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not mean non-participation in other world affairs,
and the person who looks to tradition to confirm
his dogmatic belief in America's isolation, finds
many instances illustrating the fact that we have
participated in international life to a very marked
degree: we fostered the Pan-American Union, we
are members of numerous technical organizations
associated with the League of Nations at Geneva,
we signed several treaties that grew out of the
Washington and London naval conferences, and
besides others, we instigated and signed the Kellogg
Peace Pact. To attempt to insist then, that our
national role is one of isolation is to completely
ignore the facts.
Isolation, if the term is to have any real sig-
nificance other than political capital, must mean
a desire, backed by adequate action, to never
again participate in war. When laudable interna-
tional work is to be done, such as fighting disease,
alleviating economic ills and the like, we will do
well to participate to the fullest etent. In a world
of rapidly contracting distances, any attempt to
cling to some worn out philosophy of complete iso-
lation must be a stupid myth at best, and the
sooner we realize this, the happier our international
life will be.
Expostulating a policy of so-called isolation on
our part and yet frequently injecting ourselves
into the international scene only irks the other
nations. They call us diplomatic hypocrites - and
rightly so, in many respects.
Therefore, let us forget this isolation myth and
enter into a sincere attempt to bring about world-
wide understanding. We may still remain "iso-
lated" in regard to war - and that, after all, is the
only legitimate excuse for any sort of isolation.
The SOAP BOX
Letters publishedin thiscolumn should not be
construed as expressing the editorial opinion of The
Daily. Anonymous contributions will be disregarded.
The names of communicants will, however, be regarded
as confidential upon request. Contributors are asked
to be brief, the editor reserving the right to condense
all letters of over °300 words and to accept or reject
letters upon the criteria of general editorial importance
and interest to the campus.
To the Editor:
The statement issued from the White House
yesterday which was responsible for the decision
of Congressional leaders to delay the consideration
of Roosevelt's new tax plan was indeed fortunate.
Since the inauguration of President Roosevelt
in 1933 we. have seen a score of "must" bills pre-
sented to Congress and many of them have been
passed. Some were fine and idealistic in purpose,
but their practical application often resulted in
The main reason for their failure was because of
their hasty passage. They were railroaded through
Congress with little consideration - and the flaws
which carelessness caused became apparent soon
after their application.
During the first part of this week, it appeared
that the new tax plan was to suffer the same fate
as those other hastily-passed New Deal bills. Then
the authoritative statement from the White House
postponed the consideration.
Now the Finance Committee of the House of Rep-
resentatives will spend two weeks in listening to
the opinions of interested persons, and one week
in drafting the bill.
Without doubt, the extended time for more de.-
tailed consideration upon the proposed plan will
make the ultimate bill, if passed, infinitely more
agreeable to everyone.
evade the census takers or, if found,lie about their
citizenship status through fear of deportation.
The legally admitted alien who fails after a rea-
sonable period of residence here to swear allegiance
to our government is entitled to no greater priv-
ileges than the government of his homeland grants
aliens from the United States. Such privileges are
few. Great Britain has more liberal laws than
most European countries, yet the alien may stay
in .Great Britain only on a permit which must be
renewed every six months, and he may not work
if his working would displace a British subject
from a job.
As for the alien who has entered this country
illegally, he surely has no rights of residence. Yet
Madam Secretary Perkins supports a measure to
legalize the residence bf those aliens who entered
the country in violation of the law before 1920 and
have managed since to evade detection. Such alien
lawbreakers would be logical recruits for a seditious
The greatest bar at present to proper dealing
with the alien problem is the difficulty of isolating
the alien from the general population. Registra-
tion of aliens should be a Federal policy. Until
it is made so, passage by the Illinois legislature
of the alien registration bill, which has the support
of leaders of the American Legion and the Illinois
Bar association, will help solve the problem so far
as this state is concerned.
-Chicago Daily Tribune.
