A dramatic impact on popular consciousness

A dramatic impact on popular conscousness

A dramatic impact on popular consciousness

(1) A threat (real or imagined) from outside the United States achieves a dramatic impact on popular consciousness; (2) This effect occurs at a time when liberal reforms and popular hostility to the large corporations and the power they exercise are perceived by conservative interests as a profound threat from inside the U.S. social and political system. Finally, (3) The two perceived threats merge, to the discredit of the internal reforms and of any political party, persons or policies associated with them.

– Alex Carey, Taking the Risk Out of Democracy, Sydney; UNSW Press, 1995, p. 37, reflecting on patterns of political reaction in the United States exemplified by McCarthy-era anticommunist hysteria and associated witchhunting of dissident political opinion

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