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Four Examples of Moral Panics
The term Red Scare denotes the promotion of fear of a potential rise of
communism or radical leftism, used by anti-leftist proponents. In the United
States, the First Red Scare was about worker (socialist) revolution and political
radicalism. The Second Red Scare was focused on national and foreign
communists influencing society, infiltrating the federal government, or both.
Became a moral panic due to writing from the time and speeches from political
The Great Purge was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union
orchestrated by Joseph Stalin from 1936 to 1939. It involved a large-scale
purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants
and the Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of
"saboteurs", imprisonment, and arbitrary executions. In Russian historiography
the period of the most intense purge, 1937­1938, is called Yezhovshchina.
Became a moral panic due to enforcement from political leader Stalin, support
from the army and total control of propaganda and the media.
A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving
moral panic or mass hysteria. Before 1750 it was legally sanctioned and
involving official witchcraft trials. The classical period of witch-hunts in
Europe and North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1480 to
1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War,
resulting in an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 executions. It became a moral panic
mostly through word of mouth, however laws were eventually put in place
supporting it and so the government enforced it.
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks
launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in
New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday,
September 11, 2001. Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group's
leader, Osama, initially denied any involvement, in 2004, he claimed
responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of
Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as
motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by
launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban,

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which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their
anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having
evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May
2011.…read more


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