Style has to do with the way in which ideas are believed and advocated rather than with the truth or falsity of their content.

Richard Hofstadter (1916-1970) American historian and intellectual
“The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Herbert Spencer Lecture, Oxford (Nov 1963)
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Reprinted in Harpers (Nov 1964). Often misattributed to Douglas Hofstadter.
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1 Response to “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Herbert Spencer Lecture, Oxford (Nov 1963)

  1. Dave says:

    Many thanks to Glen Worthey for pointing out I was one of those folk who had made that misattribution.

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