Staughton Lynd

    I am reluctant to consider Staughton Lynd a full-fledged Warren critic because as far as I know he published only once on the subject, an article in The New Republic of 21 December 1963 entitled Seeds of Doubt: Some Questions About the Assassination, in which he was second author behind Jack Minnis. But what an article it was! Appearing only two days after Mark Lane's longer and better-known Oswald Innocent? A Lawyer's Brief, it is a big cut above Lane's. Where Lane distorts, Minnis-Lynd report faithfully. Where Lane tells only part, Minnis-Lynd include all. Where Lane is clearly on a mission to discredit the Warren Commission, Minnis-Lynd go for the truth. Where Lane tells, Minnis-Lynd ask. Where Lane is full of himself, Minnis-Lynd quietly keep the focus on the principals in Dallas, where it belongs. The achievement of Minnis and Lynd is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Staughton Lynd, at least (I don't know anything more about Jack Minnis), was a liberal activist much like Lane. The educated, urbane Lynd shows by example that not all dedicated Leftists need be biased and flaming.
    Staughton Lynd is now 70 years old. The short description of him is that he is a political activist, historian, and attorney who specializes in labor law. The medium one is that he is a socialist Quaker with a leaning toward Marxism, the holder of a Ph.D. from Columbia who has always felt as comfortable with the worker as with the intellectual. A longer biography is provided by Dan O'Brien in a 2 March 1999 story in The Business Journal.
    To give a better feeling for Lynd, I offer two other selections, a review of his 1996 book We Are All Leaders: The Alternative Unionism of the Early 1930s and a recent article by him entitled Overcoming Racism.

Seeds of Doubt--Annotated version