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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 22. 1973

Don's Dogma

Don's Dogma

Dear Companions in Crime,

I suppose I'd better apologise to Alan Coulston for "destroying a beautiful ideal in the eyes of the people". That is, if a simple cartoon of a yank loving piano player can actually accomplish such a heinous act. I can't support Ashkenazy's views either Alan, in fact I actively oppose them. To keep silent in the face of a homage to imperialism just because an apologist for Western decadence can play the piano "en- thrallingly" and has been given a hard time in a revisionist country is mere sentimentality. And my fellow traveller doesn't substantiate with any examples his charge that I'm a rigid dogmatist. I try not to be dogmatic in my own "twisted" way, although I'll certainly admit to the odd blue here and there. Dogmatism is a tendency to be watched for and corrected, but as the Chairman said once "It is better to be a dogmatist than a revisionist." I would submit that it's also better to be dogmatic than to represent the USA as an admirable country.

Yours flexibly,

Don Franks.