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Janerik Larsson:Den paranoida stilen i amerikansk politik

  FBI Director Christopher Wray, accompanied by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, right, speaks at a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018,
FBI Director Christopher Wray, accompanied by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, right, speaks at a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, Foto: Andrew Harnik
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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.

Så skriver Richard Hofstadter i inledningen till sin klassiska essä om amerikansk politik: The Paranoid Style in American Politics som publicerades hösten 1964.

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