The grisly mix of fertilizer and hatred that detonated in Oklahoma City last week appears to provide stark evidence of something many Americans have denied: the existence of paranoid, violent thinking within our borders. Just what are the tenets of this thinking? And did they figure in last year's election returns?

Like other political movements before it, the radical right in America today has its extremist component, which plainly was a force in the 1994 elections. For instance, George Nethercutt, the giant-slayer Congressman who knocked off former House Speaker Tom Foley in Washington State, drew strength from radio shows where callers...

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