The episode not only forever changed Walt's attitude toward his workers--he finally left it to Roy to settle the dispute--but prompted him to name names a few years later to the House UnAmerican Activities Committee
, seeing communist influence underlying the labor movement.
He then had a really serious brush with Senator McCarthy and the House Unamerican Activities Committee
When Arthur Miller died in 2005, obituary writers saluted his standing as one of America's greatest playwrights and praised his moral courage for refusing to name names of Communist Party members before the House Unamerican Activities Committee
, or HUAC.
The hearings conducted by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee
for several decades during the Cold War and the solo hearings by a member of that committee's Senate counterpart, Joe McCarthy, demonstrate the dangers inherent in Harman's legislation.
In an attempt to vindicate the McCarthy attacks half a century ago, Ronald (Hudson Institute) and writer Allis describe the nefarious influence of the Communist Party in the film industry, and explain that all the sensible people had long since become disillusioned with the left by the time the House Unamerican Activities Committee
came to town.
Baraka: That I hadn't told them that I was a red, that I had been fucking with people who were on the House Unamerican Activities Committee