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What Was The Cause Of The Communism Paranoia Of The 1950s?

What was so "bad" about being associated with being communist back then. People lost jobs, celebrities were black-listed, and it was a general witch-hunt and paranoia going on. What exactly caused this? Who were the "evil communists'?

Asked By: batflyz2 - 2/5/2008
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I have answered questions like this several times, and no one seems to get what I am saying. I will try again... More
Answered By: sdvwallingford - 2/5/2008
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If you understand communism, their stated goal is to take over the world. When they got the bomb, people were afraid they might use it on us. That was the era of bomb shelters. Senator Gene McCarthy was a big promoter of the "red scare" (reds are what commies were called) and famous as the with hunter. He brought... More
Answered By: browncat79 - 2/5/2008
 
Everyone thought that everyone else had nuclear bombs and were going to set them off. Mainly the Americans and the Russians though. This was somewhat crazy though because if one country set a bomb off on another country then the other country would set a bomb off on them. It was called Mutually -Assured Destruction.
Answered By: Steelers_Gurl - 2/5/2008
 
The open statements made by the leaders of the Soviet Union in that they were commited to bring communism to the whole world and create a world wide "workers state" led by the Soviets. That there were abuses made, it's true but there were reasons for a legitimate fear. At that time, the Soviets had made puppet states... More
Answered By: thgurkha - 2/5/2008
 
It wasn't too hard to see what horrors were being committed by Stalin's gang in the name of "liberating" the people... More
Answered By: electablegod - 2/5/2008
 
Well, might be that after that idiot Roosevelt delivered Europe to Stalin on a silver platter, the yanks finally realized that the comunists were very bad people and tried to stop them... More
Answered By: physician - 2/5/2008
 
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