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    The Daily Nebraskan
Friday, Oct. 27, 1961
Page 2
EDITORIAL OPINION
Student Ideas
Must Be Aired
In regard to Wednesday's letterip entitled "Writer
Predicts Democracy Collapse," the Daily Nebraskan
would first like to point out our reason for printing the
letter.
We feel the letter, although shocking and Inconsistent
with American ideals, should be published because such
a philosophy which might be found not only on this
campus but elsewhere in this nation, should be recog
nized. We presented the letter with the intent of bringing
tiiis person's thoughts into public focus to be Judged.
If this letter proposes to be what it seems at face
value, we have an individual on this campus parroting
the Communist doctrine per se.
The author, in our opinion, exhibited his agreement
with the totalitarian communistic way of life. By ttie
same token he has rejected America in every sense of the
word. If these things be true we can assume that the stu
dent who wrote the letter is guilty of advocating a doc
trine which is completely against everything we hold
dear as Americans.
Somewhere along the line, this student has lost his
common sense and his ability to see what America
means to countless millions. If he knows what he is say
ing, he has fallen for the commie line hook, line and
sinker.
The writer pointed out that democracy is faltering
before the "brilliance f the Red Star, a brilliance fed by
the Soviet Union's dynamism on the international scene
and by its magnificent accomplishments in the realm of
science." These are words that might well come from a
communist propaganda leaflet or from the mouth of Mr.
K himself. His statement can be proven to be illogical
and untrue the same way ur national leaders dispute
Khrushchev's lies and predictions.
America was not built in a day and it shall not die
in a day. There is an inherent will found within free
thinking peoples of this country which will consistently
rebuke the big red lie, even if it means war. In this bat
tle between democracy and communism this confused
student will find America does not stand on shaky legs.
Communism works underground as much as it does
in the open. There Is one thing communists cannot af
ford: exposure. If this or other students on this campus
belongs to or advocates the Communist Party, they
should be dug out and shown to the public. This was the
purpose of printing the letter.
It is our feeling that such beliefs should be identified
and dealt with. We are certain the University officials
join us in this belief. This institution -undoubtedly takes
the same stand as other democratic organizations should
in this matter. There is nothing to hide here. If there are
communists among our ranks, let them be found. N.B.
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IReaders
I Answer
ILetterip
To the Editor:
In regard to R. L. Sie-
gel (Oct. 25, Daily Ne-
braskan) The statement
1 was made that "Democ-
1 racy is a fragile form of
government unable to
i withstand crisis."
Democracy has been in
I existence in this country
i for over 180 years. During
I this time it has withstood
crisis including a civil war
and two world wars and
f still stands undefeated.
If Democracy has last
its power maybe Mr. Sie-
i gel would like to explain
why the individual from
such Communist states as
East Germany and Hun-
gary are trying to escape
the iron curtain each day.
I One other point seems
worthy of note. Mr. Siegel
s seems very content now to
live off the "wealth and
lecherous capitalists." In-
deed he is now receiving
his education from them.
He is also willing to use
the democratic right of
freedom of the press.
Can Mr. Siegel explain
his views on these two
points? Can he explain
i why the tax payers of this
state should support h i s
education? Maybe he
I should apply to one of the
"great" Russian Univer-
s sitics.
I If the "Stalker" is grin-
ning now to paraphrase
an old American saying,
"He who grins last grins
1 best." He won't win. He
won't win.
G. N. Cooper
I D. E. Whittemore
To ihe Editor:
This is the mpst despic-
able abomination imagin-
I able. It reeks with bellig-
erence, deceit, hate, ran-
cor. Why in the hell is
i Eisenhower returned to
I activity. Knock and I'll
f say something good about
I the Kennedys. Then you're
I really in trouble, bud,
I cause there's not an
1 American alive who
doesn't have some preju-
I dice about politics.
I Or better yet why not
1 cut the Catholic's sack.
