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Whittaker Chambers
1901 - 1961

American journalist and editor with TIME magazine. Chambers was an active communist who renounced communism and became an active anti-communist. He created an international sensation when he revealed that blue-blooded American Alger Hiss had been a spy throughout much of his senior tenure at the U.S. State Department, and he helped to convict Hiss as a spy.


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... each of us hangs always upon the cross of himself.

1952 - from the forward to his book Witness
When I took up my little sling and aimed at Communism, I also hit something else. What I hit was the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely, somewhat formlessly, but always in the name of direction, has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades.

Aug. 25, 1948 - from a statement before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee
Escapism is laudable, perhaps the only truly honorable course for humane men - but only for them. Those who remain in the world, if they will not surrender on its terms, must maneuver within its terms. That is what conservatives must decide: how much to give in order to survive at all; how much to give in order not to give up the basic principles.

from Odyssey of a Friend