defy the government's authority."
Particularly when the government has the
armed sanction of the British.
It's quite possible that the United Nations
organization would not swallow the same
line. The only hope is that Mr. Truman
learns the Greek facts of life before it is
too late.
--Lida Dailes

(Cuntiuued from Page 3)
4121 ext. 489. for further infor-
Mr. J. B. Green of the Naval
Research Laboratory will be in our
office on March 17 and 18 to re-
cruit personnel for the Potomac
River Naval Command. Any,
chemists, physicists, or engineers
who would like to talk to him may
make an appointment by calling
the Bureau of Appointments, 201
Mason Hall, ext. 371.
University Lecture: Professor
Heinz Hopf, of the Federal Insti-
tute of Technology of Zurich,
Switzerland, will lecture on the
subject, "Ends of spaces and
groups and their relation to alge-
braic topology," at 4:15 p.m., Fri.,
Mar. 14, Rm. 3017, Angell Hall;
auspices of the Department of
University Lecture: Mr. John
DeFrancis, United States Depart-
ment of State, will lecture on the
subject, "The Political Contro-
versy over Language Reform in
China," at 4:15 p.m., Tues., March
18, Rackham Amphitheatre; aus-
pices of the Department of Orien-
tal Languages and Literatures.
Graduate students in Business
Administration and Economics:
Mr. Paul Hollos, Director of the
Hungarian Commercial Bank, will
lecture on the subject, "The Bank-
ing Situation in Hungary under
Hitler," Monday. March 17, 4:30
p.m., East Lecture Room, Rack-
ham Bldg. Faculty members and
graduate students in Business Ad-
ministration and Economics are
invited to attend.
Professor Al K. Snelgrove, De-
partment of Geology, Michigan
College of Mining and Technology,
Houghton, Michigan, will speak on
Geological Exploration in New-
foundland" at 11 a.m., March 15,
Rm. 2054, Natural Science Bldg.
Academic Notices
Biological Chemistry Seminar,
Rm. 319, W. Medical Bldg., 10 a.m.,
Sat., March 15. Subject: "Vita-
inin A-- Chemistry -Function-Dis-
t1bution." All interested are in-
mathmtiatics Seminar on Com-
vlex Variables: Sat.. March 15

'Choral Union Series, Sun.. March
116, 7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Pro-
gram: Mozart's Overture to "Mar-
riage of Figaro"; Haydn Sympho-
ny in E-flat; Frank Chorale; and
Ravel's "Alborada."
The public is respectfully re-
quested to be seated on time, since
doors will be closed during num-
Faculty Recital: Hardin Van
Deursen, Assistant Professor of
Voice in the School of Music, has
planned a recital for Tuesday,
March 18, Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, 8:30 p.m. Program: com-
positions by Handel, Sarti, Caris-
simi, Schumann, Massenet, and
Easthope Martin. The general pub-
lic is invited.
Student Recital: Joanne John-
son Baker, a student of piano un-
der Mabel Ross Rhead, will be
heard in a recital in partial ful-
fillment of the requirements for
the degree of Bachelor of Music,
at 8:30 p.m., Mon.. March 17, Lyd-
ia Mendelssohn Theatre. Her pro-
gram will consist of compositions
by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, and
"Fantastique Suite," written by
Mrs. Baker. The public is cordial-
ly invited.
The Museum of Art presents an
exhibition of drawings and water
colors by George Grosz through
March 16. Alumni Memorial Hall,
weekdays, except Mondays, 10-12
and 2-5, Wednesday evenings, 7-9
and Sundays 2-5. The public is
cordially invited.
Paintings by Charles Farr and
Gerome Kamrowski of the faculty
of the College of Architecture and
Design, Rackham Galleries, cur-
rent through March 14. Gallery
will be open from 10-12 a.m., 2-5
p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.
Drawings of the human figure.
March 7 through March 27, Main
floor, Architecture Bldg.
Conservation of Michigan Wild-
flowers, an exhibit of 46 colored
plates with emphasis on those pro-
tected by law. Rotunda Museum
Building. 8-5 Monday through Sat-
urday. 2-5 Sunday. Current
through March.
Events Today

