Source: Conor Lynch, Salon, July 7
“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have demonstrated how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But behind this I believe there is a style of mind that is far from new and that is not necessarily right-wing. 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.”
This is a quote from “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” by Richard Hofstadter. The essay was written in 1964 – shortly after Donald Trump had graduated from high school – and described the Barry Goldwater movement. It was published in November, the month of the 1964 presidential election.