mccarthyism

anonymous asked:

I hate this trend of people on Tumblr putting out lists of people *they* warn you about reblogging from. The same thing is happening to feminist Tumblr, and it's McCarthyism. "Guilt" by association. "If you don't hate the same people I hate, you're going to be targeted, ostracized, and attacked." If someone says something you like, you should be free to reblog it regardless of whatever else they've said. I'm not even talking about so-called freedom of speech; I'm talking about freedom of thought

Another anon:  “Can confirm, I’ve been told not to reblog from adorablebcpics and have been shown the “updated skeptics list” as it were.” Yep, I saw that post too, referring to you as a Sophie hater, and telling everyone to block you or boycott you or something. I didn’t pay it any mind. :-)

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TFOE: Sheep mentality I would say. They think something, then they believe the best way to spread their dislike by shoving it in people’s face and telling others they are horrible fans if they even read a post like that. And if one person does it, then another thinks it’s a good idea, then another, and another. *Shrugs* 

Some may say the skeptics are just like that, but I beg to differ. The Skeptics share their dislikes of a relationship and talk about it, share their thoughts. But it is very, very rare you see them making lists of people that need to block or they will go to hell even thinking about the blogs. We share our opinions but don’t feel the need to practically shove our skepticism to anyone with a blog. Sure we share our disdain for their childish behaviour, but not to the extent to make lists or boycotts as if there really was a sin being committed by a blog that posts pictures of their king. But it seems they like SH more, taking BC’s syllogism of them liking SH if they like him, too seriously.

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“…THE STATE DEPARTMENT HARBORS A NEST OF COMMUNISTS AND COMMUNIST SYMPATHIZERS…I FURTHER STATED THAT I HAVE IN MY POSSESSION THE NAMES OF 57 COMMUNISTS WHO ARE IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AT PRESENT…”

Telegram from Senator Joseph R. McCarthy to President Harry S. Truman, with Truman’s Reply, 02/11/1950

In this telegram to President Harry S. Truman, Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin repeats his assertion that he has the names of fifty-seven Communists who are working in the State Department, and calls upon the President to provide Congress with a full accounting of Communist infiltration of the Department, including the role of alleged Communist spy Alger Hiss in protecting security risks. In an undated (and apparently unsent) reply, the President states that McCarthy is not fit to serve in the U.S. government, adding that the people of Wisconsin must be “extremely sorry that they are represented by a person who has as little sense of responsibility as you have.

via DocsTeach

Operation Condor was a covert, multinational “black operations” program organized by six Latin American states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, later joined by Ecuador and Peru), with logistical, financial, and intelligence support from Washington.

In the Cold War climate of the 1960s and ’70s, when U.S. leaders and Latin American militaries regarded popular movements and political dissidents as “internal enemies,” any methods were considered legitimate in the “war against subversion.” In fact, many of these new social movements were indigenous nationalist, leftist, socialist, or radically democratic forces fighting to represent the voiceless and the marginalized.

As leftist and nationalist leaders won elections throughout Latin America in the 1960s and early 1970s, and new revolutionary and progressive movements gained strength, U.S. security strategists feared a communist-inspired threat to U.S. economic and political interests in the hemisphere. Local elites similarly feared that their traditional political dominance and wealth were at risk. Washington poured enormous resources into the inter-American security system, of which Condor was a top-secret part, to mobilize and unify the militaries in order to prevent leftist leaders from taking power and to control and destroy leftist and popular movements in Latin America. Anticommunism and “preventing another Cuba” were the national security priorities of the U.S. in Latin America.

The reigning national security doctrine incorporated counterinsurgency strategies and concepts such as “hunter-killer” programs and secret, “unconventional” techniques such as subversion, sabotage, and terrorism to defeat foes. Much of counterinsurgency doctrine is classified, but scholars have documented many of its key components. Michael McClintock, for example, analyzed a classified U.S. Army Special Forces manual of December 1960 Counter-Insurgency Operations, one of the earliest to mention explicitly, in its section “Terror Operations,” the use of counterinsurgent terror as a legitimate tactic. He cites other secret U.S. army special operations handbooks from the 1960s that endorsed “counterterror,” including assassination and abduction, in certain situations. One March 1961 article in Military Review stated, “Political warfare, in short, is warfare…[that] embraces diverse forms of coercion and violence including strikes and riots, economic sanctions, subsidies for guerrilla or proxy warfare and, when necessary, kidnapping or assassination of enemy elites.”  In short, “disappearance” was a key element of counterinsurgency doctrine.

Read More: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Operation-Condor-Cross-Border-Disappearance-and-Death-20150523-0031.html

Playwright Arthur Miller (1915 - 2005) passed away this day. His Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning works like Death of a Salesman (1949) and The Crucible (1953) focused on the American Dream and the working class. The Crucible was also an indictment of McCarthyism. When he didn’t “name names” before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1957, Miller was sentenced to a $500 fine or thirty days in prison, blacklisted, and disallowed a US passport.  Learn more about the decade when McCarthyism and Hollywood mixed.

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Movies: Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to associate, to speak, and to defend the causes that were for the moment, unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Sen. McCarthy’s methods to keep silent or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. We proclaim ourselves as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom wherever it continues to exist in the world. But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. The actions of the Junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his, he didn’t create this situation of fear, he merely exploited it, and rather successfully. Cassius was right, the fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves. Good night, and good luck.

(Edward R. Murrow)

If a tree falls in the forest and doesn’t land on an American, did that tree really fall?
—  John Oliver on the Daily Show referring to Peter King's hypocrisy of endorsing IRA - recognized by the US & Britain as a terrorist organization - while he heads the Congressional hearings on American Muslims
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'McCarthyite' website targets pro-Palestine supporters to sabotage job prospects
Unidentified group profiling people linked to pro-Palestinian student groups on US campuses to sabotage job prospects. [Photo: Pro-Palestine US protestors].

