McCarthyism has been reborn in America. President Harry Truman defi ned McCarthyism this way:

It is the corruption of truth, the abandonment of the due process of law. It is the use of the big lie and the unfounded accusation against any citizen in the name of Americanism or security. It is the rise to power of the demagogue who lives on untruth; it is the spreading of fear and the destruction of faith in every level of our society. (Oshinsky 2005: 349)

The new intellectual witch hunt of the twenty-fi rst century involves a broad neoconservative attack across a wide spectrum of personnel at American colleges and universities, fostered by right-wing think tanks and paid political assassins who have rekindled public fear about new conspiracies being hatched among Muslim scholars, feminists, homosexuals, and the old reliable tirade against Marxists and former communists who reside in American academia.