By Michael Barkun
What do unidentified flying object believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in response to Michael Barkun during this interesting but anxious e-book, rather a lot. it truly is popular that a few americans are passionate about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated complicated tales of hidden plots. what's a long way much less identified 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 frequent rules, Barkun exhibits how this internet of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the net and during mass media, how a brand new variety of conspiracy considering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to better adjustments in American tradition. This e-book, written through a number one professional at the topic, is the main accomplished 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 international Order cabals, and masses more-that few notice exists in our tradition. taking 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 flying saucers guides, to pop culture phenomena comparable to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun reveals that the United States is within the throes of an unmatched interval of millenarian task. His e-book underscores the significance of figuring out 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