The Clare Spark Blog

December 4, 2013

McCarthyism, then and now

Schine, McCarthy, Cohn

Schine, McCarthy, Cohn

First read this fine article first published in 2005: Harvey Klehr on Joseph McCarthy, publ. Dec. 4, 2013. Then see my blog on M. Stanton Evans’s recent biography of Joe McCarthy: In an exhaustive review of continued resistance to the presence of Communists at large in academe, Professor Klehr hints that it is a mistake to admire McCarthy because he did not have the proof that briefly opened Soviet archives after 1989 have disgorged, and that Harvey Klehr,  John Earl Haynes, Alexander Vassiliev, Mark Kramer, and Ron Radosh have publicized. (Add important books on the Rosenbergs [Radosh and Milton] and Alger Hiss [Allen Weinstein] that were published before the fall of the Soviet Empire.)

To most of those who control curricula and the media, Joseph McCarthy is considered to be a far right zealot, an opportunist, and a disgraced drunk. Many of those who defended his victims argue that it was not communism that was McCarthy’s target, but the entire apparatus of progressivism/the New Deal State. In any case, the focus on McCarthy’s personality and careless “smears” has deflected attention from 1. actual communist penetration of the US government, and 2. the blurring of the boundaries between social democrats (liberals) and communists under direct control from the Comintern–all arguably practitioners of bureaucratic collectivism/statism.

In this blog, I ask why more attention has not been paid to the authoritarian liberals who aided FDR in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and why I had to be the one to expose them, as I have done on my website and in my book on the Melville Revival. Was it only Popular Front politics that silenced the critics of crypto-fascism in America, wherein the progressive bourgeoisie joined ranks with Stalinists and Trotskyists to oppose Nazism, Italian Fascism, and Franco’s Spain? Or was it the alliance with postwar West Germany to fight the Cold War?

Here is a partial index of blogs that exposed the authoritarian liberals for all to see. Their co-optation of Nazi or German methods for controlling “the little guy” was inexcusable, unless you understand that progressivism was always elitist and top-down, averse to dramatically improving public education in economics, the law, and the institutions of government that favored upward mobility. Some readers have appreciated their import, some readers like the blogs from neo-Nazi sentiments, while mostly they have been ignored, with the exception of a few devoted artists, libertarians and anarchists. I must add that no reviewer of my book publicized the revelations of crypto-Nazism in social psychology at Harvard and other eminent universities, even when they liked my Melville criticism. For that reason, I have posted the more daring excerpts from the book on the website.

Redscarecomic (much of this one was in the first draft of my dissertation, but not published)


  1. Ms.Spark: I’ve stumbled into your site a few years back and find you beyond intelligent and if possible over informative. I am not an intellectual but have been bitten by the history bug. To make matters a little worse my Father was a domestic cold warrior and when he moved to Whittier from Colorado in 1938 he became friends with a young attorney, yes THAT attorney, Nixon. Roy Brewer attended my fathers funeral not all that long before he passed himself. I do not believe Nixon to be incarnate evil as some above seem to think he was pro-Nazi yet he gave Israel much aid when needed. All this preface for this one question. At what time was McCarthy’s aid, he was for a short time his colleague, he got Alger Hiss convicted of perjury is that a crime? As we all know now Hiss was guilty. Nixon had his issues but I believe he was less slimy than Johnson and Kennedy and if you read his book “the Real War” there is a excellent primer for all High Schoolers in foreign policy and the cold war. Sooner or later we are going to have to drop our hate of this man and engage the history, he was very adept to world affairs, far superior than Kennedy or Johnson and a better friend to Israel too. Obama deserves far more critical review than Nixon at this point.

    Comment by Raymond N. Fleischman Jr. — January 29, 2014 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  2. I never spoke of Von Braun, I meant other nazis, much more dangerous…like Reder, Skorzeny, Gehlen, etc.

