Hemingway was depressed and paranoid in his last years. Wherewith he shot himself. Friends doubted his consistent statements that the FBI was on his trail. Now we know that Hemingway was not being paranoid. The FBI was pursuing him J. Edgar Hoover was the ideal incarnation of the Cold War depression and paranoia.He was instrumental in creating the witch hunt that fueled the rise of Nixon. Our era has been dominated by racism and anti-Communism. The liberation as we have achieved has merely chipped away at these still powerful idolatries. Idolatries are characterized by one reality. They are lethal.