That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of those ends,it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it and to institute new Government.
David Thompson on The Vestergaard Odyssey.David T on McCarthyism.
McCarthy was a disgusting, drunken bully who invented fake "evidence" to support his case. But the conspicuous feature of McCarthyism was that, in broad terms, he was right; that is, he was right that the Roosevelt administration was heavily penetrated by Soviet agents. I suggest we ought to preserve the noun Mccarthyism for the arguments of reckless sonofabitches who, despite absent or faked evidence, happen to be right. The first time I came across a case of scientific McCarthyism, a crook had published a paper with an honest (or middling honest) man, who had finally realised that there were "data" in the paper that had been invented but said of his crooked co-author that "his intuition was so good that the faked data were probably pretty near the truth". There are, or were, people who reckon that Millikan's celebrated oil-drop data were, in my sense, McCarthyite. Hey ho.
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