By Michael Barkun
What do flying saucers believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in keeping with Michael Barkun during this interesting but irritating booklet, rather a lot. it really is renowned that a few american citizens are passionate about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated problematic tales of hidden plots. what's a ways much less identified is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately turn into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions akin to a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the intense genealogies and diversifications of those more and more frequent principles, Barkun indicates how this internet of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the net and during mass media, how a brand new variety of conspiracy pondering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to greater alterations in American tradition. This publication, written by way of a number one specialist at the topic, is the main complete and authoritative exam of latest American conspiracism to date.
Barkun discusses a variety of material-involving inner-earth caves, govt black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New global Order cabals, and masses more-that few detect exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestations of those rules in a variety of literature and resource fabric from spiritual and political literature, to New Age and alien ship guides, to pop culture phenomena akin to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun unearths that the USA is within the throes of an unequalled interval of millenarian task. His ebook underscores the significance of knowing why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yank culture.
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A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) by Michael Barkun