“The violence committed against Charles Murray and others at Middlebury College is a significant event in the annals of free speech.” Daniel Henninger
“McCarthyism, the word, stands for the extreme repression of ideas and for silencing speech.” Ibid
Editor’s Note: Henninger should have labeled these student/thugs “Marxist/Leninist radicals” instead of “McCarthyist radicals” who “hound, repress and attack conservatives.” The following bibliography will correct the misapplication of Senator Joe McCarthy and his important stance against America’s enemies: (a) William Buckley and L. Brent Bozell, McCarthy and his Enemies; (b) M. Stanton Evans, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and his Fight Against America’s Enemies; (c) Fred Schwarz, You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists); (d) Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel, The Venona Secrets; (e) Eugene Lyons, The Red Decade; (f) Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov, The Secret World of American Communism.
McCarthyism at Middlebury
Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2017, p. A 17
The violence committed against Charles Murray and others at Middle-bury College is a significant’event in the annals of free speech. Since the day the Founding Fathers planted the three words, “freedom of speech” in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Americans and their institutions have had to contend with attempts to suppress speech.
The right to speak freely has survived not merely because of many eloquent Supreme Court decisions but also because America’s political and .institutional leadership, whatever else their differences, has stood together to defend this right. But maybe not any longer. America’s campuses have been in the grip of a creeping McCarthyism for years. McCarthyism, the word, stands for the extreme regression of ideas and for silencing speech. In the 1950s, Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy turned his name into a word of generalized disrepute by using the threat of communism, which was real to ruin innocent individuals’ careers and reputations.
Today polite liberals—in politics, academia and the media arts—watch in silent assent as McCarythyist radicals hound, repress and attack conservatives like Charles Murray for what they think, write and say. Continue reading