National Affairs: Puff of DDT

Before plunging into the Deep South, Henry Wallace had given some deep thought to the Communists in his party. He was worried about Rexford Tugwell's threatened defection (TIME, Aug. 30). After four days of consultation with his advisers, he concocted a statement which he hoped would pacify Tugwell without offending his Communist supporters. It was a masterpiece of artless dodging.

Wallace declared that 1) the Progressive Party is not controlled by Communists; 2) Communism and Wallace's so-called "progressive capitalism" have many common social objectives, and he welcomed "the support of those who believed in such objectives"; 3) he would "never tolerate those...

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