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.
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.