Sunday, January 23, 2011


"But the modern right wing, as Daniel Bell has put it, feels dispossessed: America has been largely taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion. The old American virtues have already been eaten away by cosmopolitans and intellectuals; the old competitive capitalism has been gradually undermined by socialistic and communistic schemers; the old national security and independence have been destroyed by treasonous plots, having as their most powerful agents not merely outsiders and foreigners as of old but major statesmen who are at the very centers of American power."
Richard Hofstadter "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." Harper’s Magazine. November 1964.
While I suspect that right wing of today is significantly different than the right wing of 47 years ago, I am still amazed by the fact that if you didn't put a date on Hofstadter's statement, you'd have no way of knowing that he hadn't coined it just yesterday.

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