The trouble with McCarthyism is that it is paranoia and it destroys democracy. So many innocent people were the victims of McCarthyism and were blacklisted and could not find jobs. Lucille Ball was accused of being a communist because she supported labor rights. She went on to become the richest person in Hollywood due to the popularity of "I Love Lucy," and treated her employees nicely, btw. A socialist is a communist? A naive person believing in socialistic utopia is a threat to national security or just a dreamer? What many McCarthyites did was to not understand the difference between a real threat and an imaginary one. Now socialistic programs are acceptable in the USA, but Stalinism is not. There is a difference. The first supporters of black civil rights in the South was the Communist Party. Then liberal Jews took up the fight for black civil rights in the South, and eventually the fight was won. Now there are many reactionaries who don't want black civil rights. Are they right? The Communist Party in Russia promised gay rights, but did not deliver. They are totalitarian. What is McCarthyism, democracy or dictatorship? You have to differentiate reality from imaginary fears. You see today many social conservatives don't like socialistic programs. So should people die in the streets like they do in N. Korea. I don't think people of conscience would allow that.
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