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Jail or Asylum for Me Suggests "Liberal" Mondale 43

own children go to private schools) destroy the public schools with their
economies, when thousands of contractors would be willing to put up
new buildings and thousands of unemployed teachers would gladly teach
your 'gutter' children you who complain are trouble makers, un-
American !

"You and I know, Frank, that the 'gutter' people of New York and
New England made the rulers of Cincinnati and Cleveland; that the
'gutter' people of Europe and Ohio made the rulers of present day Chi-
cago; that the 'gutter' people of Indiana and Illinois made the pioneers
of the great West. But Frank, now there is no West where you can
show the world the fight there is in you; now you must not complain,
you must not demonstrate, you must not strike to do so would be to
disturb the peace and be un-American. You stay where you are in
the gutter.

"But Frank, I have been a 'gutter' person myself. I know that you
have the intelligence not to be fooled for long by the lies of the insulting
'patriots' and their schools and their newspapers.

"Your fellow workers in Germany were not fooled. They saw the
German patriots grinding the life out of the working men at a time when
their country was over-flowing with milk and honey, and they organized.
In Germany the respectable people, such as insult you in this country,
became afraid that the working man would get justice, that the working
man would seize the factories in which he worked and use them for all
the people, rather than for the respectable patriotic few, the owners.
Today, the German relatives of those American women who insult you,
are making their last desperate stand under the leadership of that mad-
man and enemy of the worker, Hitler. They are making one last desperate
stand to keep the working man in the gutter. The German workers need
your help. If you can help the German working man today, help to over-
throw Hitler Fascism, then, when the time comes for you to get justice
in this country, they will stand ready to help you.

"The day is coming, Frank, when those who insult honest working
men will be cast into prison or into the hospitals for the insane. And you,
Frank, are the one to set the date.

"Very Sincerely yours,

Since I too may be besieged by Red Workers asking my help and advice,
I now take this opportunity to answer a Red who may write to me:

Dear Red Worker:

You ask me why Rev. puts on such a show of sympathy for

the Communist cause and of hatred for its enemies while at the same time
he himself does not come out and stand by your side as an avowed comrade?
You want to know why he calls himself a "Liberal" instead of a Communist?

I will explain this to you, Red. You see Rev. has a much better

education than you have and he likes North Shore bourgeois comforts, the
title of "Rev.," an income from capitalistic sources, and he does not want
to lose these nor to risk his head in Red demonstrations, nor to spend his

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time in smelly jails with you. Don't you see how much safer it is for him
to peek out from behind the skirts of respectability, to sic you on to do the
dirty work? In that way he gets the thrill without paying the bill.

After the Revolution is over, of course, I shan't blame you, Red, if you
do with his kind just what your brothers in Russia did after their Revolution.
They made truces with some of their outright Czarist enemies but they
cleaned out as so much bourgeois trash the yellow little professors and min-
isters who had tried to play both sides and were true to neither, especially
when it came to making sacrifices. This was right. One cannot depend on
a man who is not loyal to his colors be they Red or White.

Mike Gold has the right idea. In his communist Daily Worker column,
Oct. 24, 1933, he says of these arm-chair warriors:

"One of the basic dangers has been that these intellectuals come into
the movement bringing a great deal of worthless bourgeois baggage in their
minds and trying to sell this junk to the movement. They sometimes demand
positions of leadership, and try to revise and pervert the proletarian char-
acter of the Communist movement. . . . One of the most amazing sights to me
has been to watch some of the recent recruits to Marxism around New York.
Their progress is sometimes as rapid and humorous as that of an old Key-
stone comedy. On May 1 they suddenly discover the proletarian revolution.
It had been present in the world for over 60 years but the boys shout and
whoop as though they were original Columbuses. ... By the next May Day
these heroes have been completely disillusioned. Now they have a whole
new program for Communism and they share the 'betrayed' feeling of a
Trotsky. Really it is no wonder intellectuals get a bad name. The worker
earns his Communism and the right to make mistakes by hard and dangerous
experience. Do these intellectuals really EARN their right to criticize? They
know nothing, actually nothing, of the revolutionary practise. It is all in
their heads."

