Fools for Communism--Still Apologists After All These Years... a book review over at Reason.com. Two thoughts on this topic: One is that young Americans with liberal and left leanings still fail to grasp the inherent wrongness of the communist dream, and sometimes ally themselves, with or apologize for, the murderers of millions. Another is that socialism and communism are still seen as the opposite of capitalism (which might not be an unfair notion), but this idea unfortunately seems to limit critiques on capitalism to having a socialist nature.
Related anecdote: Saw an ad for a talk about, and rally against, Ashcroft and the growing police state. The talk was at a gathering of socialist intellectuals. Life imitates parody sometimes, too.