Originally published 01/26/2015
Hofstadter never abandoned his liberal views. But his fear of the mob qualified him as a conservative by temperament.
Originally published 10/25/2013
We need to move beyond Richard Hofstadter's formulation of "paranoid" to understand today's Tea Party Republicans.
Originally published 10/06/2013
Robert Brent Toplin
How the paranoid style in American politics has shut down the government.
Originally published 05/12/2013
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.
Originally published 01/26/2016
Americans besieged by today’s hateful rhetoric would be wise to look up Jacob Henry, whose seminal defense of his own faith—and others’—was once memorized by school children everywhere.
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