By Michael Barkun
What do unidentified flying object believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in line with Michael Barkun during this interesting but hectic e-book, quite a bit. it really is popular that a few american citizens are keen 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 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 comparable to a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the extreme genealogies and variations of those more and more common principles, Barkun indicates how this net of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the web and during mass media, how a brand new sort of conspiracy pondering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to better adjustments in American tradition. This e-book, written by means of a number one professional at the topic, is the main accomplished and authoritative exam of latest American conspiracism to date.
Barkun discusses more than a few material-involving inner-earth caves, govt black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New global Order cabals, and lots more and plenty more-that few discover exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestations of those principles in a variety of literature and resource fabric from non secular and political literature, to New Age and flying saucers courses, to pop culture phenomena similar to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun reveals that the US is within the throes of an unequalled 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