Why did so many Americans fear the spread of communism?
The Americans hate communism, as capitalism is the direct
opposite of communism, and America is based on "the American dream"
which is basically the forwarded of ones own life and career though
industry, and consumerism. it is a country based on looking after
the individual, rather than the community as a whole.
This being said communism is not without its faults, as while
communism is based on a good solid foundation of everyone being
equal, it is open to abuse as is the nature of humans. so communism
would in a perfect world would be a perfect solution. however this
is not a perfect world.
Americans greatest fear is to be equal, as it does not fit in
with the American psyche of having the biggest and best of
everything. And also have a fear of anything which is not "the
norm," which I can see from a British point of view.