On McCarthy and the Spectre

On McCarthy and the Spectre

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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