Undermining Congress

Johnson, Gerald W.
August 1956
New Republic;8/6/56, Vol. 135 Issue 6, p10
The article focuses on playwright Arthur Miller, who refused to answer a question posed to him by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Representative Donald Jackson, a member of the committee, arguing for the citation, said there were no legal grounds for Miller's refusal to answer. Miller did not claim that it would be illegal for him to answer, he merely claimed that it would be indecent. Perhaps he would say that it is a point that he does not need to answer, but that is wrong. It most decidedly needs an answer, for if the Congress of the United States has put pressure on a citizen of the U.S. to do an indecent thing, then the Congress itself has acted indecently.


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