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Tue Mar 15, 2016, 02:17 AM

3. The McCarthyites might have been correct about Stalin, but they were late to the party

My own mother had a brief flirtation with the Communist Party in the 30s when they were the only ones taking Hitler seriously, which made the McCarthy years memorable when I was little. She watched the hearings white knuckled, half listening for the knock on the door. All it took was a neighbor with a real or imagined grudge and your life would be ruined, especially if anyone had seen you at a meeting 20 years earlier.

Most people thronging the meetings in the 30s were long gone by the beginning of the war, having realized what Stalin was up to.

Nuclear weapons are also largely unusable, something India and Pakistan have found out. Being able to incinerate each other's urban populations have kept the two talking.

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