Sam Francis on McCarthy

At the Social Pathologist blog, there is a piece about Joe McCarthy, that great bogey-man of the Left, as seen by Sam Francis.

Francis was always an inspiration to me, and his writings helped me clarify my thinking on the issues about which I’ve been blogging these last 10 years.

I haven’t read Francis’ essay on McCarthy in full, but judging by what I read in this blog piece, it would be worthwhile to read it in its entirety.

One important point that Francis apparently brings home in the essay was the fact that McCarthy was a populist. This is especially relevant today, with a long-overdue populist resurgence building.

In Francis’ words:

It was McCarthy’s accomplishment to infuse into the American Right the militancy of a counterrevolutionary movement, and the large following he attracted tends to confirm that there was indeed what Chambers called a “jagged fissure” between the elite and the “plain men and women of the nation” on the issue of the relationship between the elite and communism. The militant anti-liberal and anticommunist movement that McCarthy was the first to instigate also underlay the Goldwater movement of the early 1960s, the Wallace following of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the “New Right” of the last decade. Every time these mass expressions of anti-liberalism have appeared, mainstream conservatives and the Republican party have hastened to take political advantage of them and use them to gain political office—as Eisenhower did in 1952, Nixon in 1968, and Reagan in 1980. Yet every time also, those who gained office have proceeded to ignore, to compromise, or actually to betray the constituency on which their officeholding was based. They have done so because they are themselves part of or closely connected to the elite against which this constituency is mobilized.”

The blog piece mentions that in recent years, the Venona papers have vindicated Joe McCarthy to a great extent, but I find it extremely frustrating that the vast majority of Americans have not even heard of the Venona revelations. The media and academia, of course, have done a great job of suppressing that information. So McCarthy continues to be vilified as a paranoiac, a ”witch-hunter” even to this day. I often wonder if this can ever be corrected.

I recommend reading the whole blog post, and of course I always recommend reading Sam Francis.


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