By Michael Barkun
What do unidentified flying object believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in keeping with Michael Barkun during this attention-grabbing but irritating booklet, quite a bit. it's renowned that a few american citizens are keen about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated complex tales of hidden plots. what's some distance much less recognized is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately turn into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions corresponding to a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the extreme genealogies and variations of those more and more frequent principles, Barkun indicates how this internet of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the web and during mass media, how a brand new form of conspiracy pondering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to greater adjustments in American tradition. This publication, written by means of a number one specialist at the topic, is the main finished and authoritative exam of up to date American conspiracism to date.
Barkun discusses a number material-involving inner-earth caves, executive black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New international Order cabals, and masses more-that few become aware of exists in our tradition. taking a look heavily on the manifestations of those principles in a variety of literature and resource fabric from spiritual and political literature, to New Age and unidentified flying object courses, to pop culture phenomena corresponding to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun reveals that the United States is within the throes of an unequalled interval of millenarian task. His publication underscores the significance of realizing 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