I am not sure what Kevin Drum is getting at in this post:
On Saturday Glenn Reynolds took issue with people who claim that it’s “McCarthyism” to criticize anti-war protesters for attending rallies organized by A.N.S.W.E.R.:
It’s not McCarthyism to call people who are communists, communists. Communists, as devoted followers of murderous totalitarianism, deserve to be called to account every bit as much as their Nazi colleagues. And in the 21st century, they can hardly pretend to be ignorant of their ideology’s true nature.
He’s right. But it is McCarthyism to tar people as “communist sympathizers” because they associate