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  • There's a far cry between McCarthy accidently being correct on the basics and the ridiculous, extremist manner in which he carried out his attacks. His "lists" appeared to be a product of his imagination and even some members of his own party hated his extremism and felt they could not trust him, though this was usually only expressed privately due to fears of how the public would react. Of course, once McCarthy started to fall, they were quick to draw their knives.

    Interestingly, from what I've read abo

    • There's a far cry between McCarthy accidently being correct on the basics and the ridiculous, extremist manner in which he carried out his attacks

      The point is that McCarthy was right about his broad claims, and comparing someone to McCarthy is implicitly saying there is likely truth in the claims being made. I am not justifying the methods McCarthy used, but his methods were performed in a specific context, one in which there was a very real threat. To apply that to something where there is no real thr
      • I actually liked The Crucible, but only as a story about the actual witch trials, not as an allegory to the Red Scare.
        You might also enjoy Animal Farm. As a story about animals, on a farm.
        • by pudge (1) on 2005.05.04 10:55 (#40190) Homepage Journal
          The difference being that Orwell was a good writer.

          Allegory is hard to do without sucking. It's why many writers abhor it, such as Tolkien did. Miller sucked at it. I wouldn't call Animal Farm and 1984 allegory per se, but if you must, then it is an example of good allegory.