Skip to comments.Izzy, Esther, and Me: Memories of I.F. and Esther Stone
Posted on 04/08/2012 8:10:11 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
The American Spectator reports on I.F. Stone, charging as others have that he was an agent -- at least for a time -- of the Soviet Union:
But we now know that Stone was not always so honest. At one time, he was a paid Soviet agent. In their latest work, published by Yale University Press, historians John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev conclude that Stone was a "Soviet spy." In an article excerpted from the book and published in the April 2009 online version of Commentary magazine, they wrote: "To put it plainly, from 1936 to 1939 I. F. Stone was a Soviet spy." Also closely studying Stone's case is Herb Romerstein, the authority on the Venona papers. In The Venona Secrets, Romerstein and co-author Eric Breindel wrote: "it is clear from the evidence that Stone was indeed a Soviet agent." One of the stronger confirmations from the Soviet side is retired KGB general Oleg Kalugin, who stated flatly: "He [Stone] was a KGB agent since 1938. His code name was 'Blin.' When I resumed relations with him in 1966, it was on Moscow's instructions. Stone was a devoted Communist." Kalugin added that Stone "changed in the course of time like many of us"; in other words, he did not remain a communist -- but for a time he was a Soviet agent.
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Reinforces what I always thought: a lot of lefties are naive, not evil.
Once after the Soviet Union fell I ran into [Izzy Stone]. He said, "Richard [Perle] was a hero. I was wrong about the Soviet Union. He was right."
Naive people who commit objectively evil actions.
Unfortunately dangerously naive if entrusted with power.
Impossible to be naive after the Moscow show trials, after the invasion of Hungary, and so many other things. Impossible. To quote Bob Dylan, [he] “just wanted to be on the side that’s winning” when he praised Perl.
I think you are both right. But most lefties come off as bitter, spiteful, dishonest people. I think I.F. Stone was the other variety, and at the end, honest enough to say, privately at least, “I was wrong.”
He was an old man, and he said he was wrong, in private. I take him at his word.
For all practical purposes, it's an irrelevent distinction. In either case, they're rooting against liberty and deserve nothing less than malediction.
What does being old have to do with being naive? What does that have to do with the purges, the gulags, and taking money to work for a foreign government?
He’s a two time loser then. First Stalin and then Perle. This fool really knows how to pick them.
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