THERE ARE SOME SUBJECTS ABOUT WHICH OBJECTIVE AND RATIONAL discussion seems impossible--abortion, feminism, the existence of God, child rearing, and the Cook County regular Democratic organization. I have on other occasions tried to discuss the last subject objectively and found myself written about by such Chicagoans as Studs Terkel and Mike Royko as the "house intellectual" of the Daley organization, even though at that time I had never met the mayor or any of the major officials of the organization. The machine of course does not need, did not have, and does not have a "house intellectual." Insofar as anyone plays the role at all, it would be University of IllinoisProfessor Milton Rakove, whose two books, "Don't Make No Waves, Don't Back No Losers" and We Don't Want Nobody, Nobody Sent, along with Eugene Kennedy's Himself, are the best descriptions available of the Daley years in Chicago.
Many educated people all over the world, however, have a strong emotional need to believe that Richard Daley was a corrupt tyrant, ruling with absolute dictatorial power over an oppressed and downtrodden city; exploiting' if not murdering blacks and Hispanics, and keeping the rest of the city in bondage. I was given this portrait of Chicago political life once in Dublin by a political scientist who,