I. F. Stone The Best of I.F. Stone

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The Best of I.F. Stone

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Izzy Stone was a reporter, a radical, an idealist, a scholar and, it is clear, a writer whose insights have more than stood the test of time. More than fifteen years after his death, this collection of his work from I.F. Stone's Weekly and elsewhere is astonishing in its relevance to our age, addressing the clash between national security and inDividual liberty, the protection of minorities, economic fairness, social justice, and the American military abroad.

The core of Stone's genius was his newsletter, I.F. Stone's Weekly, published from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. His meticulous dissection of the news was unsurpassed, a direct descendent of the great pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, and a forerunner to the best of today's political blogs. Stone's brilliant, investigative reporting; his wonderful, impassioned style; and his commitment to his values all make this collection an inspiration, and a revelation.

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"The Romans had a saying, "Quis custodiet custodem?"--"Who will watch the watchman? The wry question applies aptly to the case of Joe McCarthy..." "In a realm of discourse in which words have lost all normal meaning, it is not surprising to hear Nixon [say]... 'I rate myself as a deeply committed pacifist.' Many men have been 'committed' for less obvious lapses from reality...." "In the Pentagon Papers, the government had a poor case on the facts. It had an even poorer case on the law. It is a pity that the upshot was not the kind of historical defense of a free press that the weak pleading and grave circumstances called for. The press did its duty but the Supreme Court did not.... It will be a miracle if this Administration, which is almost paranoid in its attitude towards the media, is not encouraged to include editors and reporters among the 'all who have violated Federal criminal laws' the Attorney General now says he will prosecute...." "Let's take it slow and easy, like a first-grade class. We live in the free world. In fact we are the leader of the free world. The other world is a world of one-party dictatorships. There people are denied the right to vote. If they try to demonstrate the police run them off to jail. Or set the dogs upon them. That's bad. To combat such wickedness, we spend $50 billion a year on arms. We spare no expense anywhere to combat the forces of evil. Our armies, our secret agents, are on all the continents, alert. But somehow all these big words and high purposes seem to evaporate when things happen in Le Flore County, Mississippi...."

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IF (Izzy) Stone (1907-1989) had a remarkable journalistic career, as an editorialist at the New York Post during the Great Depression, a long-time staffer at The Nation, and the founder and editor of his own IF Stone's Weekly, he "spoke truth to power" with an effectiveness that few have done before or since.

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