Martin Dies along with Samuel Dickstein created the House Committee Investigating Un-American Activities, initially nicknamed the Dies Committee, later becoming HUAC in 1946. Dies was its first chairman, serving from 1937 to 1944. Samuel Dickstein, himself was named in the Venona project as a Soviet agent. In pre-war years and during World War II, HUAC was known as the Dies Committee. Its work was supposed to be aimed mostly at German American involvement in Nazi and Ku Klux Klan activity, such as the German American Bund. As to investigations into the activities of the "Klan,", the Committee actually did little. ... While there had been earlier Congressional hearings on communist and Nazi activity, such as by Hamilton Fish in 1932 and McCormack and Dickstein in 1934, the Dies Committee hearings captured greater public attention and scrutiny. In 1938, the Committee was criticized for including Shirley Temple, who was 10 years old at the time, on a list of Hollywood figures who sent greetings to the leftist Communist-owned French newspaper, Ce Soir.And the Dies committee continued after that, expanding into other committees and also into Reagan's efforts at Screen Actors Guild. So it wasn't Wilkerson Sr who started the attempt to clean up Hollywood. He was just one of the participants. In NPR's interview with Wilkerson Jr, the real motive for his craven apology emerges. It sounds like Junior is trying to get back into Hollywood's good graces to advance his own career. Commies never forgive. They are aristocrats above all, firmly tied to the notions of inherited class, inherited virtue and inherited guilt. So they weren't taking Junior's calls because they remembered his father. Nice little mirror. Junior hates his father for acting out of personal revenge, but loves the cool people when they act out of personal revenge. This has echoes of recantations in the real Soviet Union, but most of those men suffered years of hard labor and torture before they recanted of their sins against Stalin. Junior has suffered only career limitation. Shame. = = = = = Sidenote: Seeing the mention of Agent Samuel Dickstein at the start of the committee, I wondered if the whole HUAC thing was a Soviet 'provocateur' effort. It's clear that the final McCarthy train-wreck was completely scripted and operated by Agent Jewfag Roy Cohn, but it doesn't appear that HUAC was operated by Dickstein. According to this compilation, Dickstein took quite a bit of money from the Russians in exchange for information about pro-German groups, but failed to provide any information. KGB codenamed him 'Crook'. When Dies became chairman, KGB broke off all connections with Dickstein.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.