This is a long piece, but really, really fascinating. I highly recommend a read.
Written in 1964, it talks about the “paranoid style” in American politics, but it’s a universal phenomenon. I’ve been calling it “bunker mentality” or “enemy at the gates mentality”, but “the paranoid style” seems more succinct.
Interesting to compare the spasms of social paranoia and political frothings of the past with those we’re seeing now. The fevered accusations against Catholics vs the rhetoric around Planned Parenthood etc.
You can even see it in GamerGate and its lengthy diatribes and volumes of “evidence” of a vast conspiracy against gamers.
History really does repeat itself.
As a side note, I’m not quite sure at what point I started finding political essays from the 60s fascinating, but yeah, that’s a thing now.
I was one of those apathetic people who didn’t even think it worthwhile voting until I was 25.
Getting older is weird, man.