    I’m still not convinced either can be labelled pro-NAZI, but I understand your anger. I knew a man who considered Von Braun a war criminal who should have been tried at Nuremberg then hung. Von Braun had helped design the rockets that killed members of his family. I understand his anger too.

    Comment by Michael Hiteshew — January 6, 2014 @ 1:51 am | Reply

  3. McCarthy (and his right hand man Nixon) were pro-nazi idiots (instrumental in making sure that many nazi criminals could make it into the US)

    So, by your definition, Ike Eisenhower, the general who led the effort to destroy the NAZI regime, was pro-NAZI because he brought Wernher von Braun into the US and attached him to the group doing rocket development. And JFK was also pro-NAZI since he made Von Braun head of the Apollo Program?

    Therefore, Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy were pro-NAZI idiots, by your reasoning. Well done there.

    Comment by Michael Hiteshew — January 5, 2014 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

    • Michael Hiteshew was addressing HaDaR’s comment.

      Comment by clarelspark — January 5, 2014 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

    • Oh no, absolutely no! I never even implied such a stupid thing!
      I never spoke of Von Braun, I meant other nazis, much more dangerous…like Reder, Skorzeny, Gehlen, etc.
      Eisenhower is actually the one who got rid of pro-nazi and virulent antisemite MacCarthy when that nut started calling even General Mac Arthur a “commie”… showing how sick he was…
      JFK, on the contrary, was the one who FINALLY got rid of Reinhard Gehlen’s network of nazi spies, who had been hired in block, thousands of them, by the OAS around the end of W.W. II, as a full standing network, then serving officially under another master but with the same ideas and actually serving their “third way” ideas; all that given the total lack of spies on the ground on the part of the US… Those nazi spies were for many years the only and then the main source of intel in the Eastern block during the beginning of the Cold Was, the years that set the tone for many years to come (can you imagine how objective they were such obsessively anti-Bolshevik SS criminals and what kind of intel they were supplying!??). Check the Congress documents on the issue and the work by John Loftus exactly on that matter, since Loftus was the ONLY person not in the CIA to have ever had the highest and full security clearance exactly to investigate the matter of nasi criminals…

      JFK upset lots of people in the CIA and at Foggy Bottom, since, in spite of his father, he was the most anti-nazi and the least antisemite and most pro-Israel president ever (he ended the US weapons embargo on Israel!), choosing not by chance his brother Bob as his right hand man…someone who already in the mid forties had been in Israel and who was not by chance assassinated by a “Palestinian”, Mr. Sirhan Sirhan… Remember? And do you remember who was one of the main allied of the nazis in the Middle East, together with the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Al Banna and the Syrian and Iraqi Baath Socialist? That was the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin Al Husseini, who LIVED in Berlin 1941-1943 and even got the “privilege” of founding the Hansar SS Division in Bosnia…
      Ike and the Kennedy’s did not believe that one had to be pro-nazi in order to be anti-communist. That was the difference between them and McCarthy-Nixon.

      Comment by HaDaR — January 6, 2014 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  4. Was Joe McCarthy Right?

    Short answer, yes. Absolutely. Hollywood was heavily infiltrated by communists, as was Californian academia, from the 30’s onward. The larger question is, should that be illegal? That answer is no. But it should be highlighted and called out into the light. Escpecially since the objective of communists is the destruction of freedom and capitalism (which is intricately linked to freedom). The crime, in my eyes, was the hidden nature of the CPUSA’s influence in Hollywood, the music industry (Woody Guthrie) and journalism. Those people were working for the advancement of the interests of a foreign power, the USSR, and were, in my opinion, traitors. Which was McCarthy’s point.

    BTW, the Left practices McCarthyism to a degree never even approached the Right. And it continues to this day, and is accelerating.

    Comment by Michael Hiteshew — January 5, 2014 @ 10:23 am | Reply

    • But the movies that reds made in the 1930s were more populist than communist. The only communist movie I can remember is The Salt of the Earth, produced and written by blacklisted writers after the war. Still, McCarthy did all the mischief that has been attributed to him.

