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  •  Barbara Kingsolver's chlling McCarthy-era novel (1+ / 0-)
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    (Which, regrettably, I can't remember the title of) starts off very slowly as the half-American protagonist remembers his childhood.  He grows up in the home of Frida and Diego, who give shelter to Trotsky and his family.  The young man does clerical work for Trotsky as part of his responsibilities in the household.  Later, after Trotsky's death, he goes to America and finds work as a teacher.Strange tension gro as McCarthism takes hold of th ecountry.

    Then the agents are in his home, asking intrusive questions again.  'Don't I have rights?' he asks.  'Privacy protections?'  'Yes, you do,' the agent says.'but falling back on those rights during questioning only makes us wonder what you've got to hide.  Because, if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear.'

    A paraphrase, from memory.

    'If you have nothing to hide,you have nothing to fear.  If you object to providing information, you must have something to hide.  If you have something to hide, we have to investigate you further' is my recollectio of the agent's train of thought.

    Hope this is not off-topic.  Bruh1's comments brought it to mind.

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