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Double Game of French Socialism
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On December 9, 1981, a striking six-page public interest advertisement appeared in the Washington Post and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the first two in a series of such publications to appear throughout the West. In the advertisements, the Societies for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) jointly addressed the public of their respective nations in a Message entitled "What Does Self-Managing Socialism Mean for Communism: A Barrier? Or a Bridgehead?" The Message was written by Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, the founder and president of the Brazilian TFP. It exposes Francois Mitterrand's program of self-managing socialism and its ambitious designs for the West.
The Message was subsequently published in other leading newspapers in 18 countries of the Free World, bringing the total number of papers in which it appeared up to 44. To date, it has been published in the following countries: the United States, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Germany, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The scope of the campaign against self-managing socialism was extended when a one page summary of the Message was published in six of South Africa's major newspapers. Later, an advertisement summarizing the Message and its world-wide repercussions was published in three papers in Germany, two in Ireland, one in Austria, two in Australia, two in New Zealand, one in Costa Rica, and one in the Philippines.
The amount of correspondence the TFP centers and bureaus have received is astounding, with thousands of letters and coupons requesting copies of the work to distribute to relatives, friends, libraries and universities. The majority of people expressed enthusiastic support for the campaign, while the very few who showed disagreement sometimes couched it in insulting terms and almost always remained anonymous.
We can say that socialism, recently proud of the promotion it had been receiving abroad and its successes in many countries, has now taken a discreet and reserved attitude. Something has changed in the politico-ideological scene of the whole West.
Since French self-managing socialism boasted of being democratic and open-minded in politics, the Message published without the slightest difficulty in the democratic press of the whole West should have encountered no obstacle in the major French newspapers of the center and right. But when the thirteen TFPs contacted the six largest Parisian dailies they received dry and inexplicable refusals. Of these papers, one of the most important that had signed a contract to publish the document broke it abruptly soon afterwards. The unanimous conduct of these papers is all the more inexplicable since the Message is a very large paid advertisement that no publishing company would normally refuse.
With the publication in France thus prevented, the thirteen TFPs had to content themselves with a mass mailing of 300,000 copies of the Message all over the country. This drew a large and enthusiastic response and, according to many observers, played an important role in enlightening French public opinion. There followed the significant defeat of the socialist-communist coalition in the recent regional elections.
The refusals to publish the Message gave rise to the Communiqué entitled "France: The Fist Crushes the Rose," also by Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira. Published in 23 papers of 11 countries, it denounced to world public opinion the presumable interference of the French socialist government in the strange and despotic curtailment of the TFPs' freedom of speech.
The Communiqué pointed out that since a socialist government can deprive any company owner of his rights, reduce him to a mere worker, and even expel him from his own company, the newspaper-owner's independence from the government is only an illusion. This finding has a far-reaching scope: Except for the promise of freedom, all that is left to the self-managing regime is its similarity to communism.
Brazil: Folha de Sâo Paulo; Ultima Hora (Rio Janeiro), A Tarde (Salvador), Estado de Minas (Belo Horizonte), Jornal do Commercio (Recife), O Estado do Parana (Curitiba), O Popular (Goiania) and Jornal de Santa Catarina (Blumenau);
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