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Lying for the Cause

John on December 28, 2005 at 11:33 am

Sacco and Vanzetti were socialist thugs who murdered a couple people and were convicted and executed for their crime. Perhaps that’s not much of a shocker given that they were excecuted about 75 years ago. However, the left has argued for decades that the two were innocent. [HT: The Corner]

What is a shocker then is the fact that renowned socialist Upton Sinclair, who wrote a book arguing that the two were unjustly convicted because of their socialist views, knew they were guilty and never revealed it publicly. This fact came to light through a private letter bought at auction by a Newport Beach attorney.

The LA Times story requires registration but here is a bit of it:

During his research for “Boston,” Sinclair met with Fred Moore, the men’s attorney, in a Denver motel room. Moore “sent me into a panic,” Sinclair wrote in the typed letter that Hegness found at the auction a decade ago. “Alone in a hotel room with Fred, I begged him to tell me the full truth,” Sinclair wrote. ” He then told me that the men were guilty, and he told me in every detail how he had framed a set of alibis for them.”

What’s most interesting in light of current events is why Sinclair kept this to himself. Besides the obvious desire not to undercut his own work, he also feared for his life:

“My wife is absolutely certain that if I tell what I believe, I will be called a traitor to the movement and may not live to finish the book,” Sinclair wrote Robert Minor, a confidant at the Socialist Daily Worker in New York, in 1927.

The story ends with an interview with an 80 year old descendent of the 1920s socialist scene:

“They all lied,” said Gambera, a retired English professor living in San Rafael. “They did it for the cause.”

How much of the modern left is still living this way? Joe Wilson seems an obvious recent example. The student who recently claimed the FBI showed up after he requested a copy of Mao’s Red Book, is another. One can only wonder who else is lying for the cause (or should I say the Kos?).

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