Editorial and “Op-Ed” pages have long referenced Richard Hofstadter’s essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” in order to debunk any notion of conspiracies bearing significance for American political science. Interestingly, and [perhaps] significantly, the CIA had much to do with the amplification and distribution of Hofstadter’s work. The initial iteration of his “Paranoid Style” essay was minted in November of 1963. Useful perspective on the national security establishment’s financing of intellectual product was provided in a little-recognized portion of President Eisenhower’s farewell speech on the role of the “military industrial complex” in American society: “a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. . . The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.” . . .