fiCcteip Reg 47by U;Id ctreS di ft,'
Tm ~.U .Pat. Off. AiI r.iht: r serve~

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because The Dailyf
prints EVERY letter tothe editor
(which is signed, 300 words or less
in length, and in good taste) we re-
mind our readers that the views ex-
pressed in Iciters are those of the
writers only. Letters of more than1
300 words are shortened, printed or
omittedAt the discretion of the edi-
torial director.
Re: Karpin3si
To the Editor:
N YOUR. ISSUE of 1 March Mr.
Karpinski writes that because of
the seven million Russian war
dead. Great Britain and the
United States were spared ines-
timable losses and that in all ne-
gotiations with the Soviet Union
this should be remembered. By
all means let us render homage
where homage is due; but does
Mr. Karpinski mean to imply that
Russian losses should influence
our diplomacy? If so. I should
like to remind him of certain
points relevant to his position.
(1) Pain is not quantitative. You
do not increase the total amount
of pain by multiplying the number
of those who suffer. Hence, to
speak of a nation of several mil-
lion souls as suffering more pain
than Mr. Smith of 52 Main Street
is good journalism but bad ontol-
(2) A nation is not respected
for what it does from necessity
but from intention. A deed is mor-
ally judged by the motive that
prompted it. not by the mere event
of the deed. It was Russia who
was attacked; I see no special vir-
tue in the mere fact that she
fought back, for beasts do the
same. Indeed but a short time be-
fore she had shown through the
most cynical policy in all history
her unwillingness to sacrifice all
Christendom if she herself might
be spared.
(3) A nation's ideology is not
more palatable because of those
who die for it. If it were so, we
should all have been good Nazis
long since. The martyrs to false
gods are myriad, though it is true,
as Cardinal Newman wrote, that
we may "look for a blessing
through obedience to an erroneous
system, and a guidance even by
means of it out of it." But that
is no honor to an evil system nor
to any one who, knowing it to
be evil, serves it though with the
best of will.
(4) "Though I give my body to
be burned and have not charity
(love) it profits me nothing." Thus
St. Paul. It may profit another,
but certainly not the sufferer. In
the light of past events, vituper-
ative attacks upon the West in
Pravda, expulsion of great masses
of people from their homelands,
appropriation of absolute author-
ity over the Church, the family
and the very lives of the so-called
"liberated" states by the power in
the Kremlin are we not permitted
to doubt the relevance to us of
that "charity" which certain of
her votives may wish to ascribe to
I repeat, let us honor the dead,
all the dead. If their motives were
good, then honor is due their per-
sons; but if evil, then shall we
honor them only as they are the
inheritors of the common heritage
of every man.
-Richard Bennet
Coffee Crisis
To the Editor:
pathy with Mr. George Georg-
iou concerning the prevailing cof-
fee crisis. I shudder to think
one of my fellow students at this
University is becoming irritale
and snappy because he is forced
to cut his consumption of that so
necessary brew by 2/5.
But, there is always a bright

side to each of life's little dilerr'
mas. I hereby extend a personal
invitation to Mr. Georgiou to at-
tend the Union Coffee Hours hetl
every Wednesday afternoon in
the Terrace Room at which time
we will serve him all the coffee,
with or without, that he is able
to drink, free of charge.
-Bob Holland
Fraternity Question
To the Editor:
WISH TO congratulate the
writer of Scratch Pad for taking
what I consider a large and dis-
interested view of the qlestion of
fraternities and sororities in col-
lege" life. While we are becoming
more ,aware- daily of the various
types of discrimination that have
been practiced and are being
practiced today in America we
I should not overlook an institu-
tion which is the antithesis to the
democracy we profess. What ac-
tually do we have in fraternities-
and sororities? We have a group
of individuals sitting in judgement
on their equals and deciding whe-
ther or not these people are good


enough to associate with them.
The very basis of the system is
anti-democratic and repungant to
an individual who has any degree
of self-respect. It is an institu-
tion that smacks of the snobbery
and pseudo-aristocracy of the Old
World. "But really, Jeeves, old
man, should we let this bounder
into the Miffing-On-The-Thames
Club. His father made his money
as a greengrocer, you know."
The fraternity and sorority are
based on the laws of the wolf-
pack. We set up some arbitrary
standards and accept only those
who measure up to them. It
makes up little tin gods, doesn't
it. I wonder how high scholar-
liness rates with the ruling group
in fraternities and sororities. I
don't mean high marks, because I
do not believe them to be true
criterion of intelligence, and I
imagine even faculty members
would agree with me there. But
regardless of what the criterion
are - scholarliness, personality,
appearance, extra-curricular ac-
tivity or what have you, I think
that the system is based on false
values. If it is merely a question
of a place to live why not put it
on a first come first served basis.
I belong to that great fraternity,
the Mystic Brothers of Willow
Village. I didn't select my room-
mate or the fellows that live in
my dorm. But, for the most part
they are fine fellows. Oane of
them talks too loud; another one
imitateshCassidy from the Fred
Allen show. But I' myself have
little eccentricities. I try td drown
out Perry Como on the radio. A
motley crew, I hear some frat
member say, who has picked his
associates from a long list of ul-
tra-ultra people. Motley, indeed
but democratic.
I am familiar with the system
used at Notre Dame, where there
are no fraternities, and, of course,
no sororities. We all admit that
the "Notre Dame spirit", is pro-
verbial, both on and off the foot-
ball field. I feel that such a spir-
it issues to a great extent from
the democratic basis of "no-fra-
ternity, f i r s t-come-first-served-
rule". I do not hold forth against
the frat system because of per-
sonal pique. I just wish to take
a stand against something which
was introduced by the sons and
daughters of the idle rich and is
now infecting us, the great- un-
-James S. Irwin
Small Children
To the Editor:
THINK it is contemptible and
perverse for Mr. Vogan to
charge for "small children." I
just wonder what Mr. Vogan's own
'small child' thinks of his father
for this mean and inconsiderate
I dare not write further on the
subject. Having been a "small
child" myself once, I feel this too
deeply for dignified expression.
-Hugh Z. Norton
* * *
G.I. Bill
To the Editor:
I AM IN hearty agreement wit
Messers Young, 'Tonipkins, et
al i.e. increased allotments for
veterans under the G.I. Bill.
My only reservation is that if
the bill is to be equitable it should
make some provision for more
than one dependent on a marrid
vet. I should like to see some such
amendment made.
With this one exception I would
say amen.
-Dustin P. Ordway

1U11t~3U LILJ
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Letters to the Editor..

