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Richard Hofstadter

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

P.T. Barnum, Joe McCarthy, and the Rise of Ted Cruz

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

If we can speak at all of an American collective memory, there are two archetypes which loom large in those shady mists -- the huckster, and the paranoid demagogue.

Paul Krugman: Paranoia Over Gas Prices Strikes Deeper

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Actually, it’s the noise a great political party makes when it loses what’s left of its mind. And it happened — ...

The Paranoid Style in Republican Politics

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

I see a real fight coming at the Republican convention for 2012, one which may be so deep and hostile that issues such as that of President Obama's racial and religious identity may be thrown down for all to see.

Whatever Happened to an Opposition Party?

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

An established democracy, in whatever form, requires a majority that works with a critical opposition offering constructive alternatives -- not that ships them off or rubs them out.

The Bullying Style in American Politics

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Prolonged and systematic attacks on any group in an effort to take away their rights, voice, and respect in society are a hallmark of the bullying style in American politics.

The Palin Problem (It's Not What You Think...)

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

The real crisis in American politics isn't about one tragic shooting, its about a cultural phenomenon -- the celebration of stupidity -- that has taken over this country.

The Paranoid Style in American Politics: Its Past, Present and Future

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Now that a few days have passed since the Arizona shootings, perhaps it's time to place the analysis of political violence in America in a broader historical perspective.

Paranoid Politics: The Denial of Islamophobia

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jillian York

Concerned communities should engage in dialogue with Muslims and their organizations, and learn more about them, rather than rely on the types of prejudices and paranoia being hawked by Islamophobes.

Hold the Hofstadter: Why the GOP Is Winning 2010

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

Over the last few months, a number of prominent political columnists have pointed to historian and social critic Richard Hofstadter to explain what is happening to the Republican Party. Here's why they shouldn't.

Sarah Palin and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Like George W. Bush, Sarah Palin fears self-evaluation and contemplation. They both prefer to be ruled by their gut instincts. Of course, they're too arrogant and insecure to acknowledge when these instincts lead them astray.