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Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 63–67 | Cite as

The Green Scare is not McCarthyism 2.0: How Islamophobia is redefining the use of propaganda in foreign and domestic affairs

  • Dalia F. Fahmy
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Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a suspect socioreligious climate has emerged in the USA with regards to Islam and Muslims based on fear. While many see this new construction, or Islamophobia as a return of an old culture of paranoia, or McCarthyism, Islamophobia has become a cultural and political discourse that is far more reaching and socially destructive than the McCarthyism of the 1950s.

Essentially, McCarthyism was a systematic campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions carried out under Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy in the period 1950–54. It involved the making of charges of disloyalty to the state without regard for evidence. McCarthy utilized his power as a senator and as chairman of the Committee on Government Operation and its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to investigate and create “blacklists” against those he suspected of being communist for their perceived activism. The result was a widespread suppression in activism...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceLong Island UniversityBrooklynUSA

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