In reference to your articles on the Hollywood blacklist, I personally have become involved in a disturbing situation which suggests that many writers who were around 40 years ago, even some who went in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, have forgotten the lessons of that era.
I qualified for and was invited to join the Writers Guild of America. I filled out the application completely until I came to the last page. There the applicant is asked whether he or she worked during the WGA strikes of 1981 and 1985 (even if they were not allowed to join the Guild), and if the applicant did work, to "please list the companies for whom you rendered writing services. . . ."
I refused to answer these questions not because they would incriminate me, but because I found them morally reprehensible and an infringement on my constitutional right to privacy. I also felt that the WGA was encouraging its applicants to name the names of producers whose policies the Guild did not approve of.
I was not allowed to join the union because I did not sign this paper. That decision by the Membership Board can only hurt my career. I met with them to argue my point, but they did not change their ruling.