The seeds of American division: The Alger Hiss trial

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  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Before Vietnam, there was this case, where festering ideological wounds first were opened.

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brotherkennyOct. 29, 13 8:33 PM

Ideologues are not elite in any sense of the word. Both Hiss and Chambers were followers. A Harvard law degree now gets you tagged as a conformist with monetary desires, likely from a somewhat soft upbringing. Chambers went from one made up belief system to another, which means he never learned. I have commented previously on both the tactical and appearance similarities between Joe McCarthy and Ted Cruz. I find it hard to believe people are that stupid, but I guess they are.

mmediaOct. 29, 13 9:50 PM

I never understand when the label elitist is thrown around. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "Elitist is as elitist does." I and my $100 cross country skis were once called "elitist" by a guy with a full size SUV towing four snowmobiles. That rig cost way more than what I paid for my house, but I was the elitist? I always thought using my own power for recreation would make me tough - "strong like bull"- but it has only made me queer in the eyes of those determined to win the culture war.

loop80Oct. 29, 1310:59 PM

The average and below-average have always hated the "curve-busters", the people who exercised their brains. Because they can't understand that level of intelligence, they denigrate it.

redblack30Oct. 30, 13 8:56 AM

The "division" is a lot older than the Hiss trial. The struggle between rich and poor goes back to the beginning of civilization. The Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, the roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and the New Deal all preceded the Hiss trial. Using Fascism to discredit conservatives, and Communism to discredit liberals goes way back.

Diogenes9Oct. 30, 13 9:28 AM

Recently opened KGB records demonstrated that Hiss was indeed on the payroll of the Soviet Union. Where does that leave all the liberal theories about his case now?

oscarbaumOct. 30, 1310:58 AM

You can draw your own conclusions about the Hiss case but I bet most younger people (under 40) don't know a thing about it. This article was a terrific telling of that particular moment of American history.

buttlesOct. 30, 1312:52 PM

The "seeds of division" began with Ronald Reagan and his war on the working and middle classes.

braxozOct. 30, 13 4:03 PM

buttlesOct. 30, 1312:52 PM The "seeds of division" began with Ronald Reagan and his war on the working and middle classes ___________ I posit that the "seeds of division" began with the passage of the Civil Rights/Voting Acts in the mid Sixties along with the "war on Poverty" programs. The loss of "White Privilege" was felt intensely by those on the lower income spectrum and those in the Southern States when all citizens could vote. They put Reagan into power and continue to be the backbone of the neo-GOP and especially the emergent Tea Party faction.

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