Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 9. 1965.
Fried Red Snowballs — John Birch In Dunedin
Fried Red Snowballs
John Birch In Dunedin
The American public has been served sugar-coated snowballs by its leaders for the last 25 years.
This is one of the more interesting claims made in a pamphlet issued by New Zealand's new ultra-right organisation, Co-Resistance.
"General Eisenhower's buddy, Russian general Zhukov, said 'Co-existence is as nonsensical as fried snowballs,'" the pamphlet says, and then goes on to make the statement quoted above.
The Co-Resistance movement has its headquarters in Dunedin, and first came to prominence earlier this year.
It sent some of its literature to an Otago University staff-member who had an unjustified reputation of being a Communist. Fifty-odd students descended on the next meeting of Co-Resistance.
"It was rather funny, really," one of the students involved later told Salient. Only four Co-Resistance people attended the meeting, and were swamped by the huge majority of students.
The Co-Resistance pamphlet was sent to Salient by one J. A. Cameron, whom more thorough readers may remember has indulged in a long correspondence with Salient since an article linking a Social Credit group and the John Birch Society earlier this year.
It is not clear whether Mr. Cameron agrees or disagrees with the pamphlet. Interestingly, it includes an offer of the "No Co-existence" booklet which prompted the initial Social Credit article, and subscriptions to the "Social Crediter"—from which the pamphlet came.
"What am I upset about?" Co-Resistance's pamphlet asks. "Just a few years ago when Karl Marx died, only eight people attended his funeral. Most of our State Department people were too young to go. All the Communists have to do is keep doing the things they have been doing, and all we have to do is keep on doing the same things we have been doing, and their timetable calls for taking us over from within, by 1973."
"I don't think that these views could be taken as representative of more than a quarter of one per cent of Americans," Peter Blizard commented to Salient.
Just back from the United States, Mr. Blizard took an especial interest in the beliefs of organisations such as the Ku Klux Klan and the John Birch Society and their influence in America.
The pamphlet offers such books as "The Politician," by Robert Welch (which proves that Eisenhower was a Communist) and "The Blue Book of the John Birch Society" (which proves that most other people are, too), at £1 each posted.
More significent is its explicit endorsement of a new Australian weekly news magazine, the Australian International News Review. This magazine, which has been in business for about two months now, early aroused the anger of Sydney University students.
Sydney University's Concessions Director wrote asking for student concessions. The magazine deleted the reference to concessions, and printed the letter as an endorsement.
News Review has so far expounded a policy of white supremicism and nuclear armament.