Since I am not from the USA I don't know, but I guess it is used as a negative term as in "commie"
People get their panties in a ruffle, and assume that nothing good could ever come out of an evil idea like communism. The ideology is never looked at.
Nothing when compared with decades ago. Way back inthe 1950s, my father's company apparently told everyone to take notes on neighbors in case they were communist and report them (lots of companies did). He got carried away and kept making notes after retirement until 1980.
The same thing was happening in "communist" countries, where the neighbors reported "enemies of the people", and those enemies were usually people from large families (which had obtained certain wealth through decades before), and what is more important, people who relieved with a quality, unreachable for the most.
The same thing that happens when you say the word socialist. Every person in the country lacking any knowledge of the subject panics and sticks their fingers in their ears. Nothing stirs up the idiots in this country faster and easier than ignorance about their country does. Typical series of actions. Someone says socialism, The ignorant masses join together to fight socialism and protect their social security, police departments, fire departments and prayer in their public schools. At leat they have managed to keep all social programs out of this facist country. And have done a pretty good job of outlawing common sense and a need to deal with reality.
I am not sure why Stump thinks this country is fascist, but nothing will happen to you if you say communism here. You're allowed to talk about whatever you want and whether people listen is up to them. There has never been a successful communist country, so there's no reason to try it here.
It's linked with the words "liberal" and "socialist"....
They think the worst. Flashbacks of the USSR and diving under desks to protect against a nuclear threat in a cold war period. Vietnam, China, North Korea, Cuba, all bad "communist" states. When people say communist, they mean it in a bad way, when the real definition does not suggest whatever they are meaning. Communism has been the propaganda rally for leaders such as Lenin, Stalin, and Castro, that the word has taken on a bad meaning, and thusly, is thought to be evil. Because of this, it is often used to insult political leaders, by labeling their actions as "communist", or "socialist", in order to sway supporters.
It's all a bunch of crap really, based upon the fact that people are so ignorant.
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