From the point of view of ideology prevalent in Western societies, communism obviously did not have a good image, but the image it had was not the worst. It never incited the indignation that fascism did, the latter term having catapulted to almost diabolical notoriety and denoting the worst of political evil, always placed on the political Right. For this reason anticommunism did not acquire respectability even remotely comparable to that of antifascism. In fact, it was never widely respected, either in America or in Western Europe, or eventually in Eastern Europe after the fall of the old regime. Perhaps the democratic liberals intuitively sensed they had a deeper bond, no matter how unclear, with the communists than with the anticommunists.
Ryszard Legutko, http://a.co/dbadHFv“>The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies: