Tag Archives: Richard Hofstadter

Explaining the American Dream

Growing up in the new raw post-war suburbs of Pittsburgh was pretty much an all-white experience, even if the hero of all heroes in Pittsburgh will always be Roberto Clemente, a black man from Puerto Rico whose English was limited. … Continue reading

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Affirming the Negative

Americans live on a knife’s edge – everything is a crisis and someone is always out to take your stuff, or your freedoms, or your precious bodily fluids – and that 1964 Strangelove movie captured what Richard Hofstadter, in his … Continue reading

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The Natural State of Paranoia

There’s being foolishly naïve, and then there’s being cautiously trusting of others, and then there’s being skeptical but intelligent about it, and then there’s being cynical, followed by being bitter and holding a grudge against the world. The next step … Continue reading

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Thinking about Masculinity

It was always a battle of the sexes – the Republican Party was always the Daddy Party. That meant they were firm and a little brutal about things, but it was for our own good, for the good of the … Continue reading

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The Limits of Encouraging Resentment

The year the Democrats met in Boston and nominated John Kerry, and that unknown senator from nowhere, Barack Obama, gave that stirring keynote speech about how we’re all in this together, and we are our brother’s keeper, and we can … Continue reading

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Absurdist Politics

The next time you’re in Paris and have a few hours to kill you could visit the small Salvador Dalí museum up in Montmartre – and that will certainly kill those few hours. It’s dark, the ceilings are low, and … Continue reading

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Watching the Flame-Out

Trying to get your party’s nomination to be the one who runs for president – against that evil awful person from the other party – can be demoralizing. Some candidacies don’t last long. Howard Dean was gone with one scream, … Continue reading

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