Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The McCarthy Era

David Bernstein at Volokh Conspiracy does something novel -- he gives us some facts about the McCarthy era. For instance,

The first chairman of the House committee that was the predecessor to HUAC, Samuel Dickstein, was probably a Soviet agent.

The first federal prosecution under the Smith Act (later used to prosecute CPUSA leaders) was the prosecution of eighteen leaders of the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party 1941. The CPUSA not only applauded this action; Party leaders assisted in the prosecution.
The old line says that history is written by the winners. The liberals must be the winner of the McCarthy era, for the story we’ve been told about it ever since has been a liberal myth about evil right-wingers persecuting innocent people. Check out the facts.

(HT: Pajamas Media)

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