Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries

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Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries

Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries

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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. We are thus left with no tools with which to analyse that success, despite its potentially grave consequences.

Before the black box from United 93 had even been found, there were theories put forth from the implausible to the offensive and outrageous.

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In this blog post, I will share 5 books about conspiracy theories that you must read if you want to dive deeper into the world of conspiracies. My interest is mainly the many Oxford realities which are hidden away within the apparent fantasy of the ‘Alice’ books, an angle which has enabled me to lecture on this internationally famous topic as far away as Assam in India. For the book, I took some of these conspiracies and turned them back into fiction – but treated them as literal truth. By exploring the development of Welch’s political worldview, A Conspiratorial Life shows how the John Birch Society’s rabid libertarianism—and its highly effective grassroots networking—became a profound, yet often ignored or derided influence on the modern Republican Party. The fraught case did much to stoke fears of Soviet infiltration during the darkest days of the cold war.To that end, he discusses Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics, the militia movement, The X-Files, popular Christian apocalyptic thought, and such artifacts of suspicion as The Turner Diaries, the Illuminatus!

This is a risky choice because the author is my old university colleague and later television writing partner, to whom I’ve been married for 41 years.It fights to suppress the “Jes Grew” virus, a feverish dance of jazz and freedom spread by certain black artists (“Jes Grew that touched John Coltrane’s tenor; that tinged the voice of Otis Redding”). Like Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code, the novel draws on the Rennes-le-Château mythologies about the Ark of the Covenant. Fenster makes a powerful argument for regarding conspiracism as an integral product of the political system, reflecting inadequacies the establishment itself is blind to and expressing strong desires for the realization of frustrated ideals.

However, the study of law and illiberalism is a relatively recent undertaking, a project that takes on urgency in light of the rise of authoritarian powers, among them Donald Trump’s administration, Viktor Orban’s Hungary, Recep Erdogan’s Turkey, and Jair Bolsanoro’s Brazil.

Whether you’re interested in the history of conspiracy theories, the psychology behind them, or their impact on contemporary society, these books have something to offer. This book is not about proving or debunking any alleged conspiracy; rather, it sets out to explain why people believe conspiracy theories in the first place, and why those who dismiss them out of hand are missing an important part of the picture. In what may be a sign of the difficulty of the task, a definition of ‘conspiracy theory’ is only offered by Uscinski roughly 50 pages into the book. It’s so easy to look around and point the finger at those who benefit most from the world’s problems as being the cause agents when nothing could be further from the truth. It is our collective hopes, our weaknesses, and our fears – multiplied in their billions – that create the super-structure that billionaires enjoy.

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