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Seven years after the Berlin Wall fell, why is there still so much hysterical talk about socialists? No sooner does some hapless pol do something like defend the 40-hour work week than enemies get out the red brush. According to political scientist John Kenneth White, that’s because after two generations with the Cold War as our central political issue, we haven’t figured out anything else to fight about. Oh sure, you can beat up on immigrants or minorities or unwed mothers, but no one term conveys the whole slew of negativessissy, unpatriotic, lazy, out of touch, foreign, intellectual, apple pie-hating, non-sport-utility-vehicle-owningthe way the word “commie” does. And if you disagree, don’t be afraid to use it in person when White discuss his new book, Still Seeing Red: How the Cold War Shapes the New American Politics at 7:30 p.m. at Borders, 534 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. FREE. (301) 921-0990. (MS)