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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 13. October 4, 1951


The article on this subject in a recent issue of Salient illustrated Marxist tactics in the sphere of culture. As Bryan Green pointed out it is the religion or duty of every Communist, pink or fellow traveller to many out his party's teachings—the party line. If that is involuted it can be followed on the principle that the end justifies the means. Distortion, quoting out of context and deriding things western while praising under different names their Eastern counterparts becomes praise-worthy.

Here the party line is: Western culture under the control of the U.S.A. is decadent; whereas the Soviet type culture in adapted to society and is thus immeasurably superior.

To argue for this official view N.G. begins by quoting with approval Edwin Muir: "It is good that there should be 'poetry for the people,' but there is another side to it. When Mr. Masefield proposed making use of the country public house for verse speaking and reading of prose and thus encouraging a wider appreciation of our langauge and literature in its highest forms. Mr. Eliot was disconcerted by this proposal...for if the public house is to fall into the hands of the English Association and the British Drama League, where, one must ask bluntly is a man to go for a beer?"