National Affairs: The Big Knife

In Cleveland last week, gathering for its eleventh convention and looking a little white around the lips, the C.I.O. got ready to perform a major operation on itself. The trouble was an old and chronic one — its chronically inflamed Communist appendix.

President Phil Murray had tried every other kind of cure, including just trying not to think about it. He had warned left-wing leaders to quit acting like Communists or get out. But the trouble still persisted. Party-liners continued to defy him. There was nothing left to do but use the knife.


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