July 16, 2004

Winning, losing, and propaganda

Thomas Frank on why the Hate Amendment is still dangerous after -- indeed, because of -- its inevitable crash and burn.

What explains this folly?
Not simple bigotry, as some pundits declared, or even simple politics. While it is true that the amendment was a classic election-year ploy, it owes its power as much to a peculiar narrative of class hostility as it does to homophobia or ideology. And in this narrative, success comes by losing.

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