National Affairs: The Janizariat

The same night last week that unreconstructed (and unPurged) Senator Cotton Ed Smith, in a flaming red shirt, cried "Lest we forget!" to the midnight sky of South Carolina (see p. 26), a cadaverous man with a crusading light in his eye ad dressed a banquet hall full of women Democrats in Boston's Statler Hotel. He was Harry Hopkins explaining, on the night of the Roosevelt Purge's worst de feat so far, the high motives of that his toric political operation, and its moral justification.

"I do not believe in the totalitarian state," declared...