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 attention-grabbing but aggravating e-book, rather a lot. it truly is renowned that a few americans are enthusiastic about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated complicated tales of hidden plots. what's some distance much less recognized is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately develop into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions corresponding to a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the intense genealogies and diversifications of those more and more common rules, Barkun exhibits how this net of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the net and during mass media, how a brand new form of conspiracy considering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to greater alterations in American tradition. This e-book, written via a number one professional at the topic, is the main complete and authoritative exam of up to date American conspiracism to date.
Barkun discusses a number material-involving inner-earth caves, govt black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New international Order cabals, and lots more and plenty more-that few become aware of exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestations of those principles in quite a lot of literature and resource fabric from non secular and political literature, to New Age and alien craft courses, to pop culture phenomena akin to The X-Files, and to web content, radio courses, and extra, Barkun reveals that the US is within the throes of an unequalled interval of millenarian job. His ebook underscores the significance of knowing why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yankee culture.
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A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) by Michael Barkun