America, You’ve Been Blacklisted: McCarthyism Refashioned for a New Age

The Rutherford Institute

For those old enough to have lived through the McCarthy era, there is a whiff of something in the air that reeks of the heightened paranoia, finger-pointing, fear-mongering, totalitarian tactics that were hallmarks of the 1950s.

Back then, it was the government—spearheaded by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee—working in tandem with private corporations and individuals to blacklist Americans suspected of being communist sympathizers.

By the time the witch hunts carried out by federal and state investigative agencies drew to a close, thousands of individuals (the vast majority of them innocent of any crime whatsoever) had been accused of communist ties, investigated, subpoenaed and blacklisted. Regarded as bad risks, the accused were blacklisted, and struggled to secure employment. The witch hunt ruined careers, resulting in suicides, and tightened immigration to exclude alleged subversives.

Seventy years later, the vitriol, fear-mongering and knee-jerk intolerance associated with McCarthy’s tactics are once again being deployed in a free-for-all attack by those on both the political Left and Right against anyone who, in daring to think for themselves, subscribes to ideas or beliefs that run counter to the government’s or mainstream thought.

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Conspiracy Theorists Are Wrong!!! . . . Even When They’re Right!

Corbett Report

We tend to think the propagandists are self-consciously lying to the public, but there are moments when the mask slips and we see that the most effective propagandists are the ones that actually believe their own lies. Today we look at one such moment of zen.

SHOW NOTES:
Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

Episode 265 – The Myth of Journalistic Objectivity

NSA spied on its own employees, other U.S. intelligence personnel, journalists, and members of Congress

May 18-19, 2016 — Newly-released Snowden disclosures verify NSA’s FIRSTFRUIT database

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