But just because American GIs fought Nazis didn’t necessarily make them Maoist thugs, as @tcjfs pointed out.
And another user, @pnin1957, brought up statistics suggesting that the American GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy would have been veritable shitlords today.
This was reflected in American society at large:
Most civilians and military personnel opposed racial integration. One month before President Truman’s Executive Order, a Gallup poll showed that 63% of American adults endorsed the separation of Blacks and Whites in the military; only 26% supported integration. A 1949 survey of white Army personnel revealed that 32% completely opposed racial integration in any form, and 61% opposed integration if it meant that Whites and Blacks would share sleeping quarters and mess halls.
And even in 1965, when social mores began loosening up, a narrow majority still approved of actual state laws banning the practice.
Some more polls from @tcjfs.
The people who fought the Nazis don’t appear to have been very Alt Left at all.
Very, very problematic.
And here’s the kicker: These Alt Right or even “Neo-Nazi” views percolated throughout the entire society.
For instance, take the British thinker Bertrand Russell. He wrote the world’s best known popular history of Western philosophy. He was dismissed and almost went to jail for pacifism during WW1. He stood as a suffragette candidate in 1907. He was one of the first to champion sex education and the end of Victorian sexual mores. For all intents and purposes, he was the Chomsky of his time.
Even though Russell’s views on race were very progressive for the time, the ways in which he presented his arguments would have resulted in his immediate excommunication from today’s handshakeworthy society.
How the worm has turned! (with caveats)
Except the anti-Russian sentiment, I suppose. That’s always a constant.