In fact the idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would have little contemporary relevance or historical value if it were applied only to men with profoundly disturbed minds it is the use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal people that makes the phenomenon significant. The paranoid style in american politics ist der titel eines essays des us amerikanischen historikers richard j hofstadter der erstmals in kurzform im november 1964 in harpers magazine veroffentlicht wurde 1965 veroffentlichte der autor eine essaysammlung in buchform unter demselben titel the paranoid style in american politics and other essays die die ausfuhrlichere fassung des . The book includes old essays on political history with some social psychology it is amazing how analysis of many disturbing issues in the politics of the 1950s and 1960s help one understand the current political climate. Throughout the ages the paranoid style has been used to arouse public indignation and to attack established institutions and or entrenched traditions that have grown ineffectual. The paranoid style in american politics is an essay by american historian richard j hofstadter first published in harpers magazine in november 1964 it served as the title essay of a book by the author in the same year
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