THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. 1948
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ODDLY ENOUGH, all news stories and ed-
itorials dealing with the charges of Red
domination made by AVC Chairman Dave
Babson have been written by persons who
were not at the meeting under discussion.
As one who attended and participated in
the meeting, this writer seeks to correct the
many erroneous statements of fact and to
present the real facts to the best of his
Most serious charge leveled by Babson
was that Shaffer packed the meeting with
Communists and their sympathizers in order
to pass a resolution condemning the expul-
sion from AVC of John Gates, Daily Worker
Packing is defined by Webster's as "the
bringing together or the making up unfairly
or fraudulently to secure a certain result."
Thus, Shaffer is supposed to have brought
together the 26 who upheld the resolution.
Eight members opposed the resolution, and
two abstained from voting. If Babson's as-
sertion that the 26 proponents of the mead-
ure were controlled by Shaffer is correct,
simple arithmetic indicates that only ten
"rank and file" members were present.
Thirty-six voting members attended this
meeting, approximately the average num-
ber in attendance at any meeting. In ad-
dition, this was the first meeting of a
new semester, and opening sessions are
always well-attended. Thus, it hardly
seems possible that only ten regular mem-
bers would be on hand.
Editorials published in The Michigan Daily
are written by members of The Daily staff
and represent the views of the writers only.
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That most of the 26 supporters of the
resolution are fulltime members and men
who vote according to the dictates of their
own consciences would therefore not seem
to be an unreasonable conclusion.
Another oft-repeated untruth is the
charge that many members left the meet-
ing before a vote was taken on the Gates
resolution in the "small hours of the morn-
ing," thus allegedly permitting Shaffer's
"block" to "steamroller" through the meas-
Actually, this resolution was passed at
11 p.m., and the meeting adjourned at
12:15. Two of the eight members who
opposed the resolution, Jacob Hurwitz and
Art Moskoff, have stated that no more
than two or -three members left before
the vote was taken.
The implication-loaded charge, now re-
tracted, made by Ed Tumin and Babson
that the new transfers at the meeting were
from Brooklyn College, is a fair indication
of the validity of other actually vicious
charges made by this pair.
One suspects that the embarrassment
which goes with being overruled by one's
constituents was an important factor in
deciding these two to publicly denounce
all who opposed them.
It is indeed ironic that the officers of
an organization which has so wholeheartedly
fought against Red-baiting and other tactics
designed to divert the attention of the public
from the more pressing problems of the'
day, should themselves resort to just such
AVC hopes that Tumin and Babson are
well satisfied with the incalculable harm
they have succeeded in rendering the or-
NIGHT EDITOR: DON McNEIL
THERE SEEMS to be a widespread impres-
sion-which the Progressive Party has
helped create-that there is substantially
nothing to choose in the coming election
between Republicans and Democrats.
It is partly justified, on the national
level-though personally we would much
prefer the sincere if sometimes bungling
liberalism of President Truman to the
self-satisfied conservatism of Dewey.
But in state and local politics in the
North the difference between Republicans
and Democrats amounts to the difference
between the New Deal and the Repub-
lican Old Guard.
It is a commonplace now to say that we
are living in the shadow of Roosevelt. The
social forces he symbolized, and the think-
ing he stood for, are still very much alive.
t But they're alive in the Democratic Party
--not the Republican.
In this district, for example, the voters
will choose between Representative Mich-
ener and Prof. Slosson. Michener, during'
his sixteen years in Congress has gained
a well-earned reputation for voting against
every measure that stood for social prog-
ress and promised benefits for the large
masses of the country.
His record includes votes for the Taft-
Hartley Bill, the Mundt-Nixon Bill, for in-
creasing funds of the Thomas Committee,
for restricting social security, for exempting
railroads from anti-trust laws, for weakened
rent control laws and against the extension
of reciprocal trade, against more equitable
DP legislation, against the anti-inflation
amendment, and against appropriating
funds for the TVA steam plant.
