Foreign News: KING LION MEETS HIS CRITICS

A Communist Fable

IN Communist countries, home truths are best disguised as fiction. The following remarkable fable, written by Czech Author Jiri Marek, appeared recently in the Prague Communist weekly Literarni Noviny.

IN the kingdom ruled by King Lion much has recently been said about opening the door for criticism. This is disconcerting—not for those who criticize (they for the most part are irresponsible creatures), but for the responsible officials. Open the door—why not? But who will have the strength to slam it when the time comes?

For this reason King Lion thought deeply and (with due regard to what is possible) gave an...

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