Hey, the proceedings of the Salem Witch Trials would not have been so harsh if not for the spells those witches were casting on the young girls of Salem. You might say that the approach taken by Professor Midgley in his interrogations with Grant Palmer's students, friends, family and co-workers was reminiscent of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities and unbecoming to the role of an academician, but you would then be trivializing the extent to which Palmer's history revelations would corrupt the youth of Athens. So there.
Yes, the threat of witchcraft and communist infiltrators has been greatly underestimated in human history, moksha. Excellent point.
At least we can be relieved that Socrates, the "witches," and the "communists" were all appropriately executed or shunned.