Now there is obviously 'no smoke without fire' and some legitimacy to concerns, but am I alone in thinking this plague of moral indignation at perceived misogyny, sexual abuse & harrassment, anti-semitism and racism has become a runaway train. The latest revelations starting with Weinberg is one example and the whole thing resembles the Salem witch hunts where people made malicious accusations against a neighbour because they coveted their property, for self aggrandisement or because they simply disliked them which seemed to require no physical evidence before the entire community turned on the accused. The same thing happened in 1950s USA with the McCarthy witch hunt where people in the film business turned on each other in a mass hysteria denouncing their friends and colleagues as Communists or communist sympathisers. Now we have accusers pouring out of the woodwork, some of which may be genuine but some will be false and possibly used as a vehicle to generate publicity for the 'victim'. Worryingly, in both cases the accused whether guilty or not is seed as guilty and instant retribution is the order of the day with contracts being cancelled jobs lost and reputations destroyed. Even away from Hollywood, the media seem to fan the flames. Any remarks, even poor jokes or private conversations (see John Humphries conversation with Jon Stopel reported today re equal pay for female colleagues) were seized upon (and distorted) by the media. All these "ruined lives" from having had a knee touched by a man". All it takes is a good slap and a loud get off at the time which is what used to happen. As some women have said, saying I" felt pressured into putting up with it "(to further my career) simply does a mis-service to women. S Strangely much of this hand wringing moral indignation seems to be most prevalent in English speaking countries such as USA, UK Australia.