Daylight Video

On this day in 1950, the House Un-American Affairs Committee publicly names Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger, Orson Welles, and Artie Shaw, among others, as “suspected Communist sympathizers.” Michelle Bachmann was born too late.

In memory of that particular Red Scare, here’s Be Bop Deluxe performing “Panic in the World.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.