The Shadow of Fascist Philosophy on Today's Conservative Politics

To the Editor:

This is a mean season in American politics. It is a disquieting sign of just how polarized public debate has become that Alan Wolfe, one of our most balanced, informed, and illuminating public intellectuals, has lost his cool and has taken to vulgarizing ideas and to demonizing one set of partisans and sanctifying another.

In "A Fascist Philosopher Helps Us Understand Contemporary Politics" (The Chronicle Review, April 2), Wolfe argues that Bush-administration