SOURCE: Boston Review
by Nicolas Guilhot
"The champions of debunking and the new information vigilantes are not interested in entertaining the possibility that the root cause of conspiracy theories may be located outside the mind and may require a reexamination of our economic and social arrangements."
SOURCE: The Baffler
by Kathryn Olmsted
Why today’s historians (but not pundits) are reluctant to embrace Hofstadter’s approach.
SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Thanks Are Due Above All to My Wife."
Hofstadter never abandoned his liberal views. But his fear of the mob qualified him as a conservative by temperament.
by Alan Wolfe
We need to move beyond Richard Hofstadter's formulation of "paranoid" to understand today's Tea Party Republicans.
by Robert Brent Toplin
How the paranoid style in American politics has shut down the government.
by Christopher S. Parker
Credit: Wiki Commons.Who, or what, is the Tea Party? Its leaders claim to be conservative, yet the regularity with which the movement and its supporters stray from traditional American conservatism is, frankly, shocking.This claim isn’t based on wild presumption or anecdotal evidence. Rather, this conclusion is based upon the most complete empirical study of the Tea Party, and its supporters, to date.The Tea Party, and its supporters, claim they’re about core conservative principles such as small government and fiscal responsibility. They claim to resist the policies of the Obama administration on ideological grounds: Government, they say, is too big and spends too much.
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