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iMDFl SDAY, MAY -12,1948

Make Mine Aspirin

CURRENTLY SHOWING at a local the-
atre is an alleged cartoon which ade-
quately sums up one of the underlying
causes of the hysteria now gripping this
Entitled "Make Mine Freedom," the pic-
ture deals with the attempts of a sleazy-
looking mountebank to persuade gullible
Americans to give up their freedom in ex-
change for a cure-all solution labeled "Ism."
In the nick of time, however, that ever-
conquering hero, John Q. Public, comes to
the rescue and succeeds in convincing his
compatriots of the superiority of the Amer-
ican system of free enterprise-just as it is.
Don't we have more automobiles, and
more food, and higher wages," even in
times of depression," than the people of
any other country, he asks. And we owe it
all to capitalism! Of course, no mention is
made of other capitalistic nations which
have failed to achieve our high standard
of living.
John Q. Public solemnly warns us to be-
ware of those who seek to alter our free
enterprise system, for the loss of freedom
must inevitably accompany any alteration
in the system.
He who advocates the socialization of in-
dustry, national health insurancefi or an
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
vre written by members of The Daily stafff
and represent the views of the writers only.
- -- -- -

end to private ownership of land simul-
taneously seeks to deprive us of our freedom.
The implication is unmistakable. Commu-
nists, Fascists, Socialists, Wallace Progres-
sives, even left-wing Democrats and Re-
publicans are all traitors to America be-
cause they would disrupt the status quo.
Thanks to a strong propaganda machine'
backed by the almost infinite resources of
big business, the public has successfully
been confused, so that true liberals and
Communists can indiscriminately be lumped
together and branded as dangerous sub-
versives. Characteristic of this confusion is
the onerous connotation forced on the
word. "radical." Defined by Webster simply
as "one who advocates sweeping changes in
laws and methods of government with the
least delay," the word is now considered
nearly an obscenity.
That genuine liberals may wish to
strengthen the freedoms we already en-
joy by obtaining an equally-important
freedom-freedom from want-is not
worth considering, according to the poor-
ly disguised corporation spokesman in
this picture.
Surely, the fact that proposed changes in
the "American way of life" might possibly
reduce the meagre profits (only 17 billions
after taxes last year) currently being scraped
in by big business could have nothing to do
with the production of this propaganda
piece so clumsily camouflaged as a cartoon.
"Make Mine Freedom-" Come gentlemen,
let's not be naive. Give this picture the
title it deserves-something like "Make Mine
-Bud Aronson.

Slippery Motives

F THE TIDELAND ILL now before the
Senate, after a swift House okay-is
passed, it will offer a good example of how
far politicians will go in assuring themselves
This bill, which would give the mineral
rights in off-shore territories to the in-
dividual states-specifically the oil wells
now being operated off Texas and Cali-
fornia-failed to pass last year because
of the President's veto. But Congressmen
have since reconsidered in light of ter-
rific pressure put on them by lobbyists in
The oil companies are the obvious winners
in this incident. The national government
has a definite royalty payment scale, which
it adheres to closely. If the land goes to
the states these companies will be able to
deal separately with the state governments.
In the light of the fact that state officials
are in many cases working for the oil com-
panies openly as lawyers, we leave it to you
to decide how favorable state dealings would
be to the people.
But the more fundamental fact is that

this law is a violation of the principles
of inter-state commerce. The national
government has always had control over
the navigable waters both within the
states and off-shore. It is at government
expense that many of these off-shore
areas have been made navigable in the
bast history of our country.
The only argument there can be here is
that the national government controls the
water out to the twelve mile limit, but the
state owns the land that is under it. Ti
this is the case, the state's should have
been doing the dredging work the past two
hundred years by which these waters were
cleared. It was not government water but
state ground that was a hazard to naviga-
The present situation is not being ruled
by clear thinking, but by the exigencies of
an election year. This knowledge, rather
than whether or not their congressmen
pour a few dollars into state treasuries
should be the yard stick by which voters
measure their candidates at the polls next
-Don McNeil.

