G Cup wrote:
Always amazes me (but it shouldn't) that the legacy of McCarthyism in the US is still so powerful 50 years later.
Just because someone criticises capitalism (and god knows it has lots of features to criticise), does not mean they are a communist.
It would be very possible - I personally think - to improve the way capitalism works currently to make society fairer and less destructive to the environment, in ways that have nothing to do with communism. Encouraging more co-op businesses for example.
The irony about McCarthyism is that many of those he identified publically as communists, were in fact, communists. It's a good thing we have so many objective and principled educators in public education to teach history without any bias and with nuance.
If you don't want to out yourself as a Communist, it's always best to criticize specific elements about our current economic system versus capitalism as a whole. You can fly under the radar that way and maybe even glean some more practical insights on how things actually work. If you were to criticize corporatism, for example, you'd be closer to identifying an actual problem.