How To Spot A Communist
I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), Dr. Strangelove
In honour of the widespread anti-capitalist protests going on across the country (and, apparently, around the world), I dug this little tutorial guide out of the archives. It is attributed to the U.S. First Army Headquarters, who allegedly published it in 1955. Although I have not personally verified the source, the language and attitude is consistent with articles published during the “Second Red Scare.” So, the next time you see someone decrying capitalism while simultaneously claiming patriotism (as is happening in New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, among other cities), check other signs against those you might see the text of this pamphlet.