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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE UTHBR1DGE HERAID Wedneiday, 6, China's working class gets break Written for Tlie Associated li res s By BARDAUA W. TUCHMAN "in a country where misery ani waul were Hie foundation of the social structure, fam- ine was periodic, death from starvation common, disease pervasive, thievery normal, and graft and corruption taken for granted, the elimi- nation of these conditions in China is so striking that negative aspects of the new rule fade in relative impor- tance. The dominant fact Is that for China's working class, which is to say over 80 per cent of the world's most pop- ulous the lid of ex- ploitation has been lifted. While visible betterment varies widely between the major cities and the prov- inces, it is probably true to say of all areas that the working class have found a sense of purpose, self-con- fidence, and dignity in the knowledge that they are the object of the state's concern, not, as in the past, society's victims. The most obvious negative In the process is the mental monotone imposed upon the country. All tliought, all ideas past, present and future, not to mention the liistoric record, are twisted, manipu- lated, rolled out and flattened into one, expressed ii> half .a dozen slogans dinned in- cessantly and insistently into the heads o: tho public. As far as the life of the mind in Ciiina is concerned, its scope has rigid limits and its sound is a blaring, end- lessly repeated cingle note, with effect, at least upon a Westerner, like the drip, drip, drip on the victim's head of the ancient Clunese water torture. The message is that "the People" are the motive force; that Marxism-Leninism is ur.iverseal truth, and that propelled by its principles and Chairman Mao's thought Churn's working class can ul- timately build socialism, meaning well-being for every- They get strangest calls at tlie strangest hours OTTAWA (CP) There Is a bookkeeper, a civil engi- neer and. a car salesman in Ottawa that sometimes wish they had never heard of Pierre Trudeau, Robert Stanfield and David Lewis... The reason: They have the same names as the three political party leaders and they get the strangest calls at the strangest hours. Pierre 'Trudeau, bookkeep- er, says he gets annoyed at 3 a.m. when a group of gig- gling party-goers decided to phone Pierre Trudeau, prime minister, for the-heck-of it. "I'm going to change the phone number to my wife's Mr. Tnideau said. It's not Margaret. Robert. Stanfield, civil en- gineer, says his calls are not the crank type. He has re- ceived unexpected greetings from as far away as Aus- tralia. David Lewis, car salesman, has had to take direct action. He changed, his name from David to Dave. It didn't help. He even got a telegram and Christmas cards addressed to David Lewis, federal NDP leader. Mr. Lewis finally called up the NDP leader and asked if he would have the designa- tion MP placed after his name in the telephone hook. Two. telephone books later tliis was done. "Mr. Lewis was very nice about the salesman said. "He offered to buy me a drink if we ever meet." one. The goal lies ahead and can only be reached by keep- ing the revolution green, that is, by continually renewed contact with ths masses. Domestically it seems to work. I say "seems" through- out these notes cautiously and advisedly because ignorance of the language Is a barrider equal to being deaf, A six- week visitor under this handi- cap can offer conclusions as impressions only. Perhaps, too, the transfer to collectivism, has been made easier because China's life was in some ways collec- tive to begin with. Consider the the built-in, wall- to-wall bed of north China on which, in the poorer homes, the whole family sleeps. With that in their background, col- lective adjustment is natural, not to say imperative. In any event, from what we could see through 11 cities and a variety of rural settle- ments, collective effort lias made up China's oldest food. Our recep- tion at an agricultural com- mune in central Sh.ar.fii in- cluded three or four heaping platters each of sliced to- matoes, fresh peaches and sweetened stuffed dumplings made of glutinous substance to make a Western stomach far greater abundance then was required by the company. AlBERTANS CONFER _ Ministers from Alberta, Can- ada, facing camera, confer with Japanese business lead- ers in Tokyo. From left, Canadians are A, W, Hohol, labor minister; W. D. Dickie, mines and minerals minister; H. M. Horner, agriculture minister; F. H. Peacock, trade and in- dustry minister; and R. W. Dowling, stale minister. A 40- member economic mission fed by Premier Peter laugheed of Alberta is in Tokyo on a nine-day visit to strengthen economic ties between Alberto and Japan. Japanese In photo are unidentified. New force rises in Argentina BUENOS AIRES CAP) ises conservative groups their Traditional politicians are as- tonished at the growth of a new rightist party that prom- 53rd Anniversary means: You can buy Elgin watches with all of these expensive features ,and it means you should visit a Peoples location today for more 53rd Anniversary values CENTRE VILLAGE MALL 13th St. and 2nd Ave. N. Open Daily 9 a.m. Jo 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. 