The United States Of Paranoia

The United States Of Paranoia

A Conspiracy Theory

eBook - 2013
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Jesse Walker's The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror. The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn't exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity. When such tales takes hold, Walker argues, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves. With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, Jesse Walker's The United States of Paranoia combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction. This edition includes primary-source documentation in the form of archival photographs, