I.F. Stone (1907–1989) was an American journalist and publisher whose self-published newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, challenged the conservatism of American journalism in the midcentury. A Noncomformist History of Our Times (1989) is a six-volume anthology of Stone’s writings.

IN THE REVIEW

The Rights of Gorbachev

In surrendering to Gorbachev’s demands for a Moscow human rights conference in 1991, the American government shut its eyes on two key issues. The first is that the USSR will be able to hold the conference without changing the laws and practices that were responsible for past human rights abuses …

Another Betrayal by Psychiatry?

Seventeen years ago I attacked the World Psychiatric Association in these pages in “Betrayal by Psychiatry” for refusing to hear complaints from Soviet dissidents, including Andrei Sakharov, about the political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union. The WPA staged a repeat performance a few weeks ago at a regional …

Was There a Witch Hunt in Ancient Athens?

Socrates’ martyrdom and the genius of Plato made him a secular saint, the superior man confronting the ignorant mob with serenity and humor. This was Socrates’ triumph and Plato’s masterpiece. Socrates needed the hemlock, as Jesus needed the Crucifixion, to fulfill a mission. The mission left a stain forever on …

From the Greek

1    Hope is forever stealing the little time life allots us, and our last dawn overtakes us with so many dreams unfulfilled. —Julius Polyaenus of Sardis (1st c. BC) Greek Anthology, Vol. 3, edited by W.R.Paton, (Loeb Classical Library), pp.6-7 2    The Evening Star …

A Shah Lobby Next?

—Washington Since the Shah insists that he has left Iran only for a winter vacation, isn’t there some way for Carter to send him pictures of snowbound Chicago and suggest he try Tahiti? This billionaire refugee spells trouble. The US government has a weakness for lost causes and for …

The Hope

—September 20 By the time this reaches readers about two weeks hence, they and the world will have been on exactly the kind of hair-raising roller coaster that tested the nerves of Center, Sadat, and Begin—and their aides—during Camp David. The newspapers and the radio waves will have been …