TITLE

Moscow and Emporia

AUTHOR(S)
White, William Allen
PUB. DATE
November 1954
SOURCE
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p83
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the author's experience of his visit to the Soviet Union. I had a curious official contact with Russia. Every one of my 12,000 neighbors will have meat for dinner. Five or six hundred people here, in addition to this 12,000, are living either on relief and out of work or in the dread of loss of employment. Organized social sympathy feeds, houses and clothes the two or three hundred out of work and in actual need, not well, but decently. This comfort and luxury has created a standard of living in the American democracy far higher than Russia may hope for with all possible luck for a decade or two, which is no reflection on the Russians. They should not be scorned. But what I have been wondering, writing here on this porch in a comfortable, well-housed, well-fed country town, is how Emporia, taken as a fair sample of the American people, could get so excited about any threat or shock to our American economic and political experiment--that is, any shock actually short of revolution or invasion.
ACCESSION #
14521682

 

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