The next day he took another crack at them, saying: "the truth for
which one is ready to die or (more dreadful) the truth for which one is ready
to go ragged and poor . . . this really is the Integrity that the vacillating Stuart
Chases cannot permit themselves to see or announce. This is the true luxury
of integrity the guts to speak out and say 'Capitalism is dead, Long live
Communism I' '

One cannot dispute Rev. 's statement that he belongs in the

gutter ; but if I felt about Communism as he says he feels, I would quit ped-
dling the "opium" of religion, as Marx calls it, from a bourgeois North Shore
pulpit and call myself a Communist not a "Liberal."

But wasn't it kinda cute and deteckatif-like for him to find out all by
himself that a big strong man is seen with me "more often than not?" Of
course he only infers you know. Wouldn't he be surprised if he could see
the door close on that man and me night after night when he brings me home?
He has stayed with me for fifteen years, and, while law and engineering are
supposed to be his professions, still he does break spinach-eating and neck-
washing "strikes" on the part of our children.

Like the rotten bourgeois that I am, I bear his name. But what's in a
name when one is facing at best the penitentiary or asylum as I am?

Who Are They? Gandhi 45

On the door of the A. C. L. IT. Chicago hdqts., Room 611, 160 N. La Salle

St., of which Rev. and Carl Haessler are both members is

printed "Institute for Mortuary Research, The Director, Carl Haessler, Fed-
erated Press," etc. Do you not see the connection, Red? While Haessler
capably runs the communists' Federated Press and teaches leaders for Red

revolution at the communist Workers School, his and Rev. 's

A. C. L. U. committee in his office defend his pupils when they participate in
little riot practise skirmishes. But with the Institute for Mortuary Research
under the same capable Haessler direction, how can people like me have
hope of the asylum or penitentiary after the Revolution?

Yours until I clasp a White's lily,



Those who read newspapers these days without some knowledge of Red
propaganda and its propagandists miss much of the significance of what they
read. Lectures, forums and debates, advertised in such a way as to make it
appear they are impartial educational entertainments of general public
interest, are the mediums constantly used for subversive propaganda among
the intelligentsia.

Stuart Chase, when he lectured before the society Town Hall audiences
was advertised as an "economist" and author, not as a Socialist propagandist
and former associate of the Berkman anarchist gang. Scott Nearing, the
Communist mouthpiece of Moscow, is also referred to in the press as a lec-
turer and "economist." In the press notices announcing Horace Bridges as
the speaker for a North Shore audience, his connection with the Ethical
Society was emphasized, but no mention made of his connection with the
Communist-aiding American Civil Liberties Union. He is on the Chicago
Committee which has been pushing suits against the City of Melrose Park
because its police, when attacked and defied by Communist rioters, were
forced to uphold law and order and use guns. If these suits are successful,
no one will be safe, for naturally the police will not dare to interfere with
Communist agitators.


Vithalbhai J. Patel, speaker at the Wilmette Sunday Evening Club and
Union League Club of Chicago last year was the Gandhi aid released from
jail and "welcomed out" of India. He was the house guest while in Chicago,
of Herbert J. Friedmann, who is on the executive board of the Chicago Civil
Liberties Committee. Patel was listed in the Communist Moscow News of
August 30, 1932, as the delegate for India to the Communist "World Con-
gress Against War" which convened in Amsterdam in August, 1932.

"The Surrender of an Empire" (by Nesta Webster, published by Boswell,
London), in writing about Gandhi's Moscow-financed agitations in India,
has bits like this: "In 1928, the Bardoli No-Tax Campaign was carried
out by Vithalbhai Patel. This agitation, though ostensibly industrial, was
directly inspired by Communist agents. . . . Meanwhile money had been sent

