The Paranoid Style

06 Dec
December 6, 2015

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.

9 replies
  1. M.Miles says:

    Oh man, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    And yeah, I echo that sentiment about getting old. Election went by here a few months ago and I actually cared about what happened. I even knew all the candidates and what they stood for. Bizarre.

    Thanks for sharing the article. Any idea when the game will be out so I can start throwing money at you?

  2. gareth says:

    My pleasure.

    I’m planning to wrap up dev this week, so it should be out sometime next week*! 😀

    *Assuming the back end sales stuff isn’t too hard to setup (I hear it’s pretty easy).

    Thanks for all the support man! 😀

  3. gareth says:

    Actually, it’s looking like that was somewhat ambitious. I’m aiming to get the game finished over the next day or so, then I’ve got Christmas vacation time which I desperately need (I’m super burned out, honestly), and I’ll release the game when I come back from that.

    Otherwise, I know what will happen. I’ll race to get it finished, push it up online, go on holiday and immediately start getting emails about it being broken in some way, or download links not working or something. Murphy’s law. XD

    It’ll be out early January.

  4. M.Miles says:

    That’s alright. Probably for the best. Enjoy your December holiday!

  5. Daniel says:

    Merry Xmas Gareth! 🙂

  6. gareth says:

    Merry Christmas, Daniel!

  7. Daniel says:

    Hey Gareth this game I just found sounds kind of cool, basically you control the crew of earth’s first interplanetary voyage and you’ve got to keep them alive. They might even resort to cannibalism. 🙂

  8. Daniel says:

    oops. forgot to post a link, here you go:

  9. Daniel says:

    You all right Gareth? It’s been like 4 months since you posted.


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