      Comment by clarelspark — January 5, 2014 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

      • Some of the pro-Communist films made by Hollywood Communists were more blatant than others. ‘Song of Russia’ and ‘Mission to Moscow’ were embarrassingly ham-fisted, but most of their efforts were more subtle, presenting businessmen as villains, etc. More important than the films they made were those they were able to prevent. Through its control of the Screen Writers Guild and studio script approval offices, the CP was able to squelch projects based on books including Koestler’s ‘Darkness at Noon’ and Kravchenko’s ‘I Chose Freedom,’ according to Dalton Trumbo.

        Comment by Mark La Rochelle — August 26, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

      • Screenwriter and ardent Stalinist Jay Leyda, also a major Melville reviver, was heavily involved with both movies you mention. He has a whole chapter in my book just about him. He was that important.

        Comment by clarelspark — August 26, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

    • McCarthy (and his right hand man Nixon) were pro-nazi idiots (instrumental in making sure that many nazi criminals could make it into the US) and that is as unamerican as communism. Many well documented texts have been published on the subject.
      Today, McCarthy-like practices are more than ever at work, with the total persecution as “islamophobic” (a term invented by the Muslim Brootherhood for Western dummies) anyone who exposes the condition of dhimmitude lived by non muslims in the muslim world and the autocratic, misogynist, medieval, primitive, undeveloped, regressive and liberty-killing nature of of Islam and of all the Islamic countries. To do so, four billion dollars were given by muslim satrapies (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc.) to the main US universities for decades (see: “ The Arab Lobby by Mitchell Bard), “Middle East Studies” departments and chairs were created, where there is no mention of Israel if not to defame her, and no Hebrew courses, departments and chairs funded and manned by Arab satrapies. There are even free textbooks distributed to K-12 level schools, and K-12 teacher training courses offered (more and more since 1990 and exponentially grown since 9/11) in which history is distorted by incredible omissions (i.e.: nowhere mentioned the Arab attacks on Israel on her most sacred day, Yom Kippur, in 1973) and muslim propaganda; even PBS stations and many other electronic and printed media have received millions in Arab grants (no strings attached!! [síc!]. Schools have even “taught” about “diversity” having their students pray as muslims, dress as muslims, etc. … Just imagine the outcry from the ACLU etc. if any public school had kids wear a kippah as observant Jews, and taught them how to read the Torah, to get ready for a Bar/Bat Mitzswa, or taught the laws of kashruth and family purity… Or had kids shaven and dressed in red as Tibetan Monks, or in Orange as other buddhists… or as Catholic priests and nuns…
      Try and say anything in public schools about FGM (female genital mutilation) practiced by hundreds of millions of muslims on hundreds of thousands of children every year, or female segregation and total lack of civil rights and independent legal status in Shariah, and you’ll see if you’ll be allowed to do it, or if you’ll be burnt at the mediatic stake by today’s MCarthy-like squads of “political correctness enforcement”, bipartisan but certainly worsened under Barack Hussein.

      Comment by HaDaR — January 5, 2014 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  5. There are, if I remember correctly, references to McCarthy’s aide, Richard Nixon, and their role in bringing Nazis into the US, in John Loftus’ book: “The Secret War Against the Jews”, which is filled with interesting pearls…
    BTW, Loftus is not Jewish and had the highest possible security clearance from Congress to snoop around unpublished and top secret documents in his work to bring to light Nazi networks. If I am not mistaken, the book also mentioned something you dealt with in another post of yours, on Ben Hecht, and speaks about FBI’s obstacles to him and his activity…

    Comment by HaDaR — December 7, 2013 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

    • Richard Nixon was never McCarthy’s aide. Nixon served on HUAC, where he busted Alger Hiss in 1948. McCarthy didn’t make his initial charges until two years later. When McCarthy became chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Operations and of its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Nixon was Vice President.

      Comment by Mark La Rochelle — August 26, 2015 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

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