Origins of Witch Hunts? Are We Still Ferreting Out and Persecuting Witches?

John Green's Crash Course lecture #10 on European History: "Wars, disease, climate changes, and shifts in religious and political power threw the European world into turmoil. People were looking for a scapegoat, and for many it was a time of magical thinking. So, maybe witches were responsible for all the problems? It was a popular … Continue reading Origins of Witch Hunts? Are We Still Ferreting Out and Persecuting Witches?

A New Consensus Against McCarthyism?

In this era of scandalous accusations and "fake news," it's appropriate to re-examine the hysterical "Red Scare" witch hunt tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s, in which the lives of many innocent people were damaged by suspicion and false accusations. Until Donald Trump became president, there wasn't widespread agreement on the meaning of … Continue reading A New Consensus Against McCarthyism?