I read the "Viewpoints" article by Homer Beauchamp, and the references to Joe McCarthy, who died in 1957 (May 6 guest commentary, "Haven't we had enough of Joe McCarthy?") We must be into our sixties and beyond to understand the negative connotations implied. I soon understood that the message was that Congressman Allen West was somehow resurrecting Joe McCarthy. Representative West stated there were some members of Congress and the Democratic Party who were communists. Nowhere else in the article is Allen West mentioned, nor is his statement contradicted. There is a brief explanation of Marxism, some correct and some not.
To build or make products requires both capital and labor. A prime example is how technology and equipment have improved manufacturing productivity. The Marx labor theory of value has been disproved for over a century and many still cling to an erroneous theory. The Marx class struggle theory was based on his belief that only through violent struggles would changes occur in society. In the late 19th century, the liberals in England thought the ends which Marx professed were worthy goals, but the violence required for the changes was not. The Fabian Society was funded in 1883-1884 to achieve the Marxist/socialist goals through more peaceful means. And, the Fabians have been rather successful.
Mr. Beauchamp should verify what Allen West said. Somehow, he missed the point that we have had, and probably still have dedicated Marxists serving in our government. For those who don't appreciate the significance, the communist party in the U.S. was founded in 1919. Was McCarthy wrong? Not completely. Alger Hiss did go to prison. When some of the data from the old USSR intelligence files was released, it verified that the Soviets did have American spies and traitors on their payrolls. Read "Venona, Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957," R. L. Benson, 1996, or "The Haunted Wood" by A. Weinstein and A. Vassiliev, 1999.
I learned there are many opinions floating through society and many have no basis in reality. The bottom line is: facts are facts, some make you feel good, while others should question your core beliefs.
Fredrik M. Bergold