海倫‧凱勒：How I Become a Socialist (3)
按照前面的見解，我希望談談一則有關我的報導，它先後刊登在《公共理想》(Common Cause)和《生活話題》(Live Issue)這兩種反社會者的刊物；以下是那則報導的引文：
史肯涅克特市的社會主義者正在剝削可憐的海倫凱勒；要想像出比這件事更可悲的，太概很難。幾個星期以來，這個集會活動的新聞發布單位，已經宣稱她是一個社會主義者，而且即將成為史肯涅克特市新公眾福利委員會的成員(Schenectady's new Board of Public Welfare)。
In the light of the foregoing I wish to comment on a piece about me which was printed in the Common Cause and reprinted in the Live Issue, two antisocialist publications. Here is a quotation from that piece:
"For twenty-five years Miss Keller's teacher and constant companion has been Mrs. John Macy, formerly of
Mr. Macy may be an enthusiastic Marxist propagandist, though I am sorry to say he has not shown much enthusiasm in propagating his Marxism through my fingers. Mrs. Macy is not a Marxist, nor a socialist. Therefore what the Common Cause says about her is not true. The editor must have invented that, made it out of whole cloth, and if that is the way his mind works, it is no wonder that he is opposed to socialism. He has not sufficient sense of fact to be a socialist or anything else intellectually worthwhile.
Consider another quotation from the same article. The headline reads:
Then the article begins:
"It would be difficult to imagine anything more pathetic than the present exploitation of poor Helen Keller by the Socialists of Schenectady. For weeks the party's press agencies have heralded the fact that she is a Socialist, and is about to become a member of
There's a chance for satirical comment on the phrase, "the exploitation of poor Helen Keller." But I will refrain, simply saying that I do not like the hypocritical sympathy of such a paper as the Common Cause, but I am glad if it knows what the word "exploitation" means.