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Brown Scare, Red Scare, Fake Scare, Who’s Scared?

Brown Scare, Red Scare, Fake Scare, Who’s Scared?

The demands of the American empire have been used throughout the twentieth century to influence domestic politics and popular opinion on foreign affairs. The exaggerated threat of foreign agents and alien ideologies in league with one’s political opponents has long been used to constrain the Overton Window on foreign policy, and its one of the few bipartisan institutions in Washington. Offenders from across the political spectrum have participated in a "scare cycle" that has hampered our politics and narrowed our minds. Such is the case today, with supporters of the foreign policy status quo...

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Power Elite Analysis: Lessons from the ‘Conspiracist’ Right and New Left Academics

Power Elite Analysis: Lessons from the ‘Conspiracist’ Right and New Left Academics

The United States is amidst a full-blown moral panic concerning the authenticity and proliferation of online discourse. This latest culture of information anxiety over "misinformation" is an example of what one preeminent scholar called "conspiracy panics." This panic is similar to an earlier fear of the "ultraright," which helped define American politics throughout the 1960s. A quick history of one "ultraright" figure and his unlikely influence upon a New Left academic offers us valuable warnings and a possible path forward in our time of information anxiety. Dan Smoot was an...

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The Loneliness of Ron Paul: By the Numbers, 1975-1985

The Loneliness of Ron Paul: By the Numbers, 1975-1985

In 2022, the ideological landscape of American foreign policy opposition is the most dynamic and diverse it has been in over eight decades. This newfound disorder is especially true for the right, as a new crop of libertarian-leaning and populist Republicans are challenging fundamental precepts of America’s mission in the world. For those who know their foreign policy history or are old enough to remember the Cold War, this represents a sea change in the American right. While the right has a long history of “isolationism,” that tradition of foreign policy restraint waned for much of the...

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