1o 9 p.m. Telephone 327-1303 first chance in 30 years to re- gain the political initiative in Argentina. Inspired by Alvaro Also- garay, a former economics minister, the party appeared late last year, under the name New Force, with massive fin- ancial backing. It has flooded the country with radio, televi- sion and newspaper advertis- ing. A contagious jingle re- peats the slogan: "Argentines want goals. New Force will score them." Scenes of soccer players shooting toward a net accom- pany the .melody, in a sym- bolic call to Argentines to end years of political frustration. The party's series of cpncentrical red and white an invitation to hit the target. None of these devices pushes any ideological idea. New Force's program may be found in elegantly printed booklets of more restricted circulation. The program is basically aimed at curbing in- flation, avoiding salary in- creases beyond increases in productivity and drastically reducing state intervention in Die country's economic life. New Force describes itself as the only party still uncon- taminated by "statist and so- cialist trends." The current military gov- ernment says elections will be held in March. NEEDS CAPITAL New Force has promised to reduce public administration by 10 per cent and to turn all state-owned companies into private stockholding corpora- tions. New Force also claims to be the least prejudiced party re- garding foreign capital in a country where the campaign against "international and multinational monopolies" has always been a strong electoral theme. Emilio Hardoy, one of the party's top leaders, says: "We don't believe multina- tional monopolies are good nor do we believe they are Development fund revised BATHURST, N.B. (CP) revised fund for rural cconomi development agreement provid ing for the expenditure o nearly million in northeos New Brunswick during the nex four years was signed here ti day by Premier Richard Ha field and Regional Economi Expansion Minister Jea Marchand. The federal government w provide million and th provincial government, million, for a total expenditur of million in the area b the end of 1976. A joint statement issued both governments said the o Jective of the revised agree- ment would he to create tl greatest possible number permanent jobs and increa. Ihe employability of the labc force in the area. The original PRED agre ment for the province's nort east was signed in 1966. Mo Ihan million has been spent in the area under its program. The federal contribution un- der the revised plan will consist of million in grants and million in loans. vil. We simply and plainly elieve they are indispensa- le." The traditional parties, the eronislas and Civil Radicals, upport restrictions against oreign investment. New Force's financial sup- ort is puzzling. Two lawyers, followers of ormer president Juan D. eron, began legal action, rguing that New Force had iolaled legislation forbidding xililical groups to receive for- ign financial aid. MARGE DENIED The lawyers, Rodolfo Or- ega Pena and Luis Duhalde, ontended the party was basi- ally financed by Bunge y lorn, a giant cereal-exporting orporation founded here late ast century. It now is a for- ign company because most f its investments are abroad and its headquarters are hi Brussels, the lawyers said. Hardoy said the charge was 'absolutely unfounded" and added: "We only accept con- ributions from private citi- zens, who of course may also re businessmen." Asked to identify private contributors, he replied: 'Don't expect us to expose anyone to vengeance by the Montoneros." This referred to a guerrilla organization that kidnapped and murdered for- mer president Pedro E. Aramburu in 1970 and also killed Roberto Uzal, a New Force leader, earlier this year. THE MYTH THAT SEX IS EVERYTHING How important ia it for a inan or woman to bo "sen- What are the dangers of putting too much, em- phasis on Bex? Why does sexuality fit best into the lives of people who love each, other? Get the answers to these and other questions ia the September Reader's Digest. Find out if you hava the right attitude towards sex. Learn haw to avoid misusing sex and how to distinguish between "sex- iness" and true sexuality. sure to read SEX JSN'V EVERYTHING-ono.of 38 articles and features in tha September Reader's Digest. At your newsstand nowl NOTICE Carpel Mart it offering Fantastic on Wall to Wall Broadloom, Area Rugs and Remnants. NO DOWN PAYMENT ,RST PAYMENT ON OCT. i. 2. A. LEVEL LOOP NYLON RUBBER BACK B. SCULPTURED NYLON RUBBER BACK C. NYLON PLUSH RUBBER BACK 100% C.F. NYLON SHAG wilh over 20 exciting colors to choose from. Installed over good rub- ber pad............. ONLY ,95 iq. yd. 3ACRILAK traffic ui ACRItAN HARDTWIST far A.95 sq.yd. .95 use. Choose from 12 col- ors. Installed..........ONLY ACRItAN SCULPTURE 10 excit- ing shades. Installed over good rubber pad...........ONLY 5. sq. yd. INDOOR-OUTDOOR With rubber sq. yd. back. 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