National Affairs: The Interminable Trial

Franz Kafka's The Trial is a parable of modern man's vague, gnawing anxiety; the accused never learns the charge or the evidence against him. The U.S. Senate, in its repeated and unsuccessful efforts to pass judgment on Joe McCarthy, keeps writing an even more modern parable: it hears the evidence again and again, as a way of postponing the verdict.

Last week the special committee whose job it is to decide whether the Senate should censure McCarthy met under the chairmanship of Utah's Senator Arthur Vivian Watkins. Before it. or at least available to it, was more evidence about McCarthy than any...

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