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Conspiracies of conspiracies : how delusions have overrun America

Author: Thomas Milan Konda
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It’s tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories, with seemingly each churn of the news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large-scale paranoia. But the sad fact is that these narratives of suspicion—and the delusional psychologies that fuel them—have been a constant presence in American life for nearly as long as there’s been an America. In this sweeping book,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Konda, Thomas Milan
Conspiracies of Conspiracies : How Delusions Have Overrun America
Chicago : University of Chicago Press,c2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Milan Konda
ISBN: 9780226585932 022658593X
OCLC Number: 1086610934
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: conspiracy theories and conspiracism --
The invention of conspiracy theory: the French Revolution and the Bavarian Illuminati --
Conspiracism takes shape in the United States --
Preconditions for modern conspiracism: Jewish assimilation, premillennialism, and Aryan occultism --
The international Jewish conspiracy and the secret government --
The emergence of the hidden hand --
The rise and fall of the hidden hand --
From neo-Nazi to white supremacist conspiracism --
The emergence of the new world order --
The conspiracy of personal destruction --
The planners take over --
Pan-ideological conspiracy theories: denialism and cover-up --
Conspiracism proliferates: some anomalies --
Christian identity and the white race --
The government conspiracy against "us" --
Conspiracism rebounds: truthers, birthers, and the new militias --
Conspiracism enters the mainstream --
The attack on science --
Democracy and civil society.
Responsibility: Thomas Milan Konda.

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Konda traces the America's obsession with conspiratorial thought from the early days of the Republic up to our own anxious moment.  Read more...

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