Witch Hunt: The Technique and Profits of Redbaiting

Witch Hunt: The Technique and Profits of Redbaiting

Witch Hunt: The Technique and Profits of Redbaiting

Witch Hunt: The Technique and Profits of Redbaiting

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This book concerns itself chiefly with the baiting of men, organizations, and ideas; the use of the word red as a weapon; and the bloodshed, terrorism, and profits which may result from name-calling.

There are very few Communists, that is, real reds in America; but there are millions of Americans who are liberal, democratic, progressive--and it is among these that the reactionary forces often find their victims. "The reactionaries," says John Dewey, "are in possession of force, in not only the army and police, but in the press and the schools." And where they cannot use guns they can call names, frequently with equally devastating effect.

Redbaiting may lead to individual murder--as in Centralia, Washington, where members of an American Legion post lynched a veteran who belonged to the Industrial Workers of the World; as in Aberdeen, in the same state, where Laura Law, a union leader, was recently murdered in an atmosphere of lynch incitement inspired by business leaders and the press. It may also lead to national murder, which is called war; it . . .

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