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While interesting and detailed in their own right and helpful in understanding the power of demagoguery, they reinforce the notion that elites use conspiracy theorising without actually believing in it. Since conspiracy theorists and their theories exist on the fringes of power, the threat they pose, according to several contributors to Conspiracy Theories, is that they can corrode societal trust and governmental capacity, and that they can be used to upend the status quo by a system’s ‘losers’ (Atkinson and Dewett, 125). In Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them , Joseph Uscinski presents a collection that brings together contributors to offer a wide-ranging take on conspiracy theories, examining them as historical phenomena, psychological quirks, expressions of power relations and political instruments. A counterfactual might explain why neither case, or indeed any similar case, is analysed as an example of conspiracy theorising. Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Covid-19 provides a wide-ranging analysis of the emergence and development of conspiracy theories during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a focus on the US and the UK.

The essays examine conspiracy theories as historical phenomena, psychological quirks, expressions of power relations and as political instruments. JFK, Karl Marx, the Pope, Aristotle Onassis, Howard Hughes, Fox Mulder, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes—all have been linked to vastly complicated global (or even galactic) intrigues. There are a lot of books that attempt to understand the lure of conspiracy theories and their effect on our lives.Before the black box from United 93 had even been found, there were theories put forth from the implausible to the offensive and outrageous. Characterizing conspiracy theories as “a secularized version of religion,” Dickey argues they must be resisted as part of the struggle for a free and fair democracy. As such, while Conspiracy Theories is an interesting, expansive study of conspiracy theories, it is ultimately incomplete. Fenster argues that conspiracy theories are a form of popular political interpretation and contends that understanding how they circulate through mass culture helps us better understand our society as a whole.

They tackle all the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill. This is an ongoing comic series (even the art makes reality seem haunted and insubstantial), so while there are already several collected editions, there’s no end in sight.Though the group’s paranoiac right-wing nativism was dismissed by conservative thinkers like William F. She spends time out in the desert near Area 51, hanging out with believers looking for aliens and trying to understand their deeper motivations, in the process tracing the metaphors and stories that conservative Americans tell themselves to make sense of a changing world. Some of these volumes are hard to get, but there are some remaining copies at the Lewis Carroll Society if interested. It not only showcases distinct conspiracies across global sites and time periods, but also petitions readers to examine their own investments in conspiratorial thinking. What Shermer's book does is delve into the reasons why we are so ready to believe that, to borrow a phrase from perhaps the ultimate conspiracy theory work of culture, the X-Files: The Truth is Out There.

After all, as Uscinski himself acknowledges in the Introduction, the conspiracy theorist has made it past the White House fence. When Barkun was writing around the turn of the millennium, apocalyptic fervor had gripped both the extremist fringe and the mainstream population; Barkun saw how this yearning for some kind of End Times was sliding into conspiracy theory and paranoia and offered a roadmap for understanding our current paranoid moment.And his articulation of the set of political-rather than pathological-reasons for their behavior is salutary. Meanwhile, an ‘instrumental rationale’ is apparent in discussions of the deep state conspiracy in the Turkish parliament (Türkay Salim Nefes, 392). We see how people in what we consider the distant past thought about their own history, and how they discussed momentous political and social issues across a seemingly insurmountable divide in a period of existential crisis.

A couple of decades, a BCALA literary award, and a three-book deal later, my wild imagination has grown into a passion for exposing the truth. Countercultural mayhem … Oliver Senton as Robert Anton Wilson and Kate Alderton as Arlen Wilson in Daisy Campbell’s play Cosmic Trigger. Partly inspired by the Weathermen, the novel tells the story of Vida as she struggles to maintain a double life, between clandestine anti-state actions and superficial legitimacy. Morton Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and author of Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria. Explore this compelling collection of unexplained circumstances and uncover hidden agendas, startling allegations, and baffling evidence.The novel plays out against a backdrop of anti-Vietnam war protests as Doctorow makes a wry comment on the nature and possibility of dissent in the US. The project is a reading of conspiracy theory as an index of a certain strain of late 20th-century American despondency and malaise, especially as understood by people experiencing downward social mobility. It analyses conspiracy theories from a variety of perspectives, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Lepselter blends the genres of academic monograph and memoir in ways that make for a fascinating read. Argentinian presidents, finally, have resorted to conspiracy theory as a ‘mechanism for shoring up their authority’; if used properly, conspiracy theory discourse has ‘multilayered uses within strategic and political communications’ (Tanya Filer, 396, 404).

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