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Why were Americans susceptible to McCarthyism? Is the America of today immune to this kind of political tactic? Why were Americans susceptible to McCarthyism? Is the America of today immune to this kind of political tactic?

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In America fads are reigning queens until the next one comes. Unfortunately these fads are not just in the form of fashion, tastes, or likes, but they also come in the form of people, leaders, and ways of thinking. The fad during McCarthyism was basically "better dead than red". The moment the witch hunt began, everyone knew that it would become a meme and a fad of the society of the time. It was like a whirlwind of hatred, fear, and threat. Nobody was safe. The fear and gossip spread like a wildfire and too many got caught. To make it worse, those involved with McCarthy used the media to make the world see what they were doing. They loved the attention, and the power they got for their time. In the end, innocents died and nobody could do a thing about it. Could it happen again? Of course! Just wait until the next fad explodes and the next moron in power decides what's to be done with Jack or Jill.

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We are not immune. I'd say we should have known better then, but we obviously didn't....

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Why were Americans susceptible to McCarthyism? Is the America of today immune to this kind of political tactic?

Why were Americans susceptible to McCarthyism? Is the America of today immune to this kind of political tactic?

I have heard that actors and actress who lost their jobs during the McCarthy area because they were thought to be communist are still not allowed to act.