April 5, 1949
Red Rumpus (continued)
In the Beginning such people were prominent liberals who were lured into sponsoring or joining organization that seemed American enough at the time. When the Moscow-directed line emerged, numerous liberals quit. But others like those below stuck it out. Some of them were receptive to shrewd Communistic persuasiveness. Some in high positions stubbornly ignored their critics in the honest belief that there would eventually be a meeting of the minds. Still others cynically pursued personal ambition, thinking that Communists could help them along with their careers. Not a few became so notorious that they were accused of being actual members of the party. Some of those pictured here publicly and sincerely repudiate Communism, but this does not alter the fact that they are of great use to Communist cause.
Indeed membership would damage their special usefulness. Innocently or not, they accomplish quite as much as for the Kremlin in their glamorous way as a card holder does in his drab toil. The Communist-front organizations have been exposed often enough, however, so that by now the perennial joiner whose friends try to excuse him be is "just a dupe," is clearly a superdupe
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Row 2: Charles Chaplin, Movie Actor and Producer; Philip Morrison, Atomic Physicist; Olin Downes, Music Critic; O. John Rogge, Lawyer; Lyman R. Bradley, Professor of German.
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