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Douglas Reed - From Smoke to Smother (1938 - 1948). A Sequel to Insanity Fair (1948)

Douglas Reed - From Smoke to Smother (1938 - 1948). A Sequel to Insanity Fair (1948)

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From Smoke to Smother
(1938 - 1948) A Sequel to Insanity Fair

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Douglas Reed
* Then must I from the smoke into the smother; From tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother. A comment on the twentieth century by William Shakespeare *

published: 1948 - this PDF prepared by www.douglasreed.co.uk

CONTENTS
Foreword: Vienna, 1938

Part One – The Smoke: 1933 - 1939 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Dinner With A Condemned Man Delicate-Handed Priest The Lonely Kings The Wrecker Between Two Thieves Longest Night Clam
From Smoke to Smother
(1938 - 1948) A Sequel to Insanity Fair

by

Douglas Reed
* Then must I from the smoke into the smother; From tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother. A comment on the twentieth century by William Shakespeare *

published: 1948 - this PDF prepared by www.douglasreed.co.uk

CONTENTS
Foreword: Vienna, 1938

Part One – The Smoke: 1933 - 1939 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Dinner With A Condemned Man Delicate-Handed Priest The Lonely Kings The Wrecker Between Two Thieves Longest Night Clam

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From SmoketoSmother 
(1938 - 1948)
 
A Sequel to
 Insanity Fair 
 
 by
Douglas Reed
*Then must I from the smoke into the smother;From tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother.
 A comment on the twentieth century by
 William Shakespeare* published: 1948
- this PDF prepared by www.douglasreed.co.uk 
 
FOREWORD
Vienna 1938
 When this book appears just ten years will have passed since the publication of the one,
 Insanity Fair 
, to which it is a sequel. The shape of events, as they have come about, may now be comparedwith the shape of the forebodings and warnings which filled
 Insanity Fair 
; and, when that has beendone, the prospect of the next ten years, 1948-58 may be examined.Has the enpested air of the twentieth century at last been cleared? In my opinion the answer is plainly, No. The great choice between liberty and slavery remains to be made. We have merely passed from the smoke of the Thirties, through ordeal by fire in the Forties, to the dark smother thatawaits us in the Fifties. Military victory in the second war was in the event turned against theshining cause for which it was begun: Liberty. The second war brought great generalship, but nostatesmanship, only politicianship, and the acts of politicians, much more even than in the first war and the years that followed it, were misguided by hidden groups hostile to liberty and nationhoodeverywhere.I find certain changes in my own mind, when I look back on the man who wrote
 Insanity Fair 
inVienna ten years ago. The memory of the first war and its huge carnage was lurid in me then andthe obsessing premonition of a new slaughter did more than anything else to drive me to write thatwarning; horror and hatred of the tyrannies I saw rising in Europe were, I think, emotionssecondary to that overwhelming anxiety. After ten years I find myself reversing the order of thosefears. Though lives may be destroyed, life cannot be, for it eternally renews itself. Ruins arerelatively unimportant, since human hands can always rebuild what human hands have razed. Theannihilation of spiritual values now seems to me the most important thing to arrest.The ones I chiefly mean are religion, patriotism, liberty, human dignity and honour. The process of destroying these, begun in the Thirties, was quickened and extended through the second war. Itscontinuance now seems to me a prospect more dreadful than even that of ‘the third war’ which Ihear people on all hands discuss. The worst prospect of all is that such a third war, like the secondone, would be begun in the name of Liberty and be stealthily turned into one for the final extinctionof liberty, while it went on. The mechanism of these twentieth-century wars has clearly been brought under remote control, so that such transformations are possible. We have now seen thetrick performed twice.A few days before
 Insanity Fair 
appeared its warning was abruptly borne out by the Germaninvasion of Austria, a thing which the public mind of the Thirties refused to imagine until ithappened; I received some credit for having foreseen the blindingly obvious. The second war beganthen, although the fighting waited another eighteen months. We are in precisely the same state of suspended, non-fighting but undeniable warfare today, ten years later. The same possibilities of averting a fighting-war, of arresting the Gadarene process of the twentieth century, are open to usnow, as were open then.That clamorous, fear-laden night in Vienna is foremost in my memory as I write this sequel, tenyears later, to
 Insanity Fair 
. Among my farewells at that time was one I paid to a humble ragmanwho relieved me of the piles of yellowing newspapers which encumbered my lodging. He inhabitedthree vast cellars beneath on old house near the cathedral, the Stefansdom; built one below theother, they were the equivalent of a tall house buried underground, and from them passages led tothe catacombs of that ancient city. He lived there, in the gloom, amid great mounds of sacks, roundand on which prowled or sat innumerable cats. They were his skilled assistants: without them therats would have eaten his business; and as we talked their inscrutable green and amber eyeswatched us from all sides.

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