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Re: Former Hillary Press Secretary Refuses to Agree Alger Hiss Was a Communist
National Review ^ | 8-27-2013 | Ian Tuttle

Posted on 08/27/2013 2:31:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing

August 27, 2013

Re: Former Hillary Press Secretary Refuses to Agree Alger Hiss Was a Communist

Ian Tuttle

Reference:John Fund-Former Hillary Press Secretary Refuses to Agree Alger Hiss Was a Communist

Karen Finney’s refusal to acknowledge that Alger Hiss was a Communist spy — let alone a Soviet agent with a direct hand in crafting American policy during World War II and the crucial early Cold War years — should, alas, come as no surprise. The Cold War years are full of unpleasant memories for the Left, whose intellectuals, ignoring the horrors of the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s massacres, and much more, touted Communism as the wave of the future, and whose policies caved to Communism’s aggressive expansion across the globe.

More than half a century on, when they’ve been shown to be on “the wrong side of history,” to use a favorite liberal notion, Joe McCarthy is one of the few pleasant memories of the period for the Left: an alcoholic Republican senator who launched a shameless inquisition to expose a conspiracy theory — hundreds of Communist operatives secretly working against the United States.

Of course, there is the unpleasant fact that McCarthy was, by and large, right. That makes Hiss a particular problem: Acknowledge he’s a spy and you might have to admit that McCarthy — and, even worse, then-congressman Richard Nixon — were onto something.

But there is more at stake than holding onto an effective rhetorical bludgeon. One cannot — or perhaps should not — mention Alger Hiss without acknowledging the man who, at great personal risk, unmasked him: Whittaker Chambers (who would eventually write for this publication at the behest of Bill Buckley). Chambers chronicled his “impossible return” from the Communist underground in his autobiography, Witness, surely one of the great books of the 20th century.

In it he explains what we might call the Finney Phenomenon:

Thus men who sincerely abhorred the word Communism, in the pursuit of common ends found that they were unable to distinguish Communists from themselves, except that it was just the Communists who were likely to be most forthright and most dedicated in the common cause. . . . Any charge of Communism enraged them precisely because they could not grasp the differences between themselves and those against whom it was made.

This is not to give credence to any “Obama the Commie” bumper stickers, but Chambers’s point is damning: Communism, socialism, and their friendlier-faced relation, modern liberalism (“progressivism”), are close kin. They spring from the same philosophical root, and they each reach toward the same end. We see their commensurability today in many liberals’ cultish devotion to the Castro brothers, Hugo Chavez, and Che Guevara.

Karen Finney might have a tough time labeling Alger Hiss a Communist because, in fact, he looks rather disconcertingly like a modern-day liberal.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algerhiss; bankstreet; billayers; communist; genevieve; hughhewitt; karenfinney; univbeirut
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1 posted on 08/27/2013 2:31:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; Revolting cat!

Being a Democrat means never having to acknowledge facts.


2 posted on 08/27/2013 2:33:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’d go so far to say that being a DIMocRAT means that you a subhuman degenerate bent on destroying Freedom and Free America...and you should be in prison (or deported).


3 posted on 08/27/2013 2:34:44 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: smoothsailing
So today alone, prominent press secretaries have said Hiss was not a Communist and Obama’s said Syria was the first to use gas (forgetting about the hundreds of Kurds who where gassed by Saddam)

Yup, these are qualified mouth pieces for the left alright.

4 posted on 08/27/2013 2:34:47 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: smoothsailing
This person couldn't care less.  Birds of a feather...


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5 posted on 08/27/2013 2:37:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (This post coming to you today, from behind the Camelskin Curtain. Not the Iron or Bamboo Curtain...)
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To: smoothsailing

Like minds.


6 posted on 08/27/2013 2:38:36 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: smoothsailing

Mafia????? What’s the mafia????

The Commie Rats cannot admit that Commies long ago infiltrated the ranks of government because there are now more Commies in the US government than there are flies on a $h!+pile the size of Mt. Everest. The sheeple might start to wonder why more questions aren’t being asked.


7 posted on 08/27/2013 2:39:17 PM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: Vaquero

Maybe we will find out years from now who were the spies in the Govt for AQ and the Muslim Brotherhood. There are certainly some who hold views of the Muslim Brotherhood who are dangerous.


8 posted on 08/27/2013 2:40:48 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: smoothsailing
Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Guilt of Alger Hiss"
9 posted on 08/27/2013 2:41:30 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: smoothsailing
Imagine living in that dog's breakfast of a soul .. absolute denial would needs be one's constant and only defense mechanism against disintegration.

Then again, one could completely jettison truth and integrity and become a brazen whore for the Left.


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10 posted on 08/27/2013 2:41:40 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: smoothsailing
And today it's Michele Bachmann, almost alone, trying to call out the muslim brotherhood infiltration into the highest levels of US government.


11 posted on 08/27/2013 2:41:41 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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12 posted on 08/27/2013 2:44:28 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: smoothsailing

Two words: venona intercepts.


13 posted on 08/27/2013 2:45:02 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: smoothsailing
Read the (fine) book...
if your can find a copy, it's a great read.

14 posted on 08/27/2013 2:54:02 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: smoothsailing

As Chambers said at the time, “… when I took up my little sling and aimed at Communism, I also hit something else. What I hit was the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely, somewhat formlessly, but always in the same direction, has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades.”

Liberalism is just communism on the installment plan, but liberals never like to admit that. As Ronald Reagan said of John Kennedy at the time “under that tousled, boyish haircut is the same old Karl Marx!”


15 posted on 08/27/2013 2:57:38 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: smoothsailing

The salient point is not that he was a communist - disgusting as that is, many are harmless old fools - but that he was a SPY and a TRAITOR.


16 posted on 08/27/2013 2:58:58 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: a fool in paradise

To ‘rats, there are no enemies, just friends with unacknowledged grievances.


17 posted on 08/27/2013 3:01:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: neverdem; narses; Nachum; SunkenCiv; MHGinTN; NeoCaveman; xsmommy; Texan5; TexasCajun

Now, now.

Obama is just following HIS sworn (upon a Koran? upon a comic book?) other of orifice (er, oath of office).

After all, did he not swear to oppose ALL ENEMIES, foreign and domestic? It’s just that to Obama, all of HIS enemies are those few who remain white, conservative, Christian, God-fearing, straight capitalists!

We are, with this latest Syrian warfare propaganda, only proposing to bomb the enemies of HIS allies in the Muslim world.


18 posted on 08/27/2013 3:07:25 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: smoothsailing
"...a Soviet agent with a direct hand in crafting American policy during World War II and the crucial early Cold War years..."

IIRC, Hiss also wrote the lion's share of the UN Charter, didn't he?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

19 posted on 08/27/2013 3:09:45 PM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: smoothsailing

While this did occur petty Ian Tuttle doesn’t reference where it took place and who she was talking to. Now why would that happen ?


20 posted on 08/27/2013 3:10:29 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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