February 9, 2005


Allen Weinstein (Michelle Diament, 2/08/05, Chronicle of Higher Education)

Allen Weinstein moved one step closer to becoming the next national archivist on Monday night, when the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved his nomination and forwarded it to the full Senate.

The nomination, which raised some eyebrows when it was announced last spring, was endorsed on an unrecorded voice vote. There was no discussion.

Mr. Weinstein's nomination was at first clouded with controversy over his past in academe and the circumstances under which the current archivist, John W. Carlin, resigned.

Concerns about Mr. Weinstein, a former professor of history and international studies at Boston University, Georgetown University, and Smith College, stemmed from his refusal to release notes from his 1978 book on the Alger Hiss case. Critics questioned what that stand portended for his work as archivist, a position with sway over scholars' access to such public records as presidential papers and other official documents.

Concern over that issue largely abated after Mr. Weinstein's appearance before the committee last July, when he asserted his commitment to access.

The Left will never forgive him for showing them to be Communist dupes in the Hiss case.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2005 8:18 AM

Wouldn't Soviet dupes be more accurate?

Posted by: Genecis at February 9, 2005 10:47 AM

Wouldn't Soviet dupes be more accurate?

Posted by: Genecis at February 9, 2005 10:47 AM

Dupes? No. And I do not know what the distinction between Soviet and Communist would be. They were not Dupes. They were true belivers, committed communists, hoping, trying, wanting, to impose communism on the United States.

Part of their tactics was to disimulate their command and control relations with Comintern. Exposing their lies, even after their hour is an offense in their eyes. Only death will still them.

Yet another reason why we need to purge academia.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 9, 2005 11:47 AM


Do you remember the 'anti-anti Communists' and that there really was an attempt as the Soviet Union was collapsing and the PRC was becoming more friendly to the US to preserve at least some legitimacy to the Hiss apologists? They had a big get-together at RU, and I went there as a hoot. It was a laugh riot,only I couldn't laugh out loud because these folks were true believers.

Posted by: Bart at February 9, 2005 12:29 PM

CCCP Lives Forever, Comrads!

Posted by: Hammer at February 9, 2005 1:14 PM

As in Armand?

The throaty, yet tepid defenses of Alger Hiss were always so embarrassing. But, to the professional left, people like John Kerry must look a lot like Alger Hiss. Got to keep pumping them (comrades).

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 10, 2005 5:23 PM

Hmm, sort of like Buckley being unable to admit he was duped by McCarthy and the bishops?

'Perjury' was a classic example of how historical research, if sources are adequate, can reveal how contemporaries made decisions without much evidence.

That's a knife that cuts on both edges, and I would have thought would worry Orrin.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at February 11, 2005 3:47 PM


Posted by: oj at February 11, 2005 4:12 PM