Current Moves to Outlaw Communist Party
Pressure for New Laws to Combat Subversion
Congress is at present under heavy public pressure to outlaw the Communist party in the United States and to deny its candidates a place on the ballot in all federal, state and local elections. Such extreme action has been avoided in the past, despite the urgings of anti-Communist groups, because most members of Congress have felt that it would constitute a radical departure from American traditions of political toleration. But mounting anti-red sentiment has brought a revival of earlier proposals for restrictive legislation, and bills to outlaw the Communist party are now under active consideration by two committees of the House.1
Despite almost universal distrust of Communists, there is still a sharp division of ...