Letters, Apr. 14, 1947

Communism & Chaos


Former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy's suggestion [TIME, March 24] that we permit Communism to spread throughout Europe is ridiculous. . . .

Communism is more than an economic theory to be tried and found wanting. It is an insidious and contagious disease of the mind as well, and fattens on chaos and internal disorder.

One does not permit a brush fire to destroy a forest if a little digging will correct its spread.

Communism can and must be halted by offering to the oppressed masses of Europe and elsewhere ... a positive program of economic and social assistance. Obviously Kennedy and his...

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