More thoughts on Hofstadter’s “Paranoid Style” Written by Arthur Goldwag Click here . Advertisements Share this:FacebookTwitterPrintEmail Related One thought on “More thoughts on Hofstadter’s “Paranoid Style”” Glad to see the author in that link making reference to Hofstadter’s less famous essay, “The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt.” I’ve been waiting for someone in the news (print or tv) to quote the following passage from the conclusion, as it seems to be a particularly prescient and acute analysis of what is going on with, say, global warming or health care. “[I]n a populistic culture like ours, which seems to lack a responsible elite with political and moral autonomy, and in which it is possible to exploit the wildest currents of public sentiment for private purposes, it is at least conceivable that a highly organized, vocal, active and well-financed minority could create a political climate in which the rational pursuit of our well-being and safety would become impossible.” Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email.