ruman Trouble
WASHINGTON - It is about time to take
a second look at the portrait of the
President officially painted for the world.
This portrait depicts a man whose reverses
have caused him to forget politics, and to
think only of the job in hand. The Presi-
dent, it is said, is running for re-election
by tending exclusively to the national knit-
ing, without any of those little compromises,
dodges or special arrangements which are
customary when politicians have their eyes
on the ballot boxes.
Unfortunately, the record is not in accord
with the portrait, as three recent incidents,
all in spheres of vital policy making, all
too clearly indicate. The most recent of
these incidents was the appointment of Ma-
jor General John H. Hilldring as "special
adviser to the Secretary of State on Pales-
Since the shift in American policy on
Palestine, the American Zionists have
conducted a powerful double drive, to se-
cure the dismissal of officials in the State
Department whom they regard as en-
emies, and the appointment of men they
consider friendly. They were within their
rights in so doing. The President was
equally -within his rights in desiring that
one of his Palestine advisory staff should
command the confidence of the Jewish
The way in which Hilldring was named,
however, is reminiscent of the most unfor-
tunate Presidential ventures in free-wheel-
ing policy making. Long prior to the ap-
pointment of General Hilldring, the White
House proposed to Secretary of State George
C. Marshall that Hilldring be brought back
into the State Department. Both Marshall
and Under Secretary Robert Lovett showed
little enthusiasm, tactfully expressing
doubts as to Hilldring's availability because
of his poor health. So far as they knew,
nothing further was being done in the
Yet meanwhile emissaries of the White
Iouse, among whom David K. Niles ap-
parently figured, were independently urg-
ing Hilldring to accept the post. In the
end, Hilldring gave his consent; his ap-
pointment was gazetted, and Secretary
Marshall and Under Secretary Lovett
learned they had acquired a new Palestine
adviser from the morning paper.
Delicate negotiations to secure at least
a temporary Arab-Jewish truce in Palestine
were then in progress. Only one point re-
mained in dispute. Probably no truce could
in the end have been secured, since there
was inevitably sharp disagreement on this
remaining point in dispute, which was the
extent of Jewish immigration during the
truce period. In any case, the Hilldring
appointment had an immediate adverse
effect on this effort. The last, admittedly
very faint hope of truce was killed by this
new spasm of the Administration's schizo-
phrenia on Palestine.
* * *
IN A RATHER different way, the Pres-
ident's awareness of what is often wrong-
ly regarded as practical politics has also
lately been manifested in the conduct of the
European Cooperation Administration. The
first effort of the White House was to name
a Democrat-almost any Democrat-to the
administrator's post now occupied by Paul
Hoffman. This- was frustrated by Senator
Arthur H. Vandenverg, who insisted on the
choice of Hoffman. The President's strong
feeling about EC.A. appointments were fur-
ther disclosed after Hoffman had been
chosen and confirmed. The White House
tried to induce Hoffman to take nominees
of its own for several key jobs, including
that of European ambassador-at-large now
occupied by Averell Harriman. And when
Hoffman proposed as his deputy adminis-

trator one of the ablest members of the
President's own sub-cabinet, Under Secre-
tary of Commerce William Foster, the Pres-
ident replied that he would not appoint any
more Republicans.
Finally, there is the complex matter of
the Atomic Energy Commission nomina-
tions. It is almost impossible to admire any
one's behavior on this issue, which involves
the future security of the United States,
yet is now shot with politics. But it must
be admitted that the present row was
almost openly invited by the President. He
made no effort in advance oftrenominating
the members of the A.E.C. to secure the
support of the two.key Republican Senators,
Vandenberg, and Bourke B. Hickenlooper.
He did not even consult with them.




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May 12, Hill Auditorium. It will
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Juana de Laban of the Depart-
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connection with the Adult Educa-
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Student Recital Shirley Fryman
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pupil of Mrs. Maud Okkelberg,
Mrs. Goldfarb will play Sonate,
K.281 by Mozart, Opus 76 by
Brahms, Beethoven's Sonate, Op.
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The public is invited.
Student Recital: Francelia
Whitfield, pianist, will play com-
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Perry, at 8:30 p.m., Fri., May 14,
Rackham Assembly Hall. A pupil
of Joseph Brinkman, Miss Whit-
field is presenting the program in
partial fulfillment of the require-
(Continued on Page 5

