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The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays

The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays

Richard Hofstadter

Language: English

Pages: 218

ISBN: B00Y354BB2

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Original year of publication: 1965; 2008 - reissue

This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs. In The Paranoid Style in American Politics, acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe groups can influence — and derail — the larger agendas of a political party. He investigates the politics of the irrational, shedding light on how the behavior of individuals can seem out of proportion with actual political issues, and how such behavior impacts larger groups. With such other classic essays as “Free Silver and the Mind of 'Coin' Harvey” and “What Happened to the Antitrust Movement?, ” The Paranoid Style in American Politics remains both a seminal text of political history and a vital analysis of the ways in which political groups function in the United States.

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The Closing Days of Coin’s Financial School, Charles Elton Blanchard’s Report of Uncle Sam’s Homilies in Finance, Everett P. Wheeler’s Real Bi-Metallism or True Coin versus False Coin. Yet not one of these appears to have had even a small portion of the impact of the book it was meant to refute. These titles evoke the atmosphere of an age of polemics; yet perhaps the most remarkable thing about Coin’s Financial School is the comparative austerity of its tone. To be sure, it has its flashes of

later published in the Winter 1954–5 issue of The American Scholar. I have written nothing else of comparable brevity that aroused more attention or drew more requests for quotation or reprinting. It soon became apparent that several writers, working independently and simultaneously, were arriving at roughly similar approaches to McCarthyism and related phenomena. Daniel Bell, in The New American Right (1955), collected and introduced the relevant pieces, which had been written by David Riesman

society. But the right-wingers, who are willing to gamble with the future, enjoy the wide-ranging freedom of the agitational mind, with its paranoid suspicions, its impossible demands, and its millennial dreams of total victory. 1 The Future of the Republican Party (New York, 1964), p. 127. 2 “The laws of God, and of nature, have no date-line. The principles on which the Conservative political position is based have been established by a process that has nothing to do with the social,

it to Lodge: “I do not think a war with Spain would be serious enough to cause much strain on this country.” Lodge himself had a shrewder estimation than many timid financiers of the bearing of war on the currency question. “If we should have a war,” he wrote in March 1898, “we will not hear much of the currency question in the elections.”7 III THERE IS ONE ODD PARADOX in the evolution of sentiment from a war over freeing Cuba to a peace treaty ratifying the acquisition of the Philippines

to big business flourished must be aware that big business has not lived up to the horrifying billing that it got in the age of the muckrakers. It is not merely that no business treats competitors today as they were treated in the early days of the National Cash Register Company or Standard Oil. What is important is that a whole range of fears that existed in the Progressive era, based largely upon a preoccupation with an unknown future, has vanished. We now live in that future, and although it

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