Consultation with Edward Hunter, Author and Foreign Correspondent, COMMITTEE ON UN-AMERICAN ACTIVITIES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
ìI have been watching developments under communism in other parts of the world, and now I see exactly the same developments here in America.î
These developments, he continued, include, first of all, the penetration of our leadership circles by a softening up and creating a defeatist state of mind. This includes penetration of our educational circles by a similar state of mind, in addition to one other thing the long-range perspective of the professor who is above anything that is happening here and now, and considers himself as an objective spectator in a long, long vista of history.
[ Compare: “Philosophy professors, or so at least Bernard Williams seems to think, have techniques to stand outside history and judge truth.” Arts and Letters daily comment on this article]
ìI see, primarily, as part of this softening up process in America, the liquidation of our attitudes on what we used to recognize as right and wrong, what we used to accept as absolute moral standards. We now confuse moral standards with the sophistication of dialectical materialism, with a Communist crackpot Communist crackpot theology which teaches that everything changes, and that what is right or wrong, good or bad, changes as well. So nothing they say is really good or bad. There is no such thing as truth or a lie; and any belief we actually held was simply your being unsophisticated. They donít say this in so many words, except to those who are already indoctrinated in communism.
ìWhat they do say to the rest of us is to be objective; and then they twist that word ëobjectiveí into meaning what they mean by dialectical materialism.î
ìWar has changed its form,î Mr. Hunter declared. ìTheCommunists have discovered that a man killed by a bullet is useless. He can dig no coal. They have discovered that a demolished city is useless. Its mills produce no cloth. The objective of Communist warfare is to capture intact the minds of the people and their possessions, so they can be put to use. This is the modern conception of slavery that puts all the others in the kindergarten age.