WSWS calls out identity politics at Harvard

Writer David Walsh compares Harvard’s current campaign against Anthropologist John Comaroff to the communist witch hunts waged by former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s during the 1950s in his article for the World Socialist web publication.

“There are more than a few parallels between the McCarthyite witch-hunts of the late 1940s and early 1950s and the present-day sexual misconduct campaign,” Walsh writes. “The current process too is characterized by denunciations and reckless, unproven allegations; the use of anonymous informants; instantaneous conviction and punishment by media; the overnight destruction of reputations and careers; banning and blacklisting; public humiliation and disgrace; demands for repentance and mea culpas; a portion of the population seized by hysteria; the cowardice and treachery of liberalism; contempt for due process and the presumption of innocence; the undermining of elementary democratic rights; and the strengthening of the state and police powers.”

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