There Ought To B2 A Law
URING THESE MONTHS when we all have the
vacation urge and the itch to go someplace,
there is one form of plague visited upon us stay-
at-homes that is almost impossible to bear. That
is the "wish you were here" cards from well mean-
ing friends in the far corners of the country or
even the world.
The suppressed big game hunter or fisherman,
held at home by the mere requirement of eking out
his daily bread, invariably gets the well illustrated
and scrawled card saying, "hunting fine or
"they're thais long -? (the fish) and practically
jumping in the boat.
Or, the stay-at-home globe trotter and newsreel
addict always get the usual photographs showing
their "well meaning" friends draped gracefully over
a window seat in the tower of Pisa.
There is only one way to protect the stay-at-
home and that way lies within the power of Post-
master Jim Farley. We would advocate the barring
of vacation cards from the United States mails.
The chain-letter fad, even at its height, was never
as damaging as this age-old custom.
Yes, there ought to be a law.
-The Daily Iowan.
ONE OF THE PECULIAR aspects of
political thought" is its resistance to
change while institutions are in a state of flux.
That is, although institutions may succumb to
political, social, or economic exigencies, the people
of the state insist on deluding themselves into be-
lieving that the status quo has been retained, only
rationalizing the changes after they have been ac-
The recent history of the United States, in the
era of the New Deal, concretely reflects that fact.
That the philosophy of the New Deal has been to
a considerable extent socialistic is a fact not to be
denied. But even with such socialistic projects as
the Tennessee Va'lley Authority in full operation,
the great body of the American public which forms
the nation's political thought refuses to look at it
as such. Discounted as it may be by word of
mouth, fundamentally individualism remains still
the political shibboleth.
So it is that when a proposal such as the tax pro-
gram of President Roosevelt is advanced, a pro-
gram indefintely and comprehensively socialistic
in theory, it is rationalized to become a "share-the-
burden-of-government" program, rather than a
Following the laws of political thought, unless
a definitely socialistic program does eventuate,
changes in institutions will be rationalized to as-
sume time-worn denominations.
THE RADIO and the newspaper have
been arguing about their respective
rights in property in news. The press can say
that the radio is a government-licensed device
and therefore may not be dependable at certain
times, owing to political causes, and also that,
owing to physical limitations, it cannot adequately
and completely cover the news. On the other
hand, radio news is more rapidly dispatched and
can better keep the listener informed about things
of the moment. To go back to the property rights,
there is also the question of whether the press or
the radio shall have the first "trade" value of the
news. The whole question involves many points,
and the case is open to controversy.
In point of value to the public, however, the con-
troversy boils down to the fact that no matter
how it may be settled, the consideration still re-
mains that both instruments have their own neces-
sary fields. The radio news flashes are valuable
to the public because they are very short and be-
cause they are absolutely timely. The press is
needed as a complementary unit to give additional
facts and some attention to detail.
In the last analysis, it would seem that each
instrument might really profit by virtue of the
existence of the other. The radio should serve
to tell the listeners enough to stimulate interest in
reading a further account in the paper and getting
complete information, while good news stories
should encourage the reader to be on the lookout
for the latest developments to be heard over the
rdio. Since both are trying to keep the public
informed, cooperation rather than competition
should yield the best results.
'Obnoxious Dirt Sheet'
To the Editor:
I perceive that our dear friend the Count is
back for the summer with that obnoxious dirt sheet
of his, "What's Doing." Can't somebody do some-
thing about him?
All during the regular term the Count writes
about alleged intimacies which he and his host of
stooges uncover much to the annoyance of the
very small group of undergraduates he writes
His stuff is cheap, vulgar, and he himself admits
mostly wrieten on hearsay. The Count adopts the
theory that the subjects of his writing can never
sue him because after all "he only heard."
We see by the character of his first issue this
summer that he will be sore-pressed for gossip ma-
terial. He will probably keep up that publicity
drivel which he evidently must do to get adver-
tising. Certainly he will not be able to arouse the
interest of a majority enrollment of graduate
students with his "keyhole kovers" of the exceed-
ingly small group of socially inclined collegians.
