Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938
The "Soviet Worker"
The "Soviet Worker"
|1.||Smith starts his book by telling us how he was victimised by capitalist employers; he goes to U.S.S.R. and tells the Russians how kind and noble are capitalists.|
|2.||As far as I can gather. Smith's housemaid worked 48 hours per day.|
|3.||Smith mentions that the price of bread was 1.75 roubles per kopeck, and fifty pages further over gives an official price list of food with bread at I rouble per kopeck.|
|4.||He dramatically describes how at a Soviet tribunal, he threw down the party book he got on joining the Communist party In 1919; at the end of the book he publishes a photograph of an American testimonial stating that since he Joined the party in 1922 he has . . .|
|5.||He states that foreigners were prevented from leaving U.S.S.R., and later describes how he travelled by train across the border to Lithuania to renew his passport.|
|1.||Smith is unbiassed. (Of course that is why he his written a book more imaginative than Grimm's Fairy Tales.)|
|2.||The book is written with insight.|
First. R.W.B. has not proved that Smith is unbiassed. A turncoat will excel all others In abusing what he has left. Smith is obviously making money on royalties, etc., and perhaps Is drawing a reward from his noble capitalist friends for writing the book. The number of untruthful statements is a final "damning exposure" of the biassed nature of the book.
Secondly, If Smith is biassed, his insight is worth nothing.
I should like to make it clear that, although condemning Smith's book. I am not necessarily supporting Communism. Smith could have found much wrong with the system without writing the drivel he did.
|1.||Of Smith himself;|
|2.||Of the methods employed by the cabitalist class and countries to discredit anyone who is trying to help the under-dog.|
P.S.—I see that, like a true Nationalist - 1st- United - Reform - Coalition - Tory. R.W.R. professed not to know that Communism and Socialism are as alike as Marx and Mussolini.