Crossposted to HangRightPolitics.
There is a compelling factual case to be made that the contemporary radical Left can properly be called “Neocommunist.” The Hard Left is grounded in Marxist vision of creating a “new man” under a system led by a vanguard that knows best what the rest of society needs. And Neocommies behave in patterns with startling parallels to Old Communist tactics.
Since the article cropped up there, I’ve seen other articles alluding to the possibilities. Mark Steyn has a piece on our uncomfortableness with ideology, ours or anyone else’s. Another O.C. article describes how the California capitol spends tax dollars to legislate against its constituents. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, returning from the Russian talks has this to say:
Gates said he believes that Russia is asserting its resurgence in the post-Cold War period.
“I think President Putin is coming back and saying you know you have to take us into account on all these things. In essence: ‘We are back. We’ve got a lot of money. And we are a key player.’ ”
“I’m putting words into his mouth. He didn’t say these things. This is my interpretation of perhaps his thinking: ‘And you will need our help to solve problems. And if you won’t seek our help, we can prevent problems from being solved,’ ” Gates said.
China is also moving to reassert its Communist Party dominance.
Any talk of such a movement as communism or neocommunism is quite likely to engender a reflexive response of rejection due to the possible backlash of being accused of engaging in fear propaganda or McCarthyism defined as:
The practice of publicizing accusations of political disloyalty or subversion with insufficient regard to evidence.
The use of unfair investigatory or accusatory methods in order to suppress opposition. (Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/mccarthyism)
By the way, while McCarthy’s methods might not have been the best for combatting the creeping threat of communism in his day, he was largely vindicated for his accusations and suspicions after the release of the Venona Files.