Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten is the author of nine books, including Where the West Ends and Tower of the Sun. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and others.

Hofstadter’s Paranoid Style Revisited

Hofstadter’s Paranoid Style Revisited

Hofstadter argued that McCarthyism was simply the latest iteration of a longstanding American tradition.

Michael J. Totten
Michael J. Totten
9 min read
Politics
Ukraine: On the Fault Line Between East and West

Ukraine: On the Fault Line Between East and West

MSNBC’s Joy Reid thinks the West’s galvanizing response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unfair. “Let’s face it,” she said on March 8th, “the world is paying attention because this is happening in Europe. If this was happening anywhere else, would we see the same outpouring

Michael J. Totten
Michael J. Totten
10 min read
Politics
Leaving Portland

Leaving Portland

Portland, Oregon, has been the most politically violent city in the United States since Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Just a few days after the result, a peaceful protest against the incoming president turned into a riot when anarchists broke off from the main group and rampaged through the

Michael J. Totten
Michael J. Totten
21 min read
Activism
'The Report' Review—A Careful Examination of the CIA's Interrogation Methods

'The Report' Review—A Careful Examination of the CIA's Interrogation Methods

The Report, a new film from Vice Studios starring Adam Driver, feels somehow both timely and late. It tells the story of American Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Driver), who was tasked with investigating the U.S. government’s “enhanced interrogation” program in the late 2000s. The program, which many denounced

Michael J. Totten
Michael J. Totten
10 min read
Cinema