National Affairs: Frivolity

With rare candor, officials of the U.S.

Communist Party admitted last week that they had not yet figured out what, if anything, the Communist Control Act of 1954 would do to their party. This ignorance was the more understandable since the men who passed the act were quite as much in the dark.

The bill, some headline writers said, outlawed Reds. Others were of the opinion that it outlawed the Communist Party. There was some speculation about what "to outlaw" might mean. Did it mean, as some said, that the Communist Party and/or its members could not sign leases, have bank accounts or...

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