Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 6. June 3rd, 1948
Sir,—Got to hand it to your correspondent J. F. Little. A great sportsman. Never pinch another man's ideas is his firm rule. So when he decides to take you to task for your editorial "He Jests at Scars" he brings into play all the emotional sewer-sweepings that have lately endeared to our hearts both the daily Press and V.U.C. pamphleteers.
Take another look at that last paragraph. "Men are born to be free: freedom of speech, freedom from want and fear will win against the tyrannical hordes of Soviet aggression." Mr. Little strikes a most profound and original note. What the police do to Queensland and Wall Street strikers is nobody's business; after all, the police are as free as anyone else to do what they like.
A great crowd, the anti-Reds. I've given some thought to forming an Amalgamated Society of Worn-out Newspaper Correspondents (ASWONC) and affiliating it with the Anti-Red Brotherhood (ARB). Verily, let us fight these Reds on the golf-courses, in the cocktail bars and at the cabarets; let us never surrender till the last Red throat is cut. One thing about our society, like all these anti-Red mushroom growths of 1948, it would never wilt through lack of finance. No doubt Mr. Little could secure for us a cut off the Marshall Plan.
Good job callous communists like Salient's editorial writer have humane capitalist governments to teach them "respect for the individual." Nothing like a bit of stimulating criticism from "individuals" now and then to keep the correspondence column lively.
It seems Mr. Little is deeply impressed by Mr. Marshall's benevolence. As soon as Senate gives the green light to this popular warrior's scheme to reassure atom-jittery Yanks, presumably any objections by Englishmen, Italians, Frenchmen, etc. will be overruled. Anyway, as long as Mr. Little is satisfied we can't be worried.
[Correction please. The "editorial writer" referred to is not a Communist.—Ed.]