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For all you history buffs, knowledge seekers, or people who are just interested to hear some new things, this is for you. Let me first say that one of the many reasons I love Legend of Korra is all the connections to history that Mike and Bryan are (perhaps) using, because the history part of my personality is enjoying it considerably.
Today, I'm going to talk about the next episode of Korra: The Voice In The Night. After watching the trailer showing the raid by Tarrlok's task force on the Equalist hideout on Nick.com and after some major thinking, I realized this is a perfect representation of the Red Scare back in the 1920s and 30s in the U.S. The Red Scare was a period in the U.S after World War I when labor was getting massive amounts of attention and it was also just after the Russian Revolution of 1917 in which Communism was started in Russia. The fact that laborers were striking in massive numbers and there were anarchists attempting to bomb important business and political leaders scared many people to believe that the U.S.A could be a starting point of a new Socialist/ Communist revolution. The strikes and riots were blamed on Socialists and Anarchists, which in truth, some were. In 1919, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer formed a group who would raid groups of radicals and arrest them. Often, unconstitutional methods were used such as informants and wiretaps without a warrant which was authorized by an act of Congress called the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917 to shut down anti-war sentiments during World War I. When captured, the groups were often deported to Russia. There was even a supposed "plot" to overthrow the government on May 1st, but it never happened. After that, the Red Scare calmed down and people went on with their lives.
After reading this, you may be asking yourself, "What does any of this have to do with LOK, you nerd?" There are actually a few. For example, Tarrlok, a government official creating a task force to hunt down and eliminate Equalist hideouts is like Palmer leading a task force against the radical groups. The fact that the Equalists are kidnapping benders and taking away their powers could be like the anarchists targeting officials with bombs. The Equalist revolution is possibly like the Russian Revolution. If I remember correctly, Amon said in a trailer that he would not rest until the entire city achieves equality, so it could be like the May Day "plot" to overthrow the U.S government.
Now for some history-fueled theories. Could the Equalists start inspiring workers to strike and riot for better work qualities like at Hiroshi Sato's plants or Cabbage Corps? Could Tarrlok propose a bill that would prohibit any talk of the destruction of benders? Could Tarrlok propose a bill that invades people's privacy in Republic City? And lastly, could captured Equalists be deported somewhere? And if so, where? I'll let you folks ponder these questions. If your head is spinning, don't hesitate to ask me any questions or feel free to live your opinions below. Thanks for reading!