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In 1955, the American Friends Service Committee published a pamphlet, fairly ridiculous in retrospect, advising Americans against “hysteria” regarding the sundry brutalities of the Soviet Union and maintaining that the Soviet expansionism of the time was in no essential way different from the American expansion to the west. As a historical matter, the pamphlet is memorable for two reasons: The first is that the American Friends Service Committee suppressed, at the time, the name of one of the work’s authors, owing to the fact that he was a homosexual. The second, ironic in...

 

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