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Hofstadter’s mention of some abolitionists “who regarded the United States as being in the grip of a slaveholders’ conspiracy” rings true.The GOP’s Paranoid Streak From John Birchers to Anti-Vaxxers|Matt Lewis|July 9, 2021|The Daily Beast
In the 1950s, you had people like Richard Hofstadter and Arthur Schlesinger moving back and forth between the two worlds.
Whether or not we live in a more paranoid era than the one Hofstadter was writing about is, however, open to question.Paranoia Crept into American Political Life a Long Time Ago|Lewis Beale|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It turned out that the paranoid style described by Hofstadter was equally a property of the left and right.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism|Fred Siegel|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1962, historian Richard Hofstadter famously dubbed it “anti-intellectualism in American life.”
Half a century ago, the great American historian Richard Hofstadter wrote about “the paranoid style in American politics.”