Tag Archives: Richard Hofstadter

Sacred Space, Chosen-ness, and Perspectives on the American Past


In his classic book, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion (1959), Mircea Eliade suggested that humanity has always sought to designate physical locations as either sacred—to be held reverent and exceptional, to be approached with respect and awe—or … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture”


Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture. By Mark Fenster. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, second edition 2008. More than fifty years ago the great consensus historian Richard Hofstadter argued in The Paranoid Style in American Politics that the … Continue reading

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