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...t. This is known as “Groupthink.” Groupthink leads to irrational actions, as already seen in The Crucible, when similar individuals make decisions, they could be at risk to Groupthink. It relates to McCarthyism in a similar way. Joseph McCarthy is similar to Abigail in The Crucible because they both make random accusations with little or no evidence of what they are claiming and people believe the accusations made because it is an intense time of fear and anyone who denies or opposes the accusation would likely be considered guilty. By discrediting the reputation of some, it inflicted fear on others. A example of McCarthyism today, would be assuming everybody who disagree with Obama is racist. Some people may fear that disagreeing with Obama will cause them to be publicly seen as racists, just as opposing the popular McCarthy could result in being labeled a communist.
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