COMMUNISTS: Third-Round Knockdown

In the world that the Communist Party wants and works for, a case of subversion could be handled with a commissar's rubber stamp and the click of a key in a cell door. But it took the U.S. nine years—from 1950 to last week—just to get the Communist Party of the U.S. legally labeled subversive.

Under a law that went into the books in 1950, the five-member Subversive Activities Control Board ruled in 1953 that the Communist Party of the U.S. was subversive, had to register with the U.S. Government, disclose its revenue sources, names and addresses of its members. In...

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