The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter

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Trump is determined to reduce government to chaos!
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The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter, Harpers, November 1964

http://harpers.org/archive/1964/11/the-paranoid-style-in-american-politics/

“The megalomaniac’s view of oneself as the Elect, wholly good, abominably persecuted, yet assured of ultimate triumph; the attribution of gigantic and demonic powers to the adversary; the refusal to accept the ineluctable limitations and imperfections of human existence, such as transience, dissention, conflict, fallibility whether intellectual or moral; the obsession with inerrable prophecies…systematicized misinterpretations, always gross and often grotesque.”

“The paranoid is a militant leader. He does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish.”

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