Skip to comments.Blacklisted by History: Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy - M. Stanton Evans on C-Span2
Posted on 11/24/2007 1:34:26 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
Long-time conservative intellectual and commentator M. Stanton Evans discusses his important new book in defense of Joe McCarthy. Long awaited, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy, was released on released on Nov. 6, 2007.
Program re-airs on Sunday, 11/25, at 11 p.m. ET on C-Span2 (BookTV). Program length is 58 minutes.
Mr. Evans has the skills not only of a scholar but also those of a raconteur. Listening to him, one has a powerful sense of getting a first-person account. I could not recommend this program too strongly.
I'm a firm believer of this.
One of the best books ever written.
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Any mention of McCarthy assistant Robert F. Kennedy?
Although I have not read the Chambers book, I certainly have paid a lot of attention to this period of history and bristle whenever I hear people on NPR deploring the "dark days of McCarthyism." And I hear this on almost every day that I listen to NPR. It is the world turned upside down.
People who think that either academe or the MSM delivers anything remotely like a straight-down-the-center view of American history have no clue.
Backhoes reference list with lots of links.
Tailgunner JoeWhere Have You Gone, Joe McCarthy?
Evans is impressive because he seems able to respond to most any question in depth.
Thanks. That’s a great post from backhoe. I’m gonna give it a good going over.
I just ordered it on Amazon. 6.98 plus shipping.
“Mr. Stanton makes a compelling case that there was in fact a “witchhunt” and McCarthy was its victim”
McCarthy, Patton, MacArthur, Forrestal - they were all right - and hinted down like dogs by the left.
Several sources, most notably Venona, and Soviet archives have all but completely vindicated Joe McCarthy, but I very much doubt that US academia and media will ever admit it.
This book, "Witness" and "The Venona Secrets" are books everybody should have (and read) IMO. I would also recommend "The Sword and The Shield" by Christopher Andrew.
Perjury: The Hiss - Chambers Case by Allen Weinsten
The smear of the Birchers was so overwhelming that -- at that time -- that I was still too naive to question it. After all, if the God of broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, said it, it surely must be true. ~sarcasm~ (I don't particularly have any memory of Murrow commenting on the Birchers...I just cite him as a representative media figure who posed as someone beyond question, when, in fact, he was a fierce ideological partisan.)
I hope young people today are not as naively vulnerable to these propped up MSM figures as I was, and I don't think they are. As depressing as things looks sometimes, it is a different world from the days when the MSM could easily shutdown conservative voices.
I could not agree more! I'd add to it as "must" McCarthy-era reading:
"Seeds of Treason" by Ralph de Toledano (look at used booksellers)
"Stalin's Secret Service," Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect (a total eye-opener as to just how vulnerable the U.S. was to Communist spying and security penetration in the '30s and '40s).
When Russian General Walter G. Krivitsky, Chief of Soviet Military Intelligence in Western Europe, defected to the U.S. in 1937, he wasn't even interviewed by the FBI!! He was found in a Washington D.C. hotel room in 1941 with a bullet wound to the head, a pistol on the floor and 3 suicide notes. Some people were skeptical: Krivitsky had been hotly pursued by the KGB (then the NKVD) since he'd left Europe. His lawyer later quoted him:
"One day you walk along a street and there is a dead man, run over by a car. And you see it is Krivitsky. You say, 'Poor man, he should have been more careful.' You never think it is they who killed me so. They are too clever!"
Great! I hope you'll post an Amazon review.
Thanks. I'm making myself quite a little bibliography from suggestions here, including backhoe's great thread.
An extremely interesting particle. I highly recommend it.
There is a simple but effective cure for this. I took it 12 years ago.
I'm not sure it did. The country is now in the death grip of "cultural Marxism" in the guises of Multiculturalism and Political Correctness. The media is still run by cultural Marxists, and the universities -- where our kids are being indoctrinated with full-bore Marxist anti-American beliefs -- are totally controlled by people we'd have called by the right name, Communists, a generation ago. If Hillary's elected her policies and SCOTUS appointments will administer the coup de grace for the good old U.S.A.
That statement reminds me that in the C-Span program, Evans is very explicit about McCarthy never having made an unwarranted accusation or smeared any innocent person.
In fact, according to Evans, in the famous "Have you no shame, senator?" moment, McCarthy was being explicitly berated about identifying a red who had already been outed as CPUSA memeber in the NYT! (Shades of the Valerie Plame non-incident.)
I agree, it looks pretty bleak. There's no question that PC is cultural Marxism, and that it's been inculcated in our schools and media by design.
What will forever puzzle me is how we as a society have become so weak and stupid, that we can no longer see the likes of Hillary and her ilk (interestingly, "Blacklisted" is the first time I've seen the name Alan Cranston in print for a while) for what they are. In conversations with people, particularly young people, I often feel like I'm talking to somebody who's been hypnotized.
