A kind word for Senator Joe McCarthy after watching the movie Trumbo

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Source: Bernstein, David, The Red Menace Revisited. Northwestern University Law Review.

The deciphered cables of the Venona Project identify 349 citizens, immigrants, and permanent residents of the United States who had had a covert relationship with Soviet intelligence agencies… Further, American cryptanalysts in the Venona Project deciphered only a fraction of the Soviet intelligence traffic, so it was only logical to conclude that many additional agents were discussed in the thousands of unread messages…

Source: Venona Decoding Soviet Espionage in America By JOHN EARL HAYNES and HARVEY KLEHR Yale University Press 1999, Chapter 1.

Shock, horror! Chinese government statistics are unreliable

My Chinese friends at a Japanese university in 1995 must have been born in the 1970s at the height of the one child policy but always had a younger brother if the first child was female.

The way to tell whether the Chinese student was the daughter of a party member was to ask if they had any brothers or sisters.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed #OnThisDay 1939

Most accurate attack ad ever from 1933

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The Communist Party in the good old days

The Communist Party was a conspiracy controlled and financed by a hostile foreign power that recruited members for clandestine work and used that apparatus to collaborate with espionage services of that power. Communist party treason from 1939 to when Germany attacked the USSR is one of many examples.

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A close contemporary analogy to  the Communist Party in its heyday would be a Fundamentalist Muslim party running for elected office while partly funded by Al Qaeda, whose policies are dictated by Al Qaeda, and whose leaders and members have aided Al Qaeda via espionage activities. It is hardly clear that free speech requires a government to tolerate the existence of such a party, and that the government could not close it as a criminal conspiracy.

The Venona intercepts revealed Wally Clayton, a leading official within the Communist Party of Australia, was the chief organiser of Soviet intelligence gathering in Australia. It was Venona intercepts that led Chifley to set-up ASIO.

As Bob Carr recently recalled, Paul Keating, as president of Young Labor in 1968, always referred to the Left of the ALP as “the comms”. Important figures in the ALP Left were dual members of the Communist Party of Australia.

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