Canary Mission, which went live in mid-May, started mainly identifying students and professors by publishing their names and photos, as well as sometimes their universities and majors - at times even linking to their social media profiles.

In a video posted on the website, the unknown group says it created the database because ‘college campuses are filled with anti-Semitic and anti-American radicals … a few years later, these individuals are applying for jobs within your company’.

This is so disgusting to me. They’re literally smearing Palestinian college students and activists in the hopes of ruining their future careers. I see some familiar names from uni, and am reminded of Noel Ignatiev’s declaration that “I regard anti-Semitism, like all forms of religious, ethnic and racial bigotry, as a crime against humanity and whoever calls me an anti-Semite will face a libel suit.”

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Please, read up on who Joe McCarthy was.

Now, anytime you hear someone even whisper or imply that anyone else is Un/Anti-American or in any way less patriotic than anyone else, remember that slimy shitfucker’s face. Remember one of the darkest periods in modern American history and how many people were persecuted and blacklisted because of this douchebag’s witchhunt.

This country cannot return to McCarthyism, and it would help if everyone knew what McCarthyism is.

-Joe (the blogger, not… yeah)

Today in history: February 1, 1902 - Langston Hughes born.

Hughes was an African American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was a major figure during the Harlem Renaissance and became one of the most prominent cultural figures associated with the U.S. communist movement. Much of his poetry and fiction portrayed the lives of the working class Black people in America. Hughes traveled to the USSR, and he became a strong supporter of the Soviet Union. Some of his lesser-known poetry includes odes to revolution, socialism and the USSR (see for example, Goodmorning Stalingrad: http://bit.ly/aBZNLu).

Hughes’s poetry was frequently published in the Communist Party newspaper and he was involved in initiatives supported by communist organizations such as the fight to free the Scottsboro Boys, and solidarity with the anti-fascist fighters in Spain, where he traveled during the Spanish Civil War. Hughes was also involved in organizations such as the John Reed Clubs and the League of Struggle for Negro Rights. During McCarthyism, Hughes was targeted by the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee. He answered the attacks leveled against him in a 1963 statement, “Concerning Red Baiting”: “The organizations which have attacked me are, for the most part, the most anti-Negro, anti-Jewish, anti-labor groups in our country.”

(image: portrait of Langston Hughes, c. 1925)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

arirang (아리랑).

we all know arirang.

well, according to the Ministry of Defence, “arirang” is now a dangerous and ‘seditious’ song (불온곡). it has been deleted from karaoke machines on post, purportedly because it evokes emotions of national unity between SK and NK. “그리운 금강산”, which if i recall correctly is a standard textbook song, has also been designated dangerous and seditious.

the last time in korean history when 'arirang’ was forbidden was during the japanese occupation

Captain America, McCarthyite

In a scene from Marvel’s latest film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) reveals a radical new defense plan that will allow agents to neutralize “a lot of threats before they even happen.”

Captain America’s alter ego Steve Rogers retorts, “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime.”

Now that the Captain America character displays these kinds of anti-“thought police” attitudes on the big screen, it’s probably difficult to imagine that Cap was once a witch-hunting, anti-communist crusader in the tradition of Joseph McCarthy. But for a brief time in the 1950s, that’s exactly what he was.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia’/Atlas]

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Happy birthday, Katharine Hepburn! Born May 12, 1907, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years.

On September 1, 1950, in the midst of the “Red Scare,” when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated allegations of Communist activity in the film industry, Hepburn wrote to the U.S. Board of Parole on behalf of screenwriter Ringgold Wilmer “Ring” Lardner, Jr.

Lardner was one of the “Hollywood 10,” a group that refused to answer the Committee’s questions when called to testify in 1947, and therefore found guilty of contempt of Congress. They were blacklisted from Hollywood, and Lardner was imprisoned. By signing this letter, Hepburn opened herself to the risk of having her career destroyed.

This letter is currently featured in the National Archives Museum’s “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” exhibit in Washington, DC.

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On a stifling summer day in 1981, in a guarded building not far from Yongsan Station in central Seoul, a man in a pair of white underpants is imprisoned in a cell designed to terrify.

The walls, floor and ceiling have been painted blood red.

“Are you a Communist?” asks a fully clothed man, an interrogator.

“No,” answers the stripped man.

“Are you a socialist?”

“No, I am not.”

The interrogator punches him in the face. For the next 30 minutes, the interrogator and two colleagues pummel the stripped man.

It was 10 months after Chun Doo Hwan took full power as a dictator and 13 months after the massacre of anti-dictatorship protesters in Gwangju.

The man curled on the floor in his underwear was Ryu Dong-woo, then a 32-year-old labor rights activist. In the summer of 1981, Ryu was tortured for four weeks at the infamous à Namyeong-dong anti-communism division facility in Yongsan District, a detention center used by the police’s National Security Bureau, which carried out systematic torture in the 1970s and 1980s on behalf of the authoritarian governments of Park Chung Hee and Chun.

Thirty two years after his ordeal, Ryu is one of the first group of Koreans to receive psychotherapy at the Kim Keun-tae Memorial Healing Center, the country’s first institution dedicated to victims of state-orchestrated torture.

“I received group psychotherapy with about half a dozen people for the past 10 weeks,” said the 64-year-old former activist in an interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily on Oct. 23 at the Kim Keun-tae center. 

“Because of the torture, my personal relationships with people, including my family, were shattered,” Ryu said. 

Read Full: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2980239