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continually from Moscow to the strike leaders. In May it was publicly
announced that 1575 had been sent. ... In August a sum of 5500 ... on
September 5, 1000 from Moscow. 'The Statesman' confessed itself puzzled
as to the policy of the British government in allowing Soviet Russia to remit
these sums through British banks in order to foment agitation. ... In March,
Pravda (Moscow official paper) had declared that the battles in India 'are
now part of the World Revolution, led, organized and watched over by the
Communist International ... in July it devoted eight columns to an analysis
of the position in India, showing that Moscow was not only heavily sub-
sidizing the revolutionary movement there, but maintaining its own spies
and agents, and again admitting that it was out to destroy British power in
India." (The British government sent an appeal to the Indian people say-
ing the government and Viceroy were in entire accord with Indian desire
for self-government. Gandhi, Nationalist leader, replied demanding a con-
ference.) "The violent elements in the Nationalist camp replied more for-
cibly by placing a bomb on the rails outside Delhi, with the object of blow-
ing up the Viceroy's train, which was carrying him, on December 23rd, to
a meeting with Gandhi and other Nationalist leaders. The plot, however,
failed in its effect . . . (1930) Savage rioting broke out in Calcutta; a raid,
accompanied by the murder of British officials and every form of violence,
was made on the armories of Chittagong ; loyal Indian police were massacred
and burned by brutal mobs at Sholapur; the Afridis descended from the
hills and Peshawar burst into flame. As Gandhi peacefully observed to the
'Times' correspondent 'Non-violent and violent movements always go hand
in hand.'

"Then and then only, when India was in a blaze from end to end, the
Viceroy took alarm and resolved on firmer action. ... On May 5 Gandhi was
arrested. His successors to the leadership, the aged Abbas Tyabji and Mrs.
Naidu, then the Pandit Motilal Nehru and Vithalbhai Patel followed him
into imprisonment later."

Glenn Frank

When a radical forum wrote a local paper asking that in its columns
"particular attention" be given to Glenn Frank, their lecturer to be, the
paper asked me to write this publicity and published the following (Oct. 28,
1932), which complied with the letter if not the spirit of the request.

Those who have paid "particular attention" to the Red movement know
that Glenn Frank, president of the U. of Wis., is on the Mooney-Billings
Committee organized by the American Civil Liberties Union, which fights for
Communists and upon whose national board sit such Moscow-controlled
Communists as William Z. Foster, Scott Nearing, and Robert W. Dunn. They
know also of the exposures made by John B. Chappie, fiery Wisconsin editor,
whose revelations showing the connections between radicalism and atheism
at Wisconsin University and Communism-Socialism-La Folletteism resulted
in such an uprising at the last election that for the first time in forty years
the La Follette dynasty was overthrown. The Wisconsin voters registered
their unwillingness to surrender to the threefold Red onslaught against (1)

Who Are They? Glenn Frank 47

the right to own property, (2) the American home and Christian moral
standards, (3) the American form of government.

Harry Elmer Barnes, who said "There is no such thing as sin, scientifi-
cally speaking, and hence it disappears into the limbo of outworn super-
stitions. The Bible deserves no reverential awe," etc., founded the Wisconsin
American Civil Liberties Union chapter with headquarters at the University.
Governor La Follette, and Prof. Meiklejohn, head of the Wisconsin Uni-
versity Experimental College, are committee members. Meiklejohn's pupils
on the Communist Labor Day, May 1, 1931, were flying the Red flag and
singing the Internationale without known protest from him. One of his pupils,
Fred Bassett Blair, now running for governor on the Communist ticket, was
sentenced to serve a year for rioting in Milwaukee. Meiklejohn worked
diligently to have him released. Governor La Follette pardoned and released
him before his term expired.

Bill Haywood House, named in honor of the Anarchist-Communist and
occupied by radical students, a large proportion being self-professed Com-
munists, has been situated on University property. A large photo of Lenin,
sent from Russia, decorated the walls. (U. P. Dispatch.)

The Wisconsin University Zona Gale Scholarship was awarded to a young
Communist, David Goronefsky, alias Gordon. He led a Communist parade
at Madison which resulted in the injury of two persons. He wrote an obscene
poem against the United States, printed in the communist Daily Worker,
which was so vile that he was sentenced to serve three years in the New
York State Reformatory. Zona Gale, one of the Wisconsin University
Regents wrote the New York Parole Board begging for Gordon's early release
saying in part (U. of Wis. Cardinal, May 8, 1928): "I am interested in the
future of David Gordon. Mr. Gordon was the winner of a scholarship in
competition with many other applicants, a scholarship which he held at the
time of his conviction for an offense committed before he entered the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin. As the donor of this scholarship I want you to know
that with the approval of the president the scholarship will continue to
belong to Mr. Gordon upon his release from the reformatory."