'Great Books' Course

THE LATEST move of the University re-
garding general education for under-
graduate students was revealed recently in
the plan to offer next year an optional
course for freshmen in the "Great Books".
Conducted on an experimental basis for
MID ALL the conflicting sides of our eco-
nomic issues today, it comes as some-
what of a relief to hear such tempered analy-
sis of our economy as was given by Prof.
John Maurice Clark in his talk 'Competition
and Security."
Strictly a middle of the road economist,
Prof. Clark warns against the dangers of
falling victim to stereotyped economic ideas
which come to be accepted without question.
Economic situations are dynamic and stand-
ards which have applied to them in the past
may not do so now. Yet we develop dogmas
in our attitude toward what is right and
what is wrong in an economy.
A good illustration of this propensity is
common in our beliefs concerning competi-
tion and monopoly. Often it is said, "compe-
tition is good and monopoly bad for free
enterprise." This assumption is quite far
from being entirely true and certainly is
sometimes stretched too far. In the final
analysis the goal of every American worker
is security and it's grossly unrealistic to as-
sume that competition left alone always
provides this margin of security.
It is not to be suggested that some alter-
native to a competitive system should be
found but rather to ask the question,, how
far can competition go? A brief look at
agriculture's plight will evince the evils of
too much competition.
The goal is to strike a healthy comprom-
ise between the two extreme alternatives.
The mainspring of free enterprise is still
the incentive of profits. If the efficiencies

two years, this course will be directed by
Prof. Clark Hopkins of the classical studies
department. Placing the emphasis on the
books themselves rather than on background
material, he hopes to offer to first year stu-
dents for the first time in the University's
history a synthesis of Western cultuie.
Lectures for this course in the "Great
Books" will be given by instructors from
seven departments of the literary college.,
history, geography, Romance languages, I
English, German, classical departments
and philosophy. Due to the limited num-
ber of instructors available, only fresh-
men will be admitted to the course.
This proposed course has a pattern simi-
lar to the course in Latin American Studies,
which is being offered open to seniors and
under the direction of Prof. Irving A. Leon-
ard, chairman of the Spanish department.
Students in this course are gaining a multi-
lateral, and yet linked, picture of Latin
American patterns of life from lectures giv-
en by professors in various departments,
such as: anthropology, geography, econom-
ics, history and fine arts.
Courses of this nature have already been
placed on the curricula of several other
leading educational institutions, including
Columbia, Harvard and Chicago. It seems
highly desirable to have more of them here,
especially when we realize that such a great
number of students spend most of their col-
lege years pursuing courses in a limited
field, their "field of concentration", and
thereby learn little or practically nothing of
the contents and influence of the "great
Moreover, Prof. Hopkins is an especially
fortunate choice to direct this course. He
is Assistant Director of the Veterans Service
Bureau, and'Professor of Classical Art and
Archaeology. Highly characteristic is his
coordination of all phases of life, whether
it be the study of the Roman, Greek or
Persian civilization. A firm believer in the

10 a.m., Rm. 3011, Angell Hall. University Radio Program:
Mr. Hansen will speak on the 2:30 p.m., Station WKAR, 870
Schwarz-Christoffel mappings. Kc. Tales from Poe, "The Prema-
~~~-~~ ture Burial."
A Water Safety Instructor's 2:45 p.m., Station WKAR, 870
Course will be conducted by the Kc. Botany Series, "Edible Wild
Red Cross on the following dates: Plants of Michigan," W. C. Steere.
April 15. 17, 19, 21, and 23, in the Professor of Botany.
evening. The course will be held 3:30 p.m., Station WPAG, 1050
at the Intramural Pool and is open Kc. George Cox, Baritone.
to bot h men and women. Anyone
interested must sign up in Barbour Mixer for graduate students:
Gymnasium immediately. 8:30 p.m., Rackham Bldg. Cards,
A preliminary training ourse dancing, and refreshments. Small
will be given at the Central High admission fee. Sponsored by the
School in Ypsilanti on March 18, Graduate Student Council.
19, 20. 25, and 26. This is a pre--
requisite for the Water Safety German Coffee Hour. 3-5 p.m.,
Course. Transportation to the League Coke Bar.
Central High School will be furn-
ished by the Red Cross. The Congregational Disciples
/' _Guild and the Wesleyan Guild will
Co certs present Hayloft Ho-Down at 8:30
p.m., MVethodist- Church. Square
The Chicago Symphony Orches- dancing. social dancing, and .other
tra, Desire Defauw, conductor, will entertainment.
present the tenth program- in the (Continued on Page 5)

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