And they are still there.
Thank you- I appreciate that.
Yes indeed. “Witness” should be required reading on every college campus for for every graduate.
And to think that America is about to “elect” it’s number one communist to serve in our White House........
Whitaker Chambers must be rolling over in his grave or, more probably, looking on from heaven and turning his eyes away because he simply cannot look at what is to befall our nation unless God Himself intervenes. (for which I and many others are praying....)
I wrote a long, long response to your comment but abandoned it because it just became too burdensome. Boiled down it amounts to three things: domination of the popular culture -- everything from Che Guevara T-shirts, popular music and late-night comedy shows -- all with a relentlessly liberal point of view; and,
Domination of the education system, using a preferential hiring system to make certain only one point of view is available to indoctrinate students, and;
Domination of the mainstream news media to twist and fashion the day's news into a liberal-progressive-socialist single-message propaganda campaign.
It was frightening to me last week to hear how CNN flying monkeys framed the Democrat recess appointment strategy. They were keeping Congress in session, we were told, to circumvent the sneaky, evil Republican Bush from pulling a "fast one" on the American people. The fact that the President's recess appointment power is in the Constitution was either unknown to the snotty little blond talking head, or of no consequence.
This is getting long again but I forgot to mention one thing: none of this would have been possible without the total dumbing-down of American education. It was brought about by the rise of the know-nothing "education" departments in university teacher curricula; unions that only care about teacher pay increases, reduced workloads, more perks and longer vacations; and certain "parents" that never grew up themselves.
Right on point.
I'm sure that I would have enjoyed it.
"Domination of the education system, using a preferential hiring system to make certain only one point of view is available to indoctrinate students."
This certainly applies to our universities from what I've seen. It seems that professors and administrators with conservative viewpoints are screened-out. While our primary and secondary public schools are also now nothing but indoctrination pens, I think that problem can be traced back to when Jimmy Carter (I swear Nikita Kruschev would have been a less destructive President) created the Dept. of Education to effectively give the teachers union a cabinet post. The union as you know has gone extreme left, and they have throughly politisized curriculums from K through 12.
"It was frightening to me last week to hear how CNN flying monkeys framed the Democrat recess appointment strategy. They were keeping Congress in session, we were told, to circumvent the sneaky, evil Republican Bush from pulling a "fast one" on the American people. The fact that the President's recess appointment power is in the Constitution was either unknown to the snotty little blond talking head, or of no consequence."
With seemingly no one to call them on it. I don't believe a single Republican commented on it. I also found it frightening. I think I would find the disco scene from Rowan & Martins "Laugh-In" more objective than modern MSM newscasts.
It vexes me however, that MSM news now being such naked and transparent propaganda (the better examples of which could be penned by a John Stewart Service and Solomon Adler at the kitchen table of their ChungKing residence),that it should be easily recognized by more people. Most modern agitprop is the clumsy variety that one might expect from some a high school newspaper.
I was cured of my own leftism (inculcated by a leftist family environment, and peer influence) back in the 70's when I read The Gulag Archepelago, and observed China's Cultural Revolution and the Kampuchean horror. After that the rantings of the "Chicago Seven," Huey Newton and their ilk which I had previously found so seductive sounded pretty tinny. Perhaps I just answered my own question in that as once a part of the left, the format of their BS is more recognizable to me.
Wen Ho Lee is another perfect example of communist infiltration made possible because of the liberal mental disorder knows as “multi-culturalism and diversity). It should be illegal for ANY foreigner to work in ANY of our US governement labs.
Now about 15 minutes until program start.
Good post, and right as can be. Why not post the longer version? :-)
Exactly what David says in this book.
He wrote another book just after Radical Son called The Politics of Bad Faith, which describes the ethos of the 1960's new left. If you like Horowitz, I strongly recommend it if you haven't read it.
Thanks I will pick it up. Right now I am engrossed in M. Stanton Evans book "Blacklisted by History" about Joe McCarthy. What an interesting read so far. Very detailed. The left has been at this stuff for a long time. Started in the 30's. Commies everywhere back before we really knew how REALLY bad they were. McCarthy was dead on and a very intelligent man. Had a photographic memory according to Evans. Never outed an innocent person. The left is VERY dangerous. Very. They are ruthless and will stop at nothing to gain power.
I've long been interested in Cold War Soviet Espionage, and have been aware of Venona and also of revelations in NKVD/KGB documents for some time now, as well as materials from the Mitrokin archives. However, I was never truly aware of what a bum rap McCarthy got until I read Ann Coulters "Treason" in which she set the record straight (I heard that she used material from M. Stanton Evans with permission, but I can't substantiate that).