In a notorious case involving student immorality at Wisconsin University,
Prof. William Ellery Leonard defended the actions of the immoral students
in a long letter to President Frank, saying their actions were "founded on
the decent instincts of human nature." Dean Nardin in upholding marriage
and morality stated: "Prof. Leonard is an advocate of free love and a con-
tributing force to unsanctified marriage." President Frank was evasive. It
was noted, however, that after notoriety died down somewhat, Dean Nardin
was discharged while Prof. Leonard continued to hold his position. (See
Chappie's "La Follette-Socialism.")

Victor Berger, the Milwaukee Socialist, in a speech before a radical group,
said: "The ballot box is simply a humbug. Now I don't doubt that in the
last analysis we must shoot, and when it comes to shooting Wisconsin will
be there." He advised radicals to have good rifles and the necessary ammu-
nition. He died before his dreams materialized. This announcement appeared
in the Chicago Daily News (March 20, 1931): "The Victor Berger Foun-

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dation is preparing to launch a drive next month for a $100,000 fund as a
nucleus for a national chain of daily newspapers 'for the promulgation of
liberal thought and public welfare.' Prof. John Dewey of Columbia Uni-
versity is one of the leaders of the foundation. Associated with him are Clar-
ence Darrow, Jane Addams, President Glenn Frank of the University of
Wisconsin, Upton Sinclair, and Elizabeth Gilman of Baltimore."

The Communist Daily Worker looked with such approval upon Maurice
Hindus' book about Russia, "Broken Earth," that they ran it serially. John
Dewey wrote the introduction to Hindus' next book. Hindus dedicated his
last book about Russia to Glenn Frank.

Harry Ward, A. C. L. U. leader, with Harry Elmer Barnes and Sherwood
Eddy, sent a demand to the United States War Department that the ban on
the Communist party in the Philippines be lifted. This was after 300 Com-
munists had been arrested charged with sedition. One month after this, at
the commencement exercises, President Frank bestowed an honorary degree
upon Harry Ward saying: "As chairman of the American Civil Liberties
Union you have valiantly defended those basic rights of free speech, free
press, and free association, without which neither scientific advance nor
social progress is possible."

A short time after this the New York Times (August 22, 1931) reported:
"The American Civil Liberties Union announced yesterday it had cabled
$500 to the Philippines to aid the legal defense of Communists indicted there
for sedition." The next spring (May 19, 1932) a New York Times report
on rioting, revolt and arson in the Philippines said: "Fourteen Communists,
free on appeal and assisted by the American Civil Liberties Union, are
declared to be leading general agitation."

Prof. Max Otto, well known for his atheistic ideas, is prominent at Wis-
consin University. His picture appeared in a periodical with the heading:
"Is there a God?" and below this: "Max Otto says NO."

One who has paid "particular attention" to Glenn Frank is not surprised
that he thought it necessary to announce publicly that he is not a Com-
munist, and that he believes in the existence of a God. The Chicago Tribune
commented editorially upon this announcement.


One of the best press-agented men in the world is Albert Einstein, who
dares to tell the smart professors that his Relativity theory is so far beyond
their intelligence that they cannot understand it and gets away it! They
know, sure enough, that they cannot understand it but evidently figure that
the best thing to do is to keep quiet and leave him undisturbed on his self-
erected scientific throne, lest perchance his theory might be found to have
some basis some day, in which event they would be classed as ignoramuses
for having doubted it in the first place.

Fellow workers in the Red movement are glad, of course, to magnify Ein-
stein's importance in order to point out with pride that the greatest most
un-understandable scientist in the world is one of their number.

But no publicity for some reason is given to those sober courageous

Who Are They? Einstein 49

scientific authorities who with proof deride Einstein's theory. Dr. Nikola
Tesla takes sharp issue with Einstein, saying: "The Einstein theory in many
respects is erroneous." Charles Lane Poor, Ph. D., Professor of Celestial
Mechanics at Columbia University, states: "The supposed astronomical
proofs of the theory as cited and claimed by Einstein do not exist." Prof.
Thomas Jefferson See, a distinguished scientific authority, says: "Einstein
is neither astronomer, mathematician nor physicist. He is a confusionist. The
Einstein theory is a fallacy. The theory that ether does not exist, and that
gravity is not a force but a property of space can only be described as a
crazy vagary, a disgrace to our age." Prof. Dayton C. Miller lectured before
the Western Society of Engineers on his experiments in complete refutation
of the Einstein theory.

