Supporting Documents for Farm and Food File, Week of August 20, 2017

Background information for “The Men in Black”

Farm and Food File column for the week beginning Sunday, August 20, 2017

The art of politics is so old that there rarely is little new in it. The link below connects you to a 1964 essay (it began its life as a lecture the year before) by Prof. Richard Hofstadter on America’s “paranoid” swings in politics. In it, Hofstadter, a professor of American history at Columbia University, argued that America periodically goes “nuts” in how it uses politics to affect–or at least try to affect–change. It was a remarkable picture of American politics in 1964 and remains remarkably accurate yet today.

The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Harpers Magazine, November 1964


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