1 How about the Presbyteri-
ans? Or better yet, de-
grade the Seventh Day
Adventists who have sent
teams of doctors to com-
1 munist infiltrated areas of
the world. You think you
1 can exist without a repub-
i lican form of government
to compete with. Well lis-
1 ten. You communists are
nothing but slobs. Cheer
up, you've got only two
I factions to work with: the
1 intelligible communists
and the unintelligible ones.
I John Richard Hemmer
To the Editor:
I Mr. Siegel might have
offered a trial balloon to
the public in an attempt
to measure the reaction
I upon publication of his let-
ter. If not, I take grave
exception to his remarks.
His letter represents a
man caught in a most
i horrible paradox; through
I living in a democracy, he
I Is' completely infatuated
with the essence and
I existence of communism
and dictatorship. We can-
not bear to see this man
suffer tinder such a bur-
den. Let us buy him a
one-way ticket $590.00
United Airlines to the
I country in which the
I "brillance" of the "R e d
I Star" is reflected in a 1 1
1 its dynamic glory, China.
1 Here he may live a life
-I of luxury on three or four
ounces of rice a day. He
I could relax under the ra-
dio-active Siberian a i r
currents. He may be for-
tunate enough to stand
guard at the border and
shoot the peasants who
are fleeing to the world
of dying democracy or be
I invited to build a wall to
keep cut the decadent
-ideas of democracy. If he
1 should tire of a single
I communist concept, let
him write a letter to
Pravda or the Red Star;
1 he would soon receive an
education in salt produc-
I tion, if he were lucky.
Donald L. Cleveland
Graduate Student
' Political Science
I To the Editor:
This is being written in
I response to the letter by
Mr. R. L. Siegel printed
in the Wednesday edition
of the Daily Nebraskan.
1 Mr. Siegel's thesis was
I that "Democracy is a fra
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gile form of government
unable to withstand cri
ses" and that therefore,
the struggle of the free
world to remain free in
the face of Communist
pressures is doomed to
failure.
I would suggest that
Mr. Siegel re-evaluate his
sweeping generaliza
tion concerning the stabil
ity of the democracies in
v the times of crisis. Cer
tainly, our own form of
government has withstood
many periods of stress
and strain since the
founding of the Republic.
Indeed, at their respec
tive times In history the
various crises to meet no
doubt appeared equally
as foreboding and at
menacing as that with
which the United States is
faced today. There were
defeatists, cut from the
same mold as Mr. Siegel,
who predicted that the
young nation of the 1790's
could not survive a Civil
War; that it could not
survive the Great Depres
sion; that it could not
survive the Hitlerian
menace, ad infinitum. But
this nation did survive. -
Again, Mr. Siegel should
consult additional sources
before generalizing about
the future of democracy
in the under-developed
areas where he claims
that "it is difficult for
democracy to flourish." It
is true, of course, that
these areas ' are faced
with problems. However,
the mere existence of
problems is not sufficient
grounds for undue pessi
m i s m concerning the
long-runt chances of suc
cess of democratic forms
of government. In fact,
the experience in Latin
America since 1952 has
been greatly encouraging
for the future of democ
racy, freedom of expres
sion, and of other human
"rights" is a strong one
as the experience of Hun
gry in 1956 so well attest
ed. 1 do not think, Mr.
Siegel, that the majority
of rational human beings
around the face of the
globe are struck so dumb
as yourself with 'the So
viet Union's dynamism on
the international scene
and by its magnificent ac
complishments in the
fact, it seems to me that
one -of the several moti
vational forces behind the
newly emergent areas is
the desire to govern their
own affairs and to deter
mine their own relations
with the rest of the world
both of which are anti
thetical to the "dyna
mism" of the Soviet Un
ion. As for the supposed fra
gile nature of the democ
racies, a statement by a
university professor is ap
propriate. "A pyramid
standing on a broad base
is much more stable than
an inverted pyramid
standing on its apex." A
government based upon
and responsible to the fac
tor of public opinion is in
reality more able to suc
cessfully meet crisis situ
ations than a government
resting in the hands of
one man, answerable to
no one, and succeptible to
the many frailities of hu
man nature.
