McCarthyism

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McCarthyism

from U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy who acted out morbid fear of aliens, especially Communists. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 409]
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Internationals also engaged in brutal redbaiting campaigns to fight for the soul of their union or undermine industrial unionist rivals.
War-time unity had deflated the "communist" charge; as one Georgia worker at Highlander's 1945 session commented, "we used to fall for this redbaiting stuff, but now we know what it's used for" - to divide the labor movement.
In recounting that failure, Minchin acknowledges the validity of such traditional explanations as fierce employer resistance, white worker racism, paternalism, redbaiting, and, especially after Taft Hartley, the National Labor Relations Board's cumbersome, time-consuming enforcement machinery.
Then, the Reaganaut brownshirts came along, bullying and redbaiting, and we began giving ground.
The authors report that union leaders (and Inglis managers) retaliated with redbaiting.