Post by nadinbrzezinski on Jun 15, 2017 11:55:34 GMT -5
June 15, 2017 (San Diego) In 1964 Richard Hofstadder wrote a piece for Harper’s Magazine called “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” In that essay, Hoffstader described something that he noticed in his age, that applies today. He wrote, “I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind.”
The essay is worth reading in full, for many of the things Hoffstader wrote, apply today.
Back then, like today, it resided mostly in the right wing of the political aisle. But elements of it are very recognizable in whatever passes for the left wing. What we have, is not new. The fear of the stranger, the fear of the outsider. Whether it is Senator Joseph McCarthy who saw communists in every office of the government. Or for that matter the populist party who feared the Catholics fifty years before, or for that matter our modern day brush with Islamophobia and xenophobia. None of this is new.
It's the ' Narcissistic Fibrosis ' caused by conversing with like minded people, which is normal but causes a fear of people who don't share our reasoning or are totally opposed to our way of thinking, though they might be the salt of the earth and we might build common ground . Ike didn't know the full consequences of what he devoted his farewell speech to, he spoke of the MIC but what he was warning us about were the usurping opportunists who would be tapping in to the Paranoia of politics .
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2017 7:01:52 GMT -5 by thehuron