However, in the event that he does succeed in
getting one or two juicy morsels about the Uni-
versity's 400, please dear teachers that used to teach
us in high school, don't believe that his scoops are
indicative of the degradation of the modern college
student; in fact don't even believe what you read
about those fortunate few who will make the
Count's columns, because the only "thing that prob-
ably will be true about it is the name of the person
written about, since the Count never seems to get
to any of the places about which he writes.
As, Others See It
Registration Of Miens
THE MAYFLOWER passengers were immigrants,
even though Chief Massasoit didn't have any
Ellis Island at which to detain and inspect them.
All our forefathers were immigrants, whether they
landed in 1700 or 1900.
But our earlier immigrants, and the more de-
sirable among those who came later, did not re-
main aliens. They had left the old world behind
them for good. Their interest and their allegiance
was in the new. Acknowledgement of the debt
which' America owes to immigration should not
blind us to the necessity for proper regulation of
the alien, the backward looking immigrant who
By KIRKE SIMPSON
W ASHINGTON - It fell to the lot of Madam
Secretary Perkins of the labor department
to function as official New Deal mourner for the
glories that were NRA.
Her annual report for the fiscal year '34 was
presumably on the presses when the Supreme Court
so deflated NRA. It was written largely around the
theme of NRA, viewed solely from its effect on
national labor standards and influence toward
evolution of a "realistic, flexible, practical" labor
policy for the government. From those angles,
Miss Perkins unhesitatingly pronounced the now
discarded recovery act "the most comprehensive
attempt to improve working conditions in competi-
tive industry that has ever been undertaken by
A good title for the report might be a para-
phrase of Mark Anthony's line: "I come to bury
Caesar, not to praise him." She came to praise
NRA, not to bury it; and to assert that its good
works for labor would live on after it in national
policy; but not its police powers.
AMERICAN LABOR POLICY
THE ESTIMATE of NRA's place in history was
written, of course, long before its end came
in the Schechter decision. The report does not
mention, even by inference, that demise. Miss
Perkins let it stand as was, however probably, be-
cause neither NRA itself, nbr the'compulsory code
system that fell with it have much to do in Madam
Secretary's mind with establishment of a perma-
nent "labor policy." There is little to support the
idea of governmental "regimentation" in Miss Per-
kins' conception of what that policy must be or
from what source it must originate.
Answering her own question: "Is there an Amer-
ican labor policy?'" Miss Perkins finds one evolv-
ing "in somewhat more than a rudimentary stage,"
but not "as a program conceived by a govern-
In a democracy, as Miss Peerkins sees it, labor
policy is a "program of action" by employers and
employed workers out together "in a society which
develops naturally out of the work that they do
and the life that they lead." Government's func-
tion she defines as stimulation of this "mutuality"
and fostering "development in both groups of self-
government in the public interest."
* * * *
F LABOR'S rights are defined by government,
"certain obligations will, of course, be expected
of wage earners," Miss Perkins warns, adding:
"It is for the public interest that these obliga-
tions should be defined by labor itself and that
such discipline as is necessary should be self-im-
posed from without. This is the basis of all pro-
fessional codes of ethics in modern society."
Certainly there seems little about this view of
perhaps the most socially-minded member of the
cabinet family to suggest that the New Deal was
definitely tending toward a permanent NRA regi-
mentation when the Schechter case blow fell.
Malcolm W. Bingay says "the wealth of the world
cannot be shared until the brains of the world
T HE TERM "American isolation" has
been used so frequently and, we
ight say, thoughtlessly in connection with our
Lternational position that comparatively few peo-
e quite realize just what it means.
Despite the common misconception that Amer-
an isolation means a sort of superior and beau-
ful aloofness from the 'debased' lives of all the
her nations - and particularly, non-participa-
on in thes o-called dinnmatic intrigueo f Eurnne