McCarthyism’s Lessons

March 19, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

According to Victor Navasky, author of the National Book Award-winning book “Naming Names,” the Cold War really consisted of three simultaneous conflicts: “the confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union; internally in the U.S. between what I called the hunted and the hunters, led by Sen. Joseph McCarthy; and a civil war in the liberal left between the anti-communists and the so-called progressives.” Currently a Columbia Graduate School of Journalism professor and chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review, Navasky participated in the “Justice and Injustice in 1950s America” lecture series at John Jay College. In his talk, “The Lessons of McCarthyism,” he discussed the first wave of hearings by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, which led to the “Hollywood Ten” blacklist.  “There are many lessons we can take from that period,” said Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation, “and resistance to an unjust authority is one.” Listen Now >>