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  • Why Middle-Class Wealth Is Withering [Alinsky At Work: Destroy The Middle-Class and Destroy America]

    12/13/2014 10:16:14 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 13, 2013 | AIMEE PICCHI
    By AIMEE PICCHI December 12, 2014 Why Middle-Class Wealth Is Withering If the middle class is truly the backbone of America, the country's spine may be close to breaking. Middle America came out of the Great Recession in a precarious position, sinking into "dissavings" -- when spending is greater than income -- thanks to a nasty combination of stagnant wages and a hit to real estate and investment values, according to a new working paper from New York University economics professor Edward N. Wolff. That's led to a grim outcome, with virtually no change in the country's median wealth between...
  • Cold War Era Spies

    10/10/2014 11:45:13 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 4/5/2014 | David Chambers, et al.
    Panelists talked about re-evaluating the lives, motivations, and legacies of American and Soviet Cold War era spies such as Whittaker Chambers, Morton Sobell, Morris Childs, and Julia Brown as new information has been declassified by the CIA and the FBI.  David Chambers presented “Whittaker Chambers and the Global Network of Great Illegals, 1932-1935.” Jason Roberts presented “An Examination of the Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts.” John Fox presented “The FBI’s Eyes on the Communist World: Morris Childs, Cold War Intelligence and the Sino-Soviet Spilt.” “The Dueling Loyalties of Cold War Era Spies of the U.S. Government and the Soviet Union” was...
  • Never Again

    09/01/2014 11:07:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-1-14 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    How many times have we heard: “Never again”? (Or taken selfies at a concentration camp or Holocaust museum with those words?) How often have we quoted: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”? And yet: Do we do nothing? What do we actually say in the face of evil? “I don’t want to have on my conscience that I was complicit in something as horrendous as this simply by being quiet,” is how Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., reflected on the persecution being conducted against Christians and other...
  • "American Betrayal" Goes to the 36th Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Dinner

    11/02/2013 2:09:45 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 3 replies
    Diana West ^ | November 1, 2013 | Diana West
    I am very happy to reveal that at this year's gathering of the Pumpkins Papers Irregulars, a deluxe dinner held in Washington by intelligence experts and interested observers to honor the memory of Whittaker Chambers and his triumph over the traitor Alger Hiss, I was given the annual honor of lighting the pumpkin and later addressing the assembly about American Betrayal. Highlights of the evening included warm tributes to fallen Cold Warriors: M. Stanton Evans on the late Herbert Romerstein (1931-2013), and Paul Kengor on the late Judge William P. Clark (1931-2013). This year's "coveted" Victor Navasky Award, presented by...
  • The Whittaker Chambers Haters (Book Review)

    07/01/2013 6:04:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 58 replies
    Real Clear Books ^ | June 13, 2013 | By Mark Judge
    We can start with the spoiler. At the end of his newly released and massive revised edition of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case, Allen Weinstein makes the following observation: "As for the conspiracy theories themselves, we may expect that newer and perhaps more ingenious defenses of [Alger] Hiss may emerge, if only because none of the theories raised during the past six decades has proved persuasive. There has yet to appear, however, from any source, a coherent body of evidence that seriously undermines the credibility of the evidence against Alger Hiss." There will never be produced such a body of evidence,...
  • Fidel-ity: Three Decades of the Myers Spy Ring

    06/08/2009 5:37:57 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 8 replies · 762+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/08/09 | clarice Feldman
    Last week a Department of State retiree and his wife were arrested and charged with spying for Cuba for thirty years. In this article I will sort out what we know, don't know and need to explore about this matter. Walter Kendall Myers, Jr .and his wife Gwendolyn Steingarber Myers
  • Just What Was Fundamentally Wrong with Bolshevism?

    11/29/2012 5:29:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    I recently read the new biography of Trotsky by Oxford don Robert Service, published in 2009 by Pan Books. It is well-written and surprisingly interesting. The book does a great public service in describing the life of the actual Trotsky, whose previous biographies were little more than hagiographies written by his toady worshippers (people like Isaac Deutscher). The last time that I had taken any interest in Trotsky was when I was a teenager and had fleeting delusions of believing in socialism. Reading the new book as an adult and as an economist, I found it a useful opportunity to...
  • What's the Difference between Socialists and Communists?

