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My contention, a disturbing one, is that the paranoid style has become much less ideological and partisan since Hofstadter’s lecture and now afflicts both left and right without prejudice. Indeed, sometimes it seems like the paranoid style is almost now the ordinary style among the most politically active.

The immediate impetus for this little epiphany came after I wrote a couple columns that complained about what I felt was a demagogic charade of political blame and scapegoating after Hurricane Katrina. Many readers from the left wrote in, angrily, that I had absurdly called Katrina a "natural disaster." Did I not know that it was caused by global warming and could have been prevented if President Bush had only signed the Kyoto pact? Didn’t I know that in four and a half years in office, the Bush administration had destroyed all the natural wetlands that would have protected New Orleans? This was not only a man-made hurricane; it was made by one omnipotent man who was President of the United States.

These e-mails reminded my of a passage from Hofstadter's essay describing how the paranoid sees The Enemy, The Conspirator:
“He is a free active, demonic agent. He wills, indeed he manufactures, the mechanism of history himself, or deflects the normal course of history in an evil way. He makes crises, starts runs on banks, causes depressions, manufactures disasters, and then enjoys and profits from the misery he has produced.”

He creates hurricanes. He starts wars for cheap oil. He steals elections.

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The political paranoid, according to Hofstadter, “is a double sufferer, since he is afflicted not only by the real world, with the rest of us, but by his fantasies as well.” My worry is that their fantasies are becoming our realities. But maybe that’s a bit paranoid.
 

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I knew it was true, Prez Bush and Karl Rove had a time machine built so they could go back to the 1800s and start the industrial Revolution so that 200 years later when he was the Prez, 'global warming' would come along and start two hurricanes that would wipe out half the south to punish them for helping him win two elections. Makes sence to me..LOL
 
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