LIBEL AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM: A Lawsuit Against Political Extremists by Arnold M. Rose

LIBEL AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM: A Lawsuit Against Political Extremists

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Dr. Rose, a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota and a former member of that state's legislature, was attacked on several occasions from 1962 onwards as a ""Communist collaborator"" by Gerda Koch and her radical right-wing organization, called Christian Research, Inc. Finally, in 1965 Dr. Rose sued for libel. The trial was a three-and-a-half-week circus, with Miss Koch's like-minded attorney accusing not only Rose of being a conscious agent in a conspiracy designed to deliver this nation over to the Communists. but Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, Ralph Bunche, and the Federal Reserve Bank as well. The single piece of ""evidence"" mustered to prove the charges was culled from rabid hate-sheets or made up on the spot out of anti-Semitism, anti-intellectualism, and sheer ignorance. Dr. Rose won the case, and was awarded $20,000 in damages--which he never expects to collect. Meanwhile, Miss Koch and her friends continue to mimeograph even wilder lies about him. Nevertheless, the author feels his efforts were not in vain--and his detailed account of the whole dreary business certainly substantiates his point, that such extremists are not ""conservative"" at all, but rather are trying to subvert the very Americanism they claim to defend.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1968
Publisher: Univ. of Minnesota Press