Perhaps the most exhaustive treatise on the Einstein theories is the volume
entitled "The Case Against Einstein," written by Dr. Arthur Lynch, a very
eminent English scientist. While much of this treatise is a technical analysis
of the mathematical and philosophical fallacies of Einsteinism from a scien-
tific standpoint, part of it is of interest to the layman. Dr. Lynch cites such
critics of Einstein as the noted mathematicians, M. Picard, Henry Poincare,
"perhaps the most celebrated of his race since Cauchy," G. Darboux, "who
received the Nobel prize for mathematics," M. Paul Painleve, LeRoux, the
German Klein, the Italians Ricci and Levi Civita, "who have done most to
develop the mathematical instrument used by the Relativists" and who
reject Relativity, and the American "framers of the case which is the corner
stone of the theory, the Michelson-Morley experiment. Michelson rejected
the Relativist theory."

Dr. Lynch analyzes Einstein's popular vogue and says: "Yet as I cast
my eye over the whole course of science I behold instances of false science,
even more pretentious and popular than that of Einstein gradually fading
into ineptitude under the searchlight; and I have no doubt that there will
arise a new generation who will look with a wonder and amazement, deeper
than now accompany Einstein, at our galaxy of thinkers, men of science,
popular critics, authoritative professors and witty dramatists, who have been
satisfied to waive their common sense in view of Einstein's absurdities."

Personally I shall not forget the merry evening my husband and I spent
at a University round table lecture devoted to the Einstein theory. As our
instructor diagrammed space-time as a circle and visioned us meeting our-
selves as infants again coming around the circle of time, and demonstrated
the speed of a locomotive and its beams of light in accordance with relativity
and in contradiction to all accepted mathematical rules, we all, including
the instructor who admitted he could not understand it himself, howled with
glee. We felt as though we had spent an evening in a mental madhouse.

While I am unable to understand the scientific value of the Relativity
theory, I can understand the "relativity" of Einstein to his daughter. who
married a Russian and lived in Russia following her marriage. I can also
see the "relativity" of the atheist book he endorses and of the "Down with
War, Up with Revolution" pacifism of the War Resisters International, of
which he is a leader, to the communist Congress at Moscow, which he attended
(he appears in a photograph published by the Better America Federation),

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and the relativity of the communist Workers International Relief, which he
sponsors, the communist Congresses against War and in favor of Red revo-
lution (see his "Who's Who"), which he has helped to assemble, and the
communist International Committee for Struggle Against War, upon which
he serves (1933) with Maxim Gorki, Remain Rolland, Henri Barbusse, etc.,
Moscow's world leaders for bloody Communist revolution. Atheism, pacifism
for capitalist countries, and militarism for Russia are Communist principles.

The League of Nations Chronicle, published in Chicago, March 1931,
reporting Einstein's address to 400 "peace" advocates in Chicago said: "No
one mentioned relativity. . . . Militant opposition to militarism was his key-
note. ... 'It is my conviction that the only way is actual refusal of military
service/ he said. . . . 'What I propose is illegal, but whenever a government
demands criminal actions from its citizens, they have a very real right to
oppose it and we must uphold them.' "

In his speech to the War Resisters conference at Lyon, France, he not
only urged defiance of the government authority which requires citizens to
bear arms in defense of their government, but also said: "I have authorized
the establishment of the Einstein War Resisters Fund. Contributions should
be sent to the treasurer of the W. R. I., 11 Abbey Road, Enfield, Middlesex,
England." This fund is for the defense of "militant war resisters."

"The Patriot" of London, Nov. 30, 1933, said: "It is reported from
Berlin that the entire seized property of Prof. Einstein and his wife has been
confiscated under the law regulating the seizure of property of Communists."

When Hitler started his campaign against Communists and Einstein's
Jewish relatives, Einstein demonstrated his "relativity" theory in a perfectly
understandable way by reversing his "pacifist" position and urging Belgian
war resisters to go to war against Germany.

When the Woman Patriot Society tried in 1932 to bar Einstein from
entering the United States, the whole company of Red intellectuals rose up

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