Prof. Slosson's record for liberalism and.
action in behalf of free expression on .the
other hand, is something to be looked
up to in this day of Thomas, Ferguson and
However, the very fact that the Progres-
sives are running their own candidate in
this district automatically means that
Prof. Slosson will lose a portion of the
votes from the liberal elements of the
This of course parallels the situation on
the national level. Maybe, as the Progres-
sives contend, it won't make much differ,
ence in Washington if the Truman forces or
the Dewey men are in the saddle, but in
many local elections, exemplified by the
one in our own second Congressional dis-
trict, it will make the difference between
men like Michener, and men like Prof. Slos-
O BRAVE NEW world! O happy breed
Who unto Washington swarmed then.
Planners, adjusters, directors of things
The economics student, prince; professors,
All whining and bold lies, cannot less the
Of what these men did. The opposition
The charge which all America does know.
That CCC graduate became CIO.
SHINING WORLD that we envision still
Where Free Man strides grandly up an
Man not bothered by who owned a Ford,
By whom sold and for what end.
Free man will shine like New Dealers of
And all that glitters will not be "Moscow
-Mary Ann Homer.
THE COLD WAR has resumed here on
the campus after a summertime calm.
Local politicos are revamping their organi-
zations, defining their programs, and mak-
ing ready to fight for these programs and
against their opponents.
Sometimes they get off balance. Some-
times they get so embroiled in fighting
opponents within and without their groups
that positive action and positive programs
Let's look at the recent squabbles in the
local chapter of the American Veterans
There was a forum scheduled to deal
with the place of the veteran on campus
three years after the war's end. Four and
a half hours of a very heated meeting saw
the forum cancelled while the ever re-
current Communist issue held the spot-
light. A pending discussion of civil rights
was cancelled as well because one of the
factions refused to give in to the Uni-
versity's ban on a particular speaker.
For the two-odd years of its existence here,
AVC has been the giant of campus political
clubs. It's been the most mature and the
most effective organization on the campus.
Now, for a while at least, there is stale-
THERE has been dissension before. AVC is,
in fact, more ripe for dissension than
most any other group. It is after all, the
melting pot of the campus political scene.
On nights that AVC has not scheduled meet-
ings, its members splinter off into the va-
rious organizations that make up the uni-
versity's vast political network.
But none of the dissension has been
fatal in the past. Compromises in form
have been made, compromises in principle
avoided. And there is little reason to be-
lieve that such will not be the case again.
Heads were hot after last week's meeting.
Chairman Dave Babson saw his viewpoint
defeated by what he claimed was a packed
house of Ed Shaffer's cronies. They all,
allegedly rammed through a motion cen-
suring the national committee for its dis-
missal of Communist John Gates, Daily
In retrospect, it seemed that "packing
the meeting" amounted to a device whereby
the sponsor of a motion urged like-minded
members to attend the meeting and to
support him. It was merely a case of out-
voting the opposition. These were called
Communist tactics. If these be Communist
tactics, majority rule is a Communist tactic.
F OR ANOTHER paradox, take Ed Shaffer's
statement on the cancellation of the
civil liberties forum. The University's refusal
to, allow indicted Communist Carl Winter
to speak here made a mockery of the civil
rights forum and it was cancelled he said.
It looks from here as if Shaffer made
a mockery of himself. Allegedly the forum
as not to be off in the clouds. It was to
deal with civil liberties violations, espe-
cially those close to home. When a man
is refused permission to speak at a civil
liberties forum and the refusal is con-
sidered a violation of civil liberties, the
forum takes on new meaning and import-
ance. Efforts should have been doubled to
make it succeed even without Winters.
Instead it was cancelled.
We suggest that Mr. Babson and his sup-
porters and Mr. Shaffer and his group take
stock of themselves. We suggest that they
both "pack" the next meeting with lots of
members and continue to "pack" similarly
every meeting from here on in. If the
Shaffer element cannot reconcile itself with
Babson and his followers or vice versa both
ought to go off by themselves and to try
to get something constructive done.
I'D RATHER BE RIGHT:
By SAMUEL GRAFTON
WE AMERICANS are grateful for out two-
party system and are accustomed, some-
times a little smugly, to give thanks that
we are not as other peoples who are dragged
down by the weight of eight parties, ten
parties, or sometimes in hot years with lots
of rainfall, twelve parties.
However the two-party system is of itself
no safeguard against political confusion.