If Premier Khrushchev
makes a mistake, the So
viet pyramid runs the
risk vl tumbling. If Pres
ident Kennedy makes a
mistake there is the
chance for corrective ac
tion through pressures of
public opinion. The lack
of such corrective pres
sures in the Soviet Union
to take up the slack when
Mr. Khrusbchev, who is
not infallible, makes a
mistake can be a serious
weakness for any so
called monolithic political
system. Nazi Germany
provides a .convenient ex
ample of this phenomenon
for Hitler's uncorrectable
mistakes brought to an
aboritive end the pros
pects for a "one-thousand
year Reich."
Brent L. Chambers
To the Editor:
I would like to reply to
the letter of Mr. R. L.
Siegel, which appeared in
the Daily. Nebraskan on
October 25. ,
Only in a nation such
as the United States of
America could such a let
ter appear in the public
press. In the Soviet Un
ion, this type of 1 e 1 1 e r
would immediately cause
the writer to be arrested
and imprisoned for counter-revolutionary
a c t i v
ities. In answer to Mr. Sie
gel's argument for R n s-
sian superiority, I would
like to state a few unde
niable and concrete facts.
At the present moment
the United States outdis
tances the Soviet Union in
the following categories:
gross economic product,
capital goods and consum
ers' goods production, per
capita income and produc
tion, housing standards,
transportation and c o m
munication facilities, agri
cultural methods and pro
duction and almost a 1 1
categories of scientific
achievement.
We should not let a few
isolated instances of Rus
sian success in the area
of missile development
stampede us into panic.
Even the Russian scien
tists concede that the
American lead in overall
space and missile develop
ment is impressive. Also,
most qualified observers
emphasize that the U.S. is
ahead of the Soviet Union
in military strength, both
in nuclear and convention
al types. In addition, the
sober second looks at the
Soviet educational system
have disclosed startling
deficiencies and glaring
weaknesses.
I would also like to em
phasize the striking dif
ference between the Rus
sian and the American so
cieties as regards human
freedom and individual
liberty. In the Soviet Un
ion the freedoms of
speech, assembly, the
press, religion, thought,
and political and econom
ic choice are sharply cur
tailed by the monolithic
State. In the United States
these privileges are taken
for granted by almost all
citizens from birth, as
they should be in a free
society. In total the con-
trast between the recog
nized value of the indi
vidual is so stark as to
convince any reasonable
mind of the difference be
tween the two nations.
There is no overriding
historical force which de
crees that representative
democracy is doomed to
defeat and totalitarian dic
tatorship destined for vic
ory. History is an open
road and can best be tra
veled by men of practical,
rational independence,
and not those with pre
conceived ideological
biases. The great tyrants
of the past, men such as
Napoleon, Bismarck, Kai
ser Wilhelm, Mussolini,
Hitler and Tojo, have all
perished but democracy is
still a going concern.
To those who cry defeat
in the battle with totali
tarian communism, the
lessons of American his
tory will surely give some
pause. Times were bleak
at Valley Forge; morale
was low after the British
burned the White House in
1814; the fortune looked
bleak at Pearl Harbor,
Bataan and Bastogne; but
the day of reckoning has
always come. To state the
facts in sporting terminol
ogy: Early leads or chal
lenges never bother a
champion; the U.S. has
always had a good late
inning ball club.
So, Mr. Siegel, I say to
you that as long as the
human mind hungers tfor
individual liberty and self
' expression, and free men
maintain their strength,
dictatorship is ultimately
doomed and democracy
will always be a going
concern.
An interested American
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What's Happening?
By Dick Stuckey
Halloween is the m o s t
wonderful time of all at
the University. What
other day in the whole
wide year is given over
to the spooks.
Thousands of witches
will get out their brooms
and go look for some gob
lin. The campus will be
held in the captive mys
tery of the night; the
clouds will cover the
moon; you'll hear a knock
on your door; you'll open
it; some mortar board
will be selling mums.
But often the young
folks tend to loose the
spirit of Halloween. They
think that college demands
a higher sophistication.
