Conspiracy Theories (Pocket Essential series) by Robin Ramsay

By Robin Ramsay

Conspiracy theories are all the following, yet not only coated as much as be ridiculed and pushed aside. For one of the absurd conspiracy theories presently proliferating on the net, there are nuggets of actual study approximately genuine conspiracies ready to be mined. absolutely sourced and referenced, this book is a major exam of a desirable phenomenon.

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1 The proliferation of conspiracy theories in the English-speaking world is attributable to more prosaic factors: the failing US empire, recent developments in technology, and the actual events in US political history since the sixties. Although the triumphalist post-Cold War rhetoric may mask this, the American Dream is faltering. At best, real wage rates are no higher for many of the working class in America than they were twenty years ago. For some they are lower. The days when a middle class American family could afford to put their children through college on one (generally male) salary are over.

The views of the British author John Coleman, now resident in the USA, who claims to be a former member of the British secret service, publishes a newsletter, World in Review, and is widely quoted in the conspiracy culture. Of his background I know nothing. Of his claims to have been a member of the Secret Intelligence Service I am profoundly skeptical but, since SIS does not publish a list of employees, past and present, I can only say that nothing of his that I have read has ever betrayed any sign of being the work of a former British intelligence officer.

On the back of The X-Files a large media bubble was built in this country, at the height of which there were five professionally produced, fullcolour, nationally distributed magazines (and one multi• 36 • I A M PA R A N O I D B U T A M I PA R A N O I D E N O U G H ? part work) devoted to the so-called ‘X-Files agenda’ – in other words, to conspiracy theories and the paranormal. Conspiracy theories have been in the mainstream for a while but, in early 2000, conspiracy theorists began getting onto mainstream television.

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