Re: Red is the new Blacklist - again.
IIRC, the Red Scare was indirectly responsible for the creation of the much loved (in some quarters) LGP-30.
WARNING: From memory, not re-researched for this comment ---
Stan Frankel lost his security clearance (after working on the Manhattan Project) because his grandfather had some connection to the Communist Party. As a result, he ended up teaching, but he had caught "The computing disease", and become dependent on computing, so he designed a _very_ simple computer for Cal Tech, which was then licensed and produced, and sold well.
Without politically motivated harassment of tech types, where would (useful) new products come from?