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Archive for November, 2009

Laura Secor on Iran Elections

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Journalist Laura Secor details the recent suppression of the post-election Mousavi opposition in Iran and the intellectual roots of the detention, torture, and forced confessions hoisted upon civil leaders over the preceding decades.

View the video from the American Academy in Berlin

Paranoid Style of American Politics

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

In this essay, originally published in Harper’s in 1964, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Richard Hofstadter offers an astute thematic analysis of paranoia in American politics. He examines the paranoid reactions to Masons, Catholics, Jesuits, Communists and others. Sadly, perhaps his perceptions are as timely as ever.