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The inimitable James Lileks:

I’m not going to defend McCarthy, because he was a brute and boor and a butter-eating drunk who set back the anti-Communist cause four decades. To say that he was sorta right, in the sense that there were Commies about, is like saying that J. Robert Oppenheimer had a salutory effect on Japanese urban renewal. I’m not interested in those debates right now. I’d just like to point out that it’s a little late in the game to trot out a play about the mean old witch-hunts. The bravery of the scrappy idealists! The piggish philistinism of the anti-commie brutes! The smothering wet quilt of Conformity that held America motionless until it was thrown off by the undulating hips of Elvis! (Did you know they didn’t show him below the waist on TV, at first! True! It was horrible, the Fifties; no one had sex without weeping in shame afterwards. Sometimes during.) It's just interesting how Westerners think that that Red Scare was a historical event of such towering proportions it trumps the tales of the Soviet Union in the same period. US version: communist sympathizers frozen out of screenwriting jobs, justly or unjustly. USSR version: actual communists killed in ghastly numbers by a parody of a legal system underwritten by brute force and an industrialized penal system built on slave labor. Why is the latter ignored, and the former celebrated?
Right on, man!

Posted by Ken McCracken · 21 August 2006 02:15 PM

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Posted by: wgfr at August 21, 2006 06:12 PM

US version: communist sympathizers frozen out of screenwriting jobs, justly or unjustly. USSR version: actual communists killed in ghastly numbers by a parody of a legal system underwritten by brute force and an industrialized penal system built on slave labor. Why is the latter ignored, and the former celebrated?

The short answer to Lileks' very pertinent question is that while the West won the military and economic war, it lost the social and cultural one. The enemies of tradtional liberal representative democracy now teach history, write newspaper columns, and run assorted think tanks and foundations, and buy mutual funds and BMW's, and hire tax advisors and nannies with the proceeds.

Posted by: Bat One at August 21, 2006 08:13 PM

Ken...Awesome post!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 22, 2006 05:27 AM

Lileks is awesome.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at August 22, 2006 09:46 AM