chapter  4
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The Fear of Communism

This is partly because there is now more opportunity for clever young people to rise out of the working class, and also because there are more rival interests and activities competing with the Trade Unions But it is, I feel sure, also largely because Trade Union leaders have paid much too little attention either to Trade Union education and training or to the need to diffuse power and responsibility instead of allowing them to become concentrated in fewer and fewer hands This neglect, in turn, has been partly an outcome of the leaders' desire for power, but also partly of their exaggerated fears of Communism and of ' leftism ' in general

It is a most dangerous situation when a Trade Union becomes more concerned with disciplining its members than with encouraging them to think and act for themselves. Such discipline is, in some degree, inseparable