    12/18/2012 4:04:34 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Joke from communist-era Poland still rings-true... Teen: 'Father, what's the difference between socialists and communists?' Dad:'The communists shoot you right in the head,while socialists torment you through your whole life.' More dark humor from behind the iron curtain at Mayakas: she was there... I particularly enjoyed Maya's 'Truth' series on what life was like living in communist Czechoslovakia: it's a colorful first-hand account that provides a feeling for the captive environment and daily battles of living in the kind of 'progressive' socialist state that historically-clueless Obama groupies seem tothink is so cool: Pt. 1:The Border Pt. 2:The 'Perfect Idea'...
  • Conservatives discuss anti-communism (Whittaker Chambers' 'Witness' on CSPAN2 Saturday)

    12/14/2012 6:07:24 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Yale Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Rosa Nguyen
    Roughly 100 students, alumni and government officials gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Friday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Witness, an anti-communist manifesto written by conservative columnist Whittaker Chambers. The event, hosted by the William F. Buckley Program, aimed to examine Witness from both historical and present-day perspectives through three panels and a dinner with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Panelists such as John Gaddis, a history professor, and Elliott Abrams, former assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs, discussed the books controversial history in sparking the beginning of the conservative movement. Daniels said he agreed with the books...
  • 'Ex-communist' a term still in Obama's future

    08/29/2012 10:10:32 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Exclusive: Jack Cashill points out BHO has yet to hear 'Moscow screams' There is one experience which most sincere ex-Communists share, wrote Whittaker Chambers in his classic conversion narrative Witness, and that is the epiphany, the road-to-Damascus moment, the instant they realize the life they have been living is a lie. Chambers memorably quotes one young woman about her fathers Damascus moment: He was immensely pro-Soviet and then you will laugh at me but you must not laugh at my father and then one night in Moscow he heard screams. Thats all. Simply...
  • Whittaker Chambers, Communism, and Islam

    Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam Those who accept Bolshevism become impervious to scientific evidence, and commit intellectual suicide. ...Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Islam rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world.
  • Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

    07/28/2012 2:35:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interviews guest today is Christina Shelton, a retired US intelligence analyst; she spent the major part of her thirty-two year career (twenty two years) working as a Soviet analyst and a Counterintelligence Branch Chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She is the author of the new book, Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason. FP: Christina Shelton, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Shelton: Thank you, Mr. Glazov. FP: Lets begin with you telling us what inspired you to write this book. Shelton: I have always had an abiding interest in both the Soviet Union and the intriguing world of espionage. For...
  • Project of the Day: Profile of Whittaker Chambers, Author of Spiritual Classic 'Witness'

    01/10/2012 4:48:08 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Indiewire.com ^ | 01/03/2012 | Indiewire
    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie youd want to see? Tell us in the comments."The Whittaker Chambers Story" Tweetable Logline: Feature-length documentary about Whittaker Chambers: journalist, theologian, and writer of the political and spiritual classic "Witness"Elevator Pitch: A feature-length documentary about Whittaker Chambers, whose book Witness is a political and spiritual classic. Chambers had insight into the human condition that transcended his time. He was a member of the communist party in the 1920s...
  • Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam

    07/09/2011 12:33:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | July 9, 2011 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam Playwright David Mamet recently acknowledged that he had been profoundly influenced by Communist apostate Whittaker Chambers’s 1952 anti-Communist memoir, Witness. Mamet described how reading Chambers’s opus inspired “the wrenching experience” of forcibly reevaluating the way he thought, particularly his confessed leftist-herd co-dependence. Also, echoing the delusive herd mentality of the Left’s ad hominem attacks in the 1950s on Chambers — whose allegations of Communist conspiracies have been entirely vindicated with irrefragable documentation from the captured Soviet Venona cables — Congressman Peter King’s staid initial hearings of March 10, 2011, on American Muslim radicalization engendered similarly...
  • Obama's Pumpkin

    10/05/2010 11:46:07 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/05/10 | Cindy Simpson
    As pumpkins line the front of my local market and appear on neighbors' porches, I am reminded of the famous pumpkin described in Whittaker Chambers' autobiography, Witness. A moving and beautifully written book containing much more than a tale of espionage and intrigue, Witness has had a profound impact on many conservatives, containing priceless words of wisdom while documenting a massive, tangled web of Communist infiltration into the U.S. government and mainstream media during the Cold War. The key evidence proving Chambers' allegations against Soviet spy Alger Hiss, an important member of the U.S. State Department, became notoriously known as...
  • Repudiating Whittaker Chambers

    08/26/2010 4:36:31 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 35 replies
    THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL ^ | August 26, 2010 | by Robert Tracinski
    A reader just sent me a link, with the explanation: "They're at it again." And so they are. "They" is the National Review, the leading publication of the religious wing of the mainstream right. And "it" is bashing Ayn Rand. There is a long history to this. All the way back in the 1950s, when Ayn Rand's magnum opus Atlas Shruggedwhich I have described as "Capitalism's Epic"was first published, William F. Buckley attempted to kick Ayn Rand out of the right. Her atheism and her ethics of individualism was a threat to Buckley's goal of cobbling together a "fusionist" coalition...
  • Richard Nixon exposed Alger Hiss as a traitor

    08/16/2010 6:57:59 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | August 16, 2010 | Michael Zak
    On this day in 1948, Rep. Richard Nixon (R-CA) and his House Un-American Activities Committee questioned Alger Hiss, a State Department officer suspected of being a Soviet spy. Nixon zeroed in on contradictions in Hiss's testimony, revealing that Hiss had lied about not knowing Whittaker Chambers, another Soviet spy. Though never convicted of being a spy, Hiss did go to prison for perjury. For decades, many Democrats asserted that Hiss was innocent and that Nixon had persecuted an innocent man. After the fall of the Soviet Union, de-classified records revealed that Alger Hiss had indeed been a Soviet spy.
  • Reclaiming Compassion: A Christmas Meditation (applicable to all Conservative Americans)

    12/23/2009 9:28:54 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 210+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/10/1989 | Marvin Olasky
    If we adopt the compassion of time rather than that of cash, we are not trying to do the same thing as liberals, only a bit more cheaply. Instead, we must ask of every idea that calls itself compassionate, "Does it make great demands on men (and women) to give themselves to their brethren?" Are we offering not coerced silver, but our lives? If we talk of crisis pregnancies, are we actually willing to provide a home to a pregnant young woman? If we talk of abandoned children, are we actually willing to adopt a child? We need to ask...
  • The "Higher" Education of Whittaker Chambers: Columbia University, Nihilism, and Despair

    12/21/2009 3:11:38 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies · 831+ views
    First Principles ^ | 4/23/08 | K. Alan Snyder
    Columbia was, he declared, a citadel of the mind swaying in the vertigo of a civilization changing (without admitting it) the basis of its faith from a two thousand-year-old Christian culture to the new secular and scientific culture. Whereas the Christian culture placed God at the center of mans hope, the new secular faith, which was exclusively rational and scientific, replaced God with Man. This was not indoctrination into communism, at least not explicitly. No member of the Columbia faculty ever consciously guided me toward Communism, he stated. Columbia did not teach me Communism. It taught me despair. That despair...
  • Spies in Aberdeen? Story is just plain weird

    07/05/2009 11:52:06 AM PDT · by ancientart · 4 replies · 549+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Donna Marmorstein
    To think that Boris and Natasha lived right here in South Dakota, and we didn't even know it! Recently, Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Steingraber-Trebilcock-Myers - a couple who once lived in Aberdeen - were arrested for spying. The news rocked the nation. Well, actually, the nation immediately forgot the story. Still, South Dakota hasn't forgotten. It's not every day suspected spies are found traipsing through your own neighborhood. The espionage likely started after they left Aberdeen, but you still wonder if that abandoned shopping cart you saw in aisle 8 of Kessler's might have contained a coded message. The...
  • Clearing the air vs. splitting hairs and distorting Cold War history (Part 1)

    05/25/2009 4:55:42 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies · 546+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 5/25/09 | Wes Vernon
    Clearing the air vs. splitting hairs and distorting Cold War history (Part 1) Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter whitewashed Since the downfall of the Soviet Union, volumes have been written about that late superpower's penetration of American Society and its institutions before and during the Cold War years. It can be said without credible contradiction that what we now know about Soviet spying and infiltration of the U.S. for seven decades vindicates the much-maligned anti-Communists (in and out of Congress) of that era. If anything, they didn't know the half of it. It was they who warned often to...
  • Some thoughts on "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers

    04/29/2009 8:50:16 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 22 replies · 1,128+ views
    1952 | Whittaker Chambers
    I am on a long needed vacation, and have already put 3000 miles on my car. Part of me says I wanted to see the country before it disappears...:) One of the things I have been doing while putting all these miles on my car is to listen to the unabridged audiobook version of "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers. I think it is a total of 36 hours or something along those lines. I read the book for the first time in 2002 (inspired by Ann Coulter to do so) and it changed my political life. To me, it was the...
  • Use of fiction by Ayn Rand

    10/02/2006 6:59:27 PM PDT · by Rob Larrikin · 94 replies · 1,934+ views
    National Review ^ | 1957 | Whittaker Chambers
    Lefties commonly say there is something wrong with Rands use of fiction as a vehicle for Objectivist beliefs. In a 1957 review of Atlas Shrugged, Whittaker Chambers, who had no idea how successful Atlas Shrugged would be, said, The mischief here is that the author, dodging into fiction, nevertheless counts on your reading it as political reality. Lefties have been using that same approach ever since. Using fiction is mischief and dodging. Rand was trying to make an otherwise dull subject interesting, and she also wanted to show what might happen in a world where businessmen really did go on...
  • Big Sister is Watching You (review of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged")

    09/29/2006 10:14:53 AM PDT · by baseball_fan · 351 replies · 5,423+ views
    National Review ^ | December 28, 1957 | Whittaker Chambers
    ...The news about this book seems to me to be that any ordinarily sensible head could possibly take it seriously, and that apparently, a good many do. Somebody has called it: "Excruciatingly awful." I find it a remarkably silly book. It is certainly a bumptious one. Its story is preposterous. It reports the final stages of a final conflict (locale: chiefly the United States, some indefinite years hence) between the harried ranks of free enterprise and the "looters." These are proponents of proscriptive taxes. Government ownership, Labor, etc. etc. The mischief here is that the author, dodging into fiction, nevertheless...
  • The Secret World of U.S. Communism

    12/20/2005 2:27:08 PM PST · by Calpernia · 28 replies · 772+ views
    26 Jun 1999 | Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation
    0n March 27, 1962, the U.S. Communist newspaper The Worker exuberantly reported the following story: Attorney General Robert E Kennedy admitted, in effect, in a press conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, that the persecution of the Communist Party reflects a monstrous hoax perpetrated on the American people. He declared at the press conference that the Communist Party of the U.S. is no danger to the security of the U.S . For the CPUSA, such a statement from the then-highest official of the U.S. Justice Department (as well as the brother of the U.S. President) was astonishing and unexpected. Especially...
  • Whittaker Chambers: Man of Courage and Faith

    08/04/2005 10:17:14 AM PDT · by Taft in '52 · 10 replies · 759+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 2, 2001 | Lee Edwards
    Whittaker Chambers: Man of Courage and Faith by Lee Edwards, Ph.D.Executive Memorandum #735 April 2, 2001 The wave of publicity about Robert Hanssen, a veteran FBI agent who became a master spy for the Russians, brings to mind a far different man--Whittaker Chambers, a veteran Soviet spy who became, in William F. Buckley Jr.'s words, "the most important American defector from Communism." This April marks the 100th anniversary of Chambers' birth. In August 1948, Chambers, an editor at Time, identified Alger Hiss, a golden boy of the liberal establishment, as a fellow member of his underground Communist cell in...
  • The 50-year fraud of Alger Hiss

    07/04/2005 12:33:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 121 replies · 2,500+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/4/05 | Jack Cashill
    Editor's note: The following commentary is excerpted from Jack Cashill's eye-opening new book, "Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture," where he shows how, over the last century, "progressive" writers and producers have been using falsehood and fraud as their primary weapons in their attack on America."I am not and have never been a member of the Communist Party," Alger Hiss said under oath on Aug. 5, 1948, and calmly refuted the accusation of former Soviet agent Whittaker Chambers. The House Un-American Activities Committee had subpoenaed Chambers two days before. Then a senior editor at Time magazine, Chambers had...
  • Horowitz: Marxism Dominates the Left Today

    05/30/2005 11:13:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies · 2,303+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/28/05 | Phil Brennan
    Communism is alive and well, says "The End of Time" author David Horowitz. And he should know. The son of Communist parents and a former Communist himself, he has crusaded against the Marxist left on college campuses and written books exposing the influence of the left on America's political culture. In an exclusive interview with NewsMax.com, Horowitz spoke about his new book and the Marxist domination of today's Democratic party. In his book, Horowitz writes about his views on life and death, and explains his belief in the destructive nature of Utopia-driven ideologies, noting: "The desire for more than is...
  • Believing the true believers

    03/01/2005 1:33:21 AM PST · by Brian Allen · 24 replies · 701+ views
    townhall.com ^ | Tuesday March 1 2005 | Thomas Sowell
    While the media have been focusing on the flap at Harvard growing out of its president's statement about the reasons for the under-representation of women in the sciences, a much worse and more revealing scandal has unfolded at the University of Seattle, where a student mob prevented a military recruiter from meeting with those students who wanted to meet with him. At first, the university president said that the student rioters should apologize. But the storm this created forced the typical academic administrator's back-down under pressure. One of the student rioters explained that she didn't want anyone to be sent...
  • American Friends? Hardly. American Friends Service Committee supported the most brutal regimes

    06/05/2003 1:30:43 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 705+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Thursday, June 5, 2003 | By Gordon Lamb
    American Friends? HardlyBy Gordon LambFrontPageMagazine.com | June 5, 2003 When the first Quakers arrived in America in the late 17th century, they were thought of as heretics, sometimes witches and routinely bizarre. Theirs was a religion based on the ideas the individual is supreme, that the relationship between God and man is a very private affair not to be regulated by government or society, that temperance ("all things in moderation") is a noble way to live one's life.Above all, it prized peace and stated that violence should be avoided if at all possible.The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has mastered...
  • NYP Book Review: AN 'INNOCENT' SOVIET SPY re: ALGER HISS'S LOOKING-GLASS WAR (LIFE OF A SOVIET SPY)

    11/14/2004 9:59:38 AM PST · by OESY · 47 replies · 3,531+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2004 | Eris Fettmann
    ...[T]here is no greater Cold War icon than Alger Hiss, the once high-ranking State Department official who went to prison for denying that he'd passed government secrets to the Soviet Union. Nearly 60 years after he was exposed before Congress by Whittaker Chambers, a communist underground operative who later became a senior editor at Time magazine, belief in Hiss' complete innocence remains an article of faith for the political left. For anti-communists, Hiss remains the prime example of how the Kremlin infiltrated the highest ranks of the U.S. government.... Over the years, Davis remained unpersuaded by new evidence of Hiss'...
  • Testimony of Whittaker Chambers Before HUAC, August 3, 1948 (Alger Hiss Spy Case)

    08/03/2004 9:13:16 AM PDT · by Taft in '52 · 15 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Alger Hiss Trials: An Account ^ | 2003 | Douglas Linder
    THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1948 Mr. CHAMBERS. Almost exactly 9 years ago-that is, 2 days after Hitler and Stalin signed their pact-I went to Washington and reported to the authorities what I knew about the infiltration of the United States Government by Communists... The heart of my report to the United States Government consisted of a description of the apparatus to which I was attached. It was an underground organization of the United States Communist Party developed, to the best of my knowledge, by Harold Ware, one of the sons of the Communist leader known as...
  • The Framing of Alger Hiss [AM: Yes, I know. I know]

    05/20/2003 5:58:55 AM PDT · by new spartacus · 69 replies · 870+ views
    webcom ^ | Lisa Pease
    Informers in his camp, key evidence suppressed by the opposition, tampering with witnesses, fabricated expert opinions-no, it's not the Garrison case. All of the above led to one of the great injustices of modern time-the false perjury conviction and subsequent imprisonment of an innocent man: Alger Hiss. The case could not be more important, for it launched the career that turned into a Presidency for Richard Milhous Nixon. Properly examined, the case reveals that Hiss was framed for a crime he didn't commit, with the full knowledge and complicity of Hoover's FBI. As with the JFK case, latter day FOIA...
  • Moritur et Ridet

    07/11/2002 12:58:42 PM PDT · by Askel5 · 33 replies · 641+ views
    Thread One ^ | 1952 | Whittaker Chambers
    The Roman Empire is luxurious but it is filled with misery. It is dying but it laughs moritur et ridet. --- Salvian But Salvian, we learned with a deflecting smile, was an extremist, though, in the hindsight of disaster, his foresight would scarcely seem overstated. What interested me was that men had smiled complacently at Salvians words when he spoke them, and men still smiled at them complacently a thousand years later the same kind of men, I was beginning to suspect,...