Back in the 1950’s, the term McCarthyism came to be associated with witch hunts, in which the label “communist”, or “leftist” came to be associated with witch hunts, with destroying the careers of rivals and of dissidents. many careers of innocent people were destroyed before McCarthyism ran its course. Today, rather than the “House Unamerican Activities Committee”, the Internal Revenue Service undermines political opponents of the Democratic Party and of President Obama. In addition, the dominant news networks and media outlets do their best to frame the parameters of political debate and to marginalise conservative viewpoints.
Following is a documentary about a hearing of HUAC in which Bertolt Brecht was questioned before Congress. It is proof that the desire to oppress and to strangle free speech can migrate across the political spectrum.