DC Red Scares
The second “red scare” flourished from 1947-1960 when members and supporters of the U.S. Communist Party, socialists, anarchists and many progressives were persecuted and prosecuted for their beliefs.

Anti-communist hysteria, often orchestrated by the U.S. government, was used regularly throughout the nineteen and twentieth centuries. The Haymarket “Riot” of 1886, The Palmer Raids of 1919-20, the McCarthy era of the 1950s and a host of other events were used regularly to suppress civil liberties and quash any attempts that provided even remote threats to the U.S. system of capitalism.

The USA Patriot Act and the general expansion of both private and government surveillance in the modern era act in similar ways to these past attempts to thwart social change.
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