Hi, From what i used to read on many american forums, being called a socialist seems to be some kind of insult, and " communist " more and more. From a neutral point of view, can you help me where it comes from that such a political way of thinking is considered in such a way in USA ? Does it come from the Cold War ? Is it a remain from Mc Carthysm ? Do people really think those hoping in communism are " dumb " or that it is a shame to think so ? Of course, i'm concerned, my parents and grandparents consider themselves as communists, and even if i'm far from that way of thinking (consider myself a conservative), i respect (even if i mock sometimes ) that. From my young years at my grandparents, here is an example, for those who wonder, of how were things : I really used to enjoy asking grandpa and grandma about WWII, as a kid. My grandpa, during WWII, was caught and forced to work in the german STO camps, he evaded two times. Once he used to talk about WWII, he always told me " See, we owe very much to the russians. The russians lost 13.6 million people during WWII. They were overwhelming the german nazis. USA probably came up to do so that the russians didn't free all Europe by themselves. " Of course, even if we tried to talk about USSR and the bad things and repression in the " freed " nations by USSR in the years after, i never changed his mind, even if it was great for him that USA came to help us, Russia kept the best role.