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New York IntellectualsThe Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left From the 1930s to the 1980s$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635941

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635941.001.0001

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Apostates and True Believers

Apostates and True Believers

(p.267) Chapter 9 Apostates and True Believers
New York Intellectuals

Alan M. Wald

University of North Carolina Press

The political and cultural landscape of the years after World War II are explored in relation to the deradicalization of one-time revolutionary intellectuals. The transformation of Stalinism into a kind of “Red Fascism” is one aspect, along with the activities of the intellectuals in the American Committee for Cultural Freedom and in relation to McCarthyism. The problem of apostasy is addressed by looking at intellectuals such as Sidney Hook, Will Herberg, Felix Morrow, Jean van Heijenoort, and many more. On the other hand, the sectarianism associated with orthodoxy is treated in regard to the evolution of the Socialist Workers Party and the conflict with Bert Cochran as well as the career of George Novack.

Keywords:   Red fascism, McCarthyism, apostasy, political orthodoxy, Socialist Workers Party, Sidney Hook, Jean van Heijenoort, Felix Morrow, Bert Cochran, George Novack, Will Herberg, American Committee for Cultural Freedom, sectarianism

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