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Truth, Misinterpretation, or Left-Wing McCarthyism?
Dennis H. Wrong
Vol. 11, No. 4 (Dec., 1996), pp. 613-621
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/684908
Page Count: 9
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It is "left-wing McCarthyism" to suggest that there was anything morally questionable or idiosyncratic about Talcott Parsons's 1948 effort to recruit displaced Soviet citizens for the Harvard Russian Research Center. There is no definite evidence that any of the people Parsons interviewed were "war criminals" by Nuremberg standards. The suggestion that Parsons aided possible Nazi collaborators stems from an ideologically motivated unwillingness to recognize the totalitarian and expansionist nature of the Soviet Union under Stalin which is unworthy of serious consideration.
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