By Michael Barkun
What do flying saucers believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in line with Michael Barkun during this attention-grabbing but demanding publication, rather a lot. it's renowned that a few american citizens are enthusiastic about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated problematic tales of hidden plots. what's some distance much less identified is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately develop into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions reminiscent of a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the extreme genealogies and diversifications of those more and more frequent rules, Barkun exhibits how this internet of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the web and during mass media, how a brand new kind of conspiracy pondering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to greater alterations in American tradition. This e-book, written by means of a number one professional at the topic, is the main complete and authoritative exam of latest American conspiracism to date.
Barkun discusses quite a number material-involving inner-earth caves, executive black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New international Order cabals, and lots more and plenty more-that few discover exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestations of those rules in a variety of literature and resource fabric from non secular and political literature, to New Age and unidentified flying object guides, to pop culture phenomena comparable to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun unearths that the United States is within the throes of an unmatched interval of millenarian job. His publication 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