a range of weapons to maintain its power:
from its courts to its military.
But it also has effective ideological
knows that "socialist" or "communist"
is considered a bad word.
How did things get that way?
the history of anti-communism in America,
and the heavy repression of an idea
that became an unofficial 'religion.'
But is the
attempt to vilify the concept of a socialist society due to a basic
lack of understanding? The documentary short America's Unofficial
Religion: The War on an Idea believes it is, and seeks to rectify
these misconceptions by providing a thorough history and context in
which to view socialistic ideals.
As the film argues, the perception of socialism is akin to
slavery among U.S. citizens and inspires images of uncontrolled
government intrusion upon every aspect of our daily lives.
In short, it implies a
taking back of power from the small percentage that owns the
majority of wealth in the country.
When the notion of socialism began to enhance in popularity among the masses, the power elite employed ever more menacing means of containing and decimated the movement in its tracks.
This culminated in the blacklist led by the
Un-American Activities Committee and the execution of convicted
communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
The issues they discuss retain an
enormous relevance to the climate of today as the power divide
between the wealthy and the lower classes continues to grow.