Corliss Lamont

Email a Friend
 American author and social reformer Corliss Lamont (1902-1995), former director of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1982.

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Editors from four college newspapers question Corliss Lamont, the American Labor Party Candidate for US Senator from New York. Panel includes Maureen O'Neill of the Hunter College Arrow, Martin Deutsch of the City College Observation Post, Erwin Chafkin of the New York University Washington Square College Bulletin, and Jack Freeman of the Fordham College Ram. Topics include the Korean War, Russia and Communism, the Cold War (he calls the threat of a Russian attack against Western Europe or the US "bunk" and American propaganda that keeps people in a state of alarm), atomic control agreements with the United Nations, disarmament, Iron Curtain, nonviolent socialism, the Smith Act, campaign finance. Lamont states his opinion that there would be no danger of a military nature to the US if western European countries had become communist decades earlier; the communists do not work through military aggression. Also, communists should only be punished for actions; prosecution for speech or thought violates civil liberties.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68633
Municipal archives id: LT56