The Messianic Style in American Politics

In 1964, prominent historian Richard Hofstedter published, in Harper’s magazine, an essay with the title, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” There he described a deep seated impulse among a cohort of political actors in the United States who lived in constant terror of some malevolent force that threatened the continued existence of the Republic.…

The Zombie Claim about Trump and Christian Conservatives

This tired topic needs to die. Once again, various people are busy puzzling themselves over how it could be that Christian conservatives could support a man who’s personal life is a moral train wreck. He has been married three times! He lusts after his own daughter! He lies constantly! How could they!??! Under the ridiculous…

Of Special Prosecutors and Senate Investigations

There are good reasons to compare the so called President’s Russian connection problem to Watergate, the Uber political conspiracy in the United States. Both involve megalomaniacal, Republican Presidents who exhibit clear signs of significant mental illness. There are important differences. Richard Nixon, the Republican President who gave us Watergate, made it through his first term…