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Joseph Mccarthy

WATCH: Rep. Allen West and the Ghost of McCarthy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers


Sarah Palin: Time To Change The Game On The Game Changer

Christopher Lamb | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

There is no other contemporary politician in the United States who reveals more about the sound and fury of the far right than Sarah Palin. Palin is nearly as important to our time as U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy was to the 1950s.

Have You Left No Shame, Mr. Limbaugh?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.05.2012 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

Rush Limbaugh's bullying of the young law student Sandra Fluke recalls the incident that finally knocked Sen. Joe McCarthy off of his pedestal in 1954.

Peter King Chooses Demagoguery in Targeting Muslim-Americans

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Throughout our history, unpopular groups have been targeted for the public's wrath in difficult times. Demagogues like King have been only too anxious to steer and cheer on this wrath.

Review of Jay Feldman's 'Manufacturing Hysteria'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Michael Roth

Manufacturing Hysteria is a political book, aimed at reminding those dedicated to civil liberties (especially the right to dissent) how fragile our freedoms are and how "close to a police state" we have come over the last century.

Anthony Weiner, Sarah Palin and the Case Against Apology

Stanley Bing | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Stanley Bing

Hey you, famous person now going about your business being stupid or venal or immoral or injudicious or criminal, even. When you get caught and the big, voracious media death star starts howling for your apology... stop.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

During two of the most religious times of the year, shouldn't we pause and ask: When is some of the hatred and downright meanness that seems so prevalent in our political discourse going to end?

King's Hearings Worth A Tweet, Not A Speech

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

The annals of history might record King's hearings through the tweets they inspired. Here are a few.

Peter King's Hearings Part of a Long, Ignoble Tradition

Tom Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Parker

To this day, Peter King continues to describe the IRA as "a legitimate force" fighting British repression, which rather begs the question of how he views Hamas or Fatah.

Muslims Are Not the Enemy

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

By marginalizing a religious minority, King is sending a dangerous message to the Muslim community and the entire populous that runs counter to the very foundation of our nation.

Freedom to Make Art, from Oscar to Junot

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

Last night's resplendent Academy Awards ceremony put me in mind of a less opulent affair: the Associated Writing Program's annual conference earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

Mubarak's Exit and America's Choice

Jalal Alamgir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jalal Alamgir

In cases in which an Islamist party was elected fairly to power, democracy was indeed dismantled, but not by the Islamists. It was dismantled by the paranoid reaction of America and its allies.

McCarthy, the Jews and the Loyals

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

It is by now almost a cliché to restate the famous saying by Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana, that "those who cannot remember the past ...

The Battle Over the Smithsonian and the Right's New Culture Wars

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Keegan

The bigger fight that the Smithsonian debate represented -- over the efforts of a small and vocal group on the right to define American values for us all -- is just beginning.

Margaret Chase Smith and the Politics of Rhetoric

Heather Cox Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Cox Richardson

While the jury is out for today's Republicans, it's worth remembering Senator Margaret Chase as we discuss political rhetoric in the wake of Tucson.

The Reincarnation of Joseph McCarthy -- Congressman King

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

America is not at war with Islam. But if Mr. King's hearings go as planned, it is a safe bet that lots of Muslims will believe the Republican party is.

Back in the U.S.S.R.? McCarthyism, Round 2

Janine Balekdjian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine Balekdjian

Any group out there conspiring to subvert American democracy from within should hire the right wing as their PR machine; Newt Gingrich and friends have done a great job of destroying American values.

From Joe McCarthy to Glenn Beck -- Time to End Fear of the Witch Hunt

Paul Jay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jay

To right the American ship, we must jettison the ghosts of the cold war, confront all the babble about God and country, and openly talk about what modern socialist and democratic public policy might actuallylook like.

It's Time We Started Calling them McCarthy

John Vorhaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Vorhaus

Isn't it time to acknowledge that this country's right wing is using the oldest trick in their playbook to advance their cause? It's called McCarthyism, pure and simple.

Stop Covering Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Inflating Their Stature

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh have figured out what progressive media have not. If only heard and commented upon by their own audiences, like Fox and their radio stations and Facebook page, they would not amount to very much.

When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Steeped in the wasteland of scientific illiteracy we in Texas descend ever further toward a theocracy, in danger of becoming the Iran of the West, or a bad copy of the former Soviet Union.

Deep in the Heart of Textbooks

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Turning public school social studies classes into unabashed propaganda sessions goes beyond mere political ugliness. It is craven. It is foolish. It is madness.

The Banks' Bonus Culture: "Have You Left No Sense of decency?"

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Now that the banks have been stabilized (to some degree) as a result of massive public intervention, the very individuals who have nearly destroyed the country are ready to dance again.

Time for Obama to Restore the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, created in 2004, proved that there is nothing inconsistent between a strong anti-terrorism position and protection of civil liberties.

Glenn Beck Auditions for Joe McCarthy's Job

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Les Leopold

Glenn Beck's personal story of picking up the pieces of his shattered life is hard to ignore and seems utterly genuine, all of which makes him perhaps even more dangerous than Joseph McCarthy.