Stabbed in the Back; The past and future of a right-wing myth

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Every state must have its enemies. Great powers must have especially monstrous foes. Above all, these foes must arise from within, for national pride does not admit that a great nation can be defeated by any outside force.

That is why... the stab in the back has become the sustaining myth of modern American nationalism-- the device by which the American right wing has both revitalized itself and repeatedly avoided responsibility for its own worst blunders. Indeed, the right has distilled its tale of betrayal into a formula...

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