We start with the fact that we now
have a Democratic president and a Re-
publican Congress. But, if a few doubtful
shifts in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Idaho,
Wyoming, Minnesota, Illinois, etc., we are
quite likely to come out of the next elec-
tion with a Republican President and a
This is confusing enough, but it is only
the top layer of our political confusion.
There is more below. Both major party
candidates are appealing today largely to
the independent voter, the voter who has no
firm affiliation with either party. This
means that both parties have sprung leaks
of recent years.
With the two candidates going, at least
on the verbal level, in opposite directions
from their parties, and with the parties
playing a complicated game of puss in
the corner between the executive and the
legislative establishments, the two-party
system seems to be vying quite success-
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News of the Week
FIFTY-EIGHT DELEGATES gathered at Paris this week to open,
with misgivings, the United Nations General Assembly. Notably
missing was Russian Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov.
At its first session, the Assembly elected Dr. Herbert Evatt,
Australia, as President, heard the United States give complete
support to late Count Folke Bernadotte's plan for a Palestine
settlement, and put on the agenda every issue that Russia op-
* * * *
In Palestine, strife continued, with some outbreaks of fighting and
two major developments. The Jewish extremist group, Irgun Zvai
Leumi, was dissolved by Israel's government, and King Abdullah of
Trans-Jordan announced that all of Palestine was part of his Trans-
Jordan nation, including Israel.
* * *
BERLIN ... .
With neither side of the Berlin blockade budging a bit this week,
Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin stated in the British House of Com-
mons that the Western Allies intend to stake peace on an unyielding
stand in Berlin.
The Presidential campaign speeches began this week, with
both 'Dewey and Truman speaking in Iowa and then spreading
out to cover the West. Highlights were the Dewey talk backing
military development of Atomic Power and the Truman talk call-
ing for the "Unity of the Left and not toss away votes on a
"powerless" third party.
At Youngstown, Ohio, Henry Wallace said that if "Russia stiffles
freedom and encourages dictatorship those charges are equally true
of the foreign policy of Truman and Dewey." Running mate Glen
Taylor swept through Washtenaw County speaking at Willow Run,
the Union, and Ann Arbor's West Park, calling for election of Henry
Wallace, and charging that the Democrats and the G.O.P. were de-
liberately trying "to provoke war with the Russians."
* * *
HURRICANE ... .
A tropical hurricane raked the South East Coast of the nation this
week, causing damage upwards of 25,000,000 and bringing sudden
death to nine people.
UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES. . . .
William W. Remington, on suspension from the Commerce
Department, pressed Elizabeth T. Bentley, ex-Communist testifier,
for a retraction of charges that he was Communist, threatening a
Elsewhere, Sen. Homer Ferguson charged that his investigation
had been thwarted by Attorney General Clark; Rep. McDowell said
that Committee investigation would lead to indictments on Saturday,
and Rep. Herbert reported that the Committee had turned up no
evidence at all.
In Chicago, George Pirinsky, executive secretary of the American-
Slav Congress was arrested on a warrant charging him, an alien,
with belonging to an organization advocating overthrow of the gov-
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The University reported a record breaking 20,533 students
had enrolled last week and that the figure might go to 21,000.
Dean James B. Edmonson said that large enrollments would not
endanger the present educational standard, in the first lecture of
a new graduate course on higher education.
* * *
STRIKE . . .
At Olivet College, students picketed and faculty fought this week
for the reinstatement of T. Barton Akeley and his wife Margaret who
had been discharged from the faculty, allegedly for "ultra- liberal-
ism." Olivet President Aubrey L. Ashby, said the strikers were a mi-
nority, gave students until 4 p.m. Tuesday to register. At weekend
they were still out.
* * *
The American Veterans Committee was the center of some
name calling thi sweek, as a bloc lend by AVC President Dave Bab-
son charged that Ed Shaffer, avowed Communist, had tried to pack
the first chapter meeting of the fall, in order to get some resolutions
passed. At week-end, the Daily had been stormed with irate AVCers
denying and supporting Babson's claims.
With an unexpected flood of students, every bit of space, from at-
tic to basements of University housing facilities had been filled with
students this week. Cots and davenports were in use, Vice-President
Robert P. Briggs flew to Washington and got two Willow Run dorms
re-opened, and the University went on the radio with an appeal for
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" NOVEL of Criminal Impulse," as this
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