The Daily accords its readers the
privilege of submitting letters for
publication in this column. Subject
to space limitations, the general pol-
icy is to publish in the order in which
they are received all letters bearing
the writer's signature and address.
Letters exceeding 300 words, repeti-
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tory character or such letters which
for any other reason are not in good
taste will not be published. The
editors reserve the privilege of co-
densing letters.
Mundt Mixture'
To the Editor:
THE ANTI-NEW Dealers down
in Washington might soon
find themselves being forced to
adopt a New Deal approach to an
imminent nation-wide problem.
I refer to the serious state and
Federal prison shortage that
looms on the horizon (if this
Mundt bill is passed and en-
The Mundt bill would yield a
tremendous influx to our strict-
ly limited penal accommodations,
Nixon (co-author of the resolu-
tion) has made it clear that when
the Un-American committee says.
Communist fronters, it does mean
NAACP, Wallace supporters, pas-
ifists, union leaders, advocates of
any social reform, and certainly
such obvious fellow travellers as
Dr. Condon. Of course, not all the
bill's provisions would be taken
too literally. For instance, the
provision to act against forment-
es of race trouble doesn't mean
that the 100 per cent American
KKK'ers would have to register
as foreign agents or must label
their literature foreign propa-
Some might ask where does the
jail shortage enter? Wouldn't
these groups merely have to reg-
ister, publicly "admit" their "for-
eign sponsorship," hold no gov-
ernment jobs, be blacklisted by
employers when membership lists
are published and in general be
kicked around some? Yes, the
thing we're liable to forget is that
these groups lack the proper sense
of subservience; they might insist
on such nonsense as constitution-
al rights. In this case the bill
provides ten years and heavy
fines. We'll simply have to make
room for the thousands upon
thousands of recalcitrants.
Thus our economy minded con-
gressmen might be forced to ap-
prove appropriations for a Prison
Development Authority or at least
a C.C.C. styled project-of fresh
air prison camps.
Wouldn't it be emlarrassing
if they had to push through a
program differing from the C.C.C.
by only a little barbed wire and
a machine gun or two?
-Jim Avery.
Stussen Platform
To the Editor:
S EVERAL letters which recently
appeared in The Daily con-
cerning Harold Stassen sharply
point up two important features
of the current political picture.
The impossibility of any Repub-
lican presidential candidate as-
suming leadership of the nation's
liberal movement while trying to
satisfy the majority of regular Re-
publican voters, and the inherent-
ly conservative nature of Stassen's
political platform.
Some members of the species we
know as the liberal voter reside
in the Republican party, a good
many of them reside in the Dem-
ocratic party, but the great ma-
jority of them have nohome.
They are independent, shifting
from one party to the other as the
political climate changes within
each group. To hold them within
the confines of a single party over
a period of years (as FDR was
able to do) requires courageous
and imaginative leadership; and

an affirmative program to im-
prove the social and economic
conditions of our people, and to
maintain peace. Such a program
is not desired by the regular mem-
bers of the Republican party to-
day, it is not being offered by any
of the candidates- for the presi-
dential nomination, and Stassen's
efforts to conceal this are mis-
The conservative nature of
Stassen's campaign is manifest in
his attempts to pose as a liberal,
while not violating the sacred
tenets of traditional Republican
policy. This has sometimes led to
rather peculiar results.
Stassen is in favor of govern-
ment-built houses, but he is also
in favor of turning these new
homes over to private real estate
operators for profitable exploita-
He is in favor of economic aid
to Europe, but only to those coun-
tries that are not nationalizing
their industries (at a time when
almost every nation in Europe is

Letters to the Editor...



