McCarthyism, Buchananism and Fascism

Scott Marshall scott at
Sat Feb 17 09:15:05 MST 1996

Just for the record Lou, we repudiated the notion that McCathyism was
fascism long ago. We acknowledge that we went too far in over-reacting to
it. We also temper that with a little 'hindsight is 20/20 vision.'


At 08:24 AM 2/17/96 -0500, you wrote:
>On Fri, 16 Feb 1996, Bradley Mayer wrote:
>> Unfortunately, I lack the time right now to pursue this pressing subject,
>> but wwe need to pick up this fascism thread again soon in order to more
>> fully explain the present situation.
>Louis: This weekend I will begin work on a postmortem on McCarthyism.
>McCarthyism, according to both Trotskyism and the CPUSA, *was* fascism. I
>have a different appreciation of what was going on in the 1950s, and
>although I don't usually engage in hindsight analysis, will try to put
>forward a counter-analysis to the SWP and CPUSA. I will also try to
>extend this into a framework for understanding ultrarightism today.
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