we are a vernal equinox people

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 21, 2005

Leftist playwright Arthur "The Crucible" Miller died recently. Mark Steyn fails to join in the general gush.

He wasn't amiable enough to be an amiable dunce but he was the most useful of the useful idiots. It was a marvellous inspiration to recast the communist 'hysteria' of the 1950s as the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. Many people have pointed out the obvious flaw -- that there were no witches, whereas there were certainly communists. For one thing, they were gobbling up a lot of real estate: they seized Poland in 1945, Bulgaria in '46, Hungary and Romania in '47, Czechoslovakia in '48, China in '49; they very nearly grabbed Greece and Italy; they were the main influence on the nationalist movements of Africa and Asia. Imagine the Massachusetts witch trials if the witches were running Virginia, New York and New Hampshire, and you might have a working allegory.

Spot on, Mr. Steyn. And now that you mention it, the witch hunt hysteria metaphor has some currency still today within Catholic clerical circles. To tweak the historical circumstances ad rem: if the commissioners at the Salem witch trials had flown into the Assizes on broomsticks, summarily exonerated the crones accused, cursed the town crier, and offered to pay the therapy bill for those stableboys their weird sisters had changed into centipedes -- that would give you your working allegory.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2005 9:49 PM ET USA

    Everyone talks about the Salem Witch Trials. Does anyone know how many people actually died because of them? I have read that there were countless trials, but I've also read that you could count the number of actual deaths on one hand. Do I think death was a bit severe? Yes - I think we should believe in the power of God in all things, especially conversions. Do I think that anyone who wasn't a witch was killed? No - these people wouldn't kill other people for slight reasons.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Feb. 22, 2005 2:12 PM ET USA

    It is relevant that here in the United States we heard about Fatima in the 1952 movie "The Miracle of our Lady of Fatima." It doesn't take a genius to figure out how important it is that Our Blessed Mother came to Fatima and why. Her quote "in the end my Immaculate Heart will Triumph and there will be peace." It is possible she will be the one who will crush the harden heads of these witches, heretics and evil doers. God's mericful heart must be heavily burdened by this prevalent evil.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2005 11:29 AM ET USA

    Dangle the truth between the eyes of any proponent of the Left & you can get a reaction ranging from hysterical dithering at your having been so rude as to have supposed he/she may have been wrong about something, to rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth invective hurled your way for being a mindless reactionary of the right. Either way, they won't let you get a single word in after your initial statement. They live & propagate lies, the great & the small, & hate themselves in the knowledge that they do.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2005 10:26 PM ET USA

    I agree with Karen. Whether or not there were any witches in Salem, Mass. in the 1690s, there certainly are witches and warlocks in our modern-day cities.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2005 6:53 PM ET USA

    I haven't studied a lot about the Salem witch trials. They little I have suggests that there was a lot of hysteria. But just because there may not have been any witches at Salem doesn't mean there aren't witches. I've known some. Some are just involved in silliness, some are more serious and can be dangerous. Satan is real and will use those who think they are using him.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2005 1:36 PM ET USA

    This fear of and often hatred of the truth is one good reason why the twentieth century has produced so little of literary value. It would inlcude the output of the Second Vatican Council as well everything published by the Government, Universities, and most publishing houses.