I was just reading the post of LDH on that thread about "class" warfare. It made me think of something because she mentioned "socialism". Way back when (60s & 70s) this was a very common objection out in the field service. It seemed with cold war going and maybe some carryover from McCarthy and Nixon, a lot of people thought the JWs were commies. I know the American Legion and VFW orgs were considered some of our greatest enemies. The Legion once actually broke up an assembly in Duncan, Okla. and caused a massive riot.
You know, there were actually some points behind this - wouldn''t go to armed services, were expected to be sort of "worker masses" with no education, had to tow the party line and go to indoctrination meetings, and so on. Even had "political officers" and at least one collective farm and many collective factories. Brother and Sister analogue of Comrade and Citizen? Also clearly advocate overthrow of all governments - but supposedly by God. And, of course, the class structure. I think that while publicly denouncing communism/socialism/marxism they actually practice many features of it.
This anti-commie hate talk was still pretty common at the time I left in about 1980. Just wondered from some who are around now if this label has died out in today's changed political climate.
Anybody else still ever get called a commie?