engaged in this activity) He
jwants a state-operated, non-com-
pulsory health insurance system
which would only take care of
exceptionally heavy medical bills.
In -heboygan he is against out-
lawfig the Communist party, but
in Milwaukee he is in favor of
this proposal. He is in favor of the
Taft-Hartley Act, but opposed to
its specific provisions. Senator
Taft has described Stassen's stand
on military training as being
something more than voluntary
but for something less than com-
Being unequivocally on both
sides of every important issue, it
is little wonder that even his fol-
lowers have trouble defining
'where he stands' Expjecting this
record to attract American lib-
erals to the Stassen camp (and
the Republican party) is, to put
it politely, a display of unwarrant-
ed optimism.
I would suggest that Stassen
publish a monthly guide-book for
the benefit of those interested in
following his gyrations. Perhaps
it could be called, "Where I
-Leo Weiss.
* * *
Tag Day Thanks
To the Editor:
ON BEHALF of the Fresh Air
Camp Committee, we wish to
thank the 750 students who worked
on the tag day and the many stu-
dents, faculty and townspeople
who, by their contributions have
helped make camp possible for 240
children. The serious interest of
the many persons involved in the
Camp program gives assurance
that the money will be spent wise-
ly on behalf of the youngsters and
of the community as a whole.
The fact that many student or-
ganizations cooperated on this all-
campus charity drive deserves at-
tention. We are especially happy
that student interest extends to
the actual planning and conduct
of the Camp program through the
nine student representatives on
the Camp Executive Committee. It
is our hope that the students have
a feeling of satisfaction by reason
of participation in the planning,
execution and management of a
major community enterprise.
-J. B. Edmonson, Chairman,
Fresh Air Camp Executive
Committee, Dean, School of
-Ethel McCormick, Social
Director of Women
-William Morse, Director,
Fresh Air Camp
-Walter B. Rea, Associate
Dean of Students
-Clark Tibbitts, Director of
the Institute of Human
Fifty-Eighth Year


WASHINGTON, May 10-The quality of
intractable stubbornness will almost in-
evitably lead a political figure to disaster.
Sometimes the disaster has the terrible,
yet magnificent, proportions of great trag-
edy. There is no more stirring example,
I believe, than Woodrow Wilson's failure to
obtain Senate ratification of the Treaty of
Versailles, which would have included mem-
bership in the League of Nations, Wilson's
own beloved handiwork. Wilson failed, and
in failing literally destroyed his health, be-
cause he would not compromise one inch
with the Senate. For Wilson, it was his
League or no League at all. It was no
League at all.
But the quality of stubbornness more
often leads only to a stupid, meaningless,
petty defeat--because, of course, the man
is usually not a great man.
Take the case of Harry S. Truman. Harry
S. Truman has made up his mind to run
for another term in the White House. If he
remains as stubborn as he has been thus
far, and there are no indications that he
will change, he can probably force his nom-
ination at the Democratic convention. He

will probably be able to do this despite de-
fections in the South, despite rebellion by
northern liberals. The President has the
unmatched power of White House prestige,
patronage and party control - also, there
has been a slight upsurge of pro-Truman
feeling in some sections, particularly the
Middle West.
Buit if the chances to unseat Truman as
Democratic candidate are slight, the Pres-
ident's chances for winning the general
election are non-existent. And it is ex-
tremely difficult to believe that Truman
himself still thinks he can win; yet, at
each press conference he expresses what
seems to be completely untroubled con-
fidence that he will remain in the Execu-
tive Mansion for four years more.
It is hard to believe that, if Truman
persists in running and is nominated, he
will enter the race unaware that he is going
to lose, that his own party really doesn't
want him, and that he has removed what-
ever chances there were for the election of
a capable, liberal candidate:
If he is aware of these things, his stub-
bornness borders on criminal recklessness
for the good of his country. If he is not
aware, his stupidity is incredible.

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Awakening the Public

Looking Back

TlE RECENT formation of The Commit-
tee for the Advancement of Capitalistic
Enterprise in the United States may be a
sign of deeper thinking on the part of some
Americans in regard to their country.
In the past the average American seems
to have regarded democracy, as constituted
in this country, as a system of government
that is automatically perpetuated by divine
authority. Two wars fought within thirty
years to preserve a power balance that fa-
vored the preservation of democratic ideals
should be evidence enough that this is not
so-unless wars are considered as divine

that this can best be done if Americans
are acquainted with their government in
terms of its good points and its faults. The'
' future needs of our country can then be met
with "strength and foresight," instead of
with fear and uncertainty.
The Committee strolls off the path of
wisdom when it yields to the common
temptation of talking about something
called the "American Way of Life." The
term is vague and probably meaningless.
After all, both philanthropy and murder
may be included under the heading
"American Way of Life" as parts of the
nationial scene. If, by the term, the Coin-

From the pages of The Daily
The May Festival had an added attrac-
tion. Refreshments were served the 'concert-
goers by the Women's League in the Old
Several alumni suffered the hardships of
shipboard life with the Detroit Naval Re-
serve. Refused admittange to a Norfolk
restaurant because no first class establish-
ment allowed seamen, "they were mortified
at their treatment."


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