Michael wrote: > [CLIP] > Sorry for the extremely offensive and disturbing remarks. Now that I understand what you are saying, I am neither offended nor disturbed. I more or less agree with you. And also apologize for my rudeness. Note that there is a difference between a scientist, historian, etc who has done important original work in his/her "field" (Gould, Lewontin, [memory trouble with proper names -- esp. those which begin with MC: the superb woman biologist at Harvard -- ??Barbara McLintock??], Chomsky, Braudel) and in _addition_ writes important "popular" material, and the academic who lives only in the the Sunday Supplements or the op-ed pages of major newspapers. Garry Wills can serve as a border-line case, where one can argue both ways. George Wills as a (pretentious) intellectual who merely pimps for power. Michael P.S. Joseph McCarthy was a very nasty character, but it is misleading to speak of the McCarthy Era -- it is more accurately called the Truman Era, since his administration started the big Red Hunt. McCarthy merely exploited for personal purposes a phenomenon which was much bigger than he.