Conform or Lose Your Job

  • Corliss Lamont
Keywords: Education, Media


One of the most significant measures of the gravity of the postwar civil liberties crisis is that political dissenters are so generally dismissed from their jobs and frequently blacklisted for future employment. The practice of firing people for their opinions and associations has spread more and more from the federal government to state and municipal governments, to education, to the entertainment industry, to the press, and to private enterprise in general. The sort of injustices and inanities operating in the federal loyalty-security program, which began as a limited and temporary emergency measure, have extended to well-nigh every sphere of work, and promise to become a permanent feature of American life.