READERS or DISSENT are probably as tired as everyone else of analyses of McCarthy. This note is offered for only one reason—to say a word on the continuing fears of a “McCarthy movement.” A close look at contemporary America discloses no potential for any such mass movement (unless, of course, there is a serious depression or an international catastrophe, in which case “all bets are off”).
A large proportion of the population (whatever the actual figure) is, unfortunately, for McCarthy—both his “aims” and “methods.” Frustrated by the coldwar impasse, they applaud a public figure who is pledged to ferret-out “domestic reds.” But, they are not ready to do anything themselves. The McCarthyite audience is even more politically inert than the liberal public....
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