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IowanMaga 4 points ago +4 / -0

A question I would also lioe to know. Is it a "pinkerton"? And exactly what were those too?

Boomers, teach us these words!

Ghostof_PatrickHenry 7 points ago +7 / -0

It’s a term from the mid-20th century to describe a communist in hiding, or somebody who unwittingly embraced communist ideology.

Red = communism (not to be confused with the modern association of Red = conservative)

AllahFubar 4 points ago +4 / -0

Just clarifying, the above def is for pinko.

For the Pinkerton definition, it is unrelated to pinko. Pinkerton was a famous detective agency founded by Allan Pinkerton and gained fame during the mid to late 1800s. Pinktertons plural refers to the Pinkerton agents in general.