The Corner

Spot the Error

On NPR this morning, Ari Shapiro, discussing the Ukrainian process of “lustration” (the investigation and exposure of citizens’ past involvement with the Soviet regime), mentioned a purported parallel in American history:

Sen. Joe McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee is a prime example of lustration gone bad.

This mistake is comical, but it also reflects the tendency to collapse all American opposition to Communism, which was long-lived, bipartisan, and mostly uncontroversial, to the brief period of prominence of one convenient villain.

Fred Schwarz — Fred Schwarz is a deputy managing editor of National Review.

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