Does anybody out there remember McCarthyism? I myself don’t remember it, I wasn’t even born yet. My father was still a teenager so all I know about it is from what I’ve read.
McCarthyism was a form of intimidation. It was a campaign against supposedly widespread communist infiltration of the United States government led by Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. Today’s brand of McCarthyism, or New McCarthyism is in the form of Social Marxism: Multiculturalism and political correctness.
Joe McCarthy’s campaign began on February 9, 1950, in West Virginia in which he claimed to have a list of over 200 people in the State Department known to be members of the Communist Party. His claims were always changing, with shifting names and numbers many times.
McCarthy’s charges were inflammatory and false, and were so vague that fact-checking was nearly impossible. But his bluster and manipulation of the era’s fear of global communism allowed him to build power through the unwillingness of most of his colleagues to stand up against false charges, clear abuses of power, and destroying lives and careers.
Does this sound familiar? Haven’t we heard this many times lately? These tactics, of McCarthy are the same ones which are performed by social justice warriors on the internet. The internet has given a small group of people anonymity and just too much false power.
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In the age of social media, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr coupled with eight years of a democratic president and Social Marxism, so many lives have been ruined; the biggest loser though, has been free speech.
Just try to express an opinion which is unpopular with the Left and you will be destroyed. The SJW’s will smear you on their platform of choice: Twitter. Since most SJW’s don’t have a real argument against those they rail against, 140 characters is more than enough for them.
They will publically shame and defame their victim. They will get their victim’s employer involved and most of the time the victim will be fired and make it so he can never be employable again. They will insult his intelligence and call him a racist and bigot (SJW’s favorite terms) even if what he said has nothing to do with race. They will call him an anti-Semite, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynist, and a whole host of insults ending in –ist.
Ironically enough, most of the time (but not always) the victim will be a white male. One exception that I can think of off the top of my head is celebrity chef and former cooking show television host Paula Deen who resides in Savannah, Georgia.
In June 2013, Deen was the target of a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. The suit was eventually dismissed and her sponsors such as the Food Network, Walmart, Target, and others dropped Deen.
These companies didn’t drop Deen because her recipes were bad or her restaurants had no business, in fact her restaurant saw a rise in customers and the sales of her books skyrocketed. Her sponsors dropped her only because of the pressure from SJW’s. Most of her sponsors renewed their contracts with her after the suit was dropped.
Just look at the case against George Zimmerman. When he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, in self-defense there were so much disinformation and lies spread about him despite the fact that all the lies had been debunked.
But the truth didn’t matter, the main stream media and the race baiters such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, President Barack Obama, and the Attorney General Eric Holder kept spreading the lies. Even when Zimmerman was found innocent in court, the lies continued and his reputation was destroyed.
The MSM is more than glad to toe the line and keep the false narrative going. In the world of the MSM, that is the alt-left fake news networks sensationalism sells papers and more importantly sells ads in the papers. This, more than any time before in print media and televised media is more important than ever now that more Americans than ever distrust the MSM. The alt-left fake news networks have been called out as “the enemy of the American people” by the President of the United States: Donald Trump.
There are so many examples of the SJW’s destroying lives just as Joe McCarthy had. The shooting of Michael Brown is another good example. Ferguson police officer Darren Brown’s life and reputation is all but destroyed even after all the facts proved the racist narrative wrong, even after Wilson was acquitted.
It’s no secret that the MSM and social media giants tends to cater to a more liberal audience and have certainly used their brand of New McCarthyism to stifle differing opinions. Breitbart Tech editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter as well as former Washington Times editor and Blogger Robert Stacy McCain.
Facebook had suspended conservative personality Lauren Southern for complaining about that website’s censorship practices, so Facebook [ironically] censored her. Christopher Cantwell was suspended for comments he made supporting rape victims in Europe.
McCarthyism has returned only this time it has returned as a tactic that anybody can use and in a much quicker and deadlier form. New McCarthyism is actually Social Marxism which uses multiculturalism and political correctness to stifle any ideas that the Left disagrees with or contradicts their ideology.
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