But this need not be the
case. There are several
Halloween parties already
scheduled, and we h o p e
that these several sugges
tions help make your
Halloween a more collegi
ate one. Button down your
jack-o-lanterns.
1. Bobbing for Apples:
The old game, once a .
moment of glee in n r
lives, has now lost its ap
peal for our Halloweens.
The people can't quite see
the dignity of bobbing in
and out of a tub of water
for an apple. The novelty
and purpose of the thing
have left ns. Fill it with
vodka.
2. Pin the Tail on the
Donkey:
Few of us appreciate the
quaintness of the donkey
as we used to. Even the
concept of the tail has
changed and so must
the game. Let the com
pany choose an appropri
ate young lady, strap her
to the upended dining
room table, and have th
blindfolded young men
oust about with their
fraternity pins. Tremen
dous sport.
3. Trick or Treat:
Divide the party into
groups of 40, and have
them hit up" the homes
of several member of the
faculty. Suggest that they
rent railers from U-haul,
and once the man's door
is down, should be respond
with ""Show me y n r
trick," or some such wit,
show Mm. Live effigies
add a good deal to the
spirit of Halloween.
4. Tipping Over Out
houses :
There are few such
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THE LINCOLN SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION
announce it 1961-62 erie$
SIX CONCERTS fOUR GUEST ARTISTS
Leo Kopp, Distinguished Conductor
UfSi. 7 Ivan Doris
Dec. 12 Jennie Tourel
J2n 23 Li"c8l" $y"P rchetro ftmentt the muiic of
Rodger one Hemmerxhsia.
Feb. 27 Nathan Milstein
Mar. 28 Byron J onis
April 1 0 Lincoln Symphony Orchestra antf Audition Winnow
STUDENT TICKETS: $5.00 for series of 6 concerts
TICKET DRIVE HEADQUARTERS: School of Music
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OFFICE: Noti onal Bank of Commerce
Tel: GR 7-8911
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structures left on campus
or in Lincoln, but apt sub
stitutes should not be dif
ficult to locate campus
police cars, city b u s e s,
library book racks, union
tables, sorority furniture,
Andrews Hall, the girls'
dorm, the state capitoL
5. Costume Parties:
The administration ha
suggested a new touch for
Halloween costume p a r
ties. Have your guests
come as different m e mi
ners of the Division of
Student Affairs, the Chan
cellor's office, or the Fac
ulty Senate. Then, after a
fantastic evening of apple
cider and grain alcohol,
when the unmasking time
comes, won't everyone be
surprised that about four
of those funny masks
won't come off.
6. Hold Your Own Witch
and Spook Trials:
If recreated in the spirit
of Salem, these can be
"party makers." Your
Builder's Directory can
furnish an adequate list
of defendents and matches
can be obtained from the
Homecoming Display
Committee.
Muni's the Word
Homecoming mums may
be purchased from any
member of Mortar Board
for $1. The sales end next
Wednesday. Mums will be
distributed to campus resi
dences and the Student Un
ion on Homecoming morn
ing. S3W "O" ST.
Lawk For Tht Goldea Archst
Furs Beef Homburgr. , 15c
Tasty Cheeseburger ...19c
Triple-Thick Shakes . . .20c
Golden French Fries ...10c
Thirst-Quenching Coke. 10c
Delightful tec Beer ..10c
Steaming Hot Coffee . .10c
Delicious Orange Drink. 10c
Refreshing Cold Milk ..12c
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Adm. $1 o.
Saturday, Oct. 28
JOHNNY JAY Orchestra
plus New Attractions:
Don Anderson Dancers
(Kids 7-J3 perform)
. Free Dance instruction
By Don of Don' School of Dancing
8:15 p.m. Th Week Cha-Cho-Cha
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PffilS: 2 Deeen Stereophonic 4-cpeed
hi fidelity onole phonographs,
RULES; l. Contest open to students only.
2- Save empty packages of Marlboro,
Parliament. Alpine and Philip Mor
ris. Turn In all package at the end
of the contest.
S. Cloinf date is December l,
WHO WSKJ: The top men', organised now and
the top 'women's organised house
saving the greatest number of
empty package.
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