Not about Schiavo!
bobsheridan at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 22 21:17:53 PST 2005
The bio of playwright Arthur Miller by Martin Gottfried (Da Capo, 2003)
notes that before and during the McCarthy hearings (HUAC) non-official
civilians kept black lists and watch lists by which they pressured
Hollywood studios to get rid of leftist writers and directors.
Gottfried observes that leaks from committee were made by staffers who
were more anti-communist than the officials. The smear as red, pink,
or fellow-traveler, was enough to lose you your job. This of course
spreads to school districts and teachers, as well as to government
officials such as in the State Department. Once the contagion takes
root, the acts in support come easy to stamp out writing, joining,
signing, etc. With the South and McCarthy existing side-by-side, I
should think that the acts of one might inspire the other, such as going
after membership lists of the NAACP. There's a chilling effect.
Volokh, Eugene wrote:
> Can I impose on fellow list members for a bit of free research?
>I'd like a citation for the proposition that 1950s and 1960s Southern
>attempts to restrict pro-civil-rights speech involved a broad pattern of
>restrictions, in which the backers of some restrictions borrowed from
>and expanded on the work of backers of other restrictions. That seems
>to me plainly true -- I'm not saying that there was a coherent
>Pan-Southern plan there, but rather that speech-restriction movements
>naturally operate this way even without deliberate planning. In any
>case, I was hoping that someone would have a quick citation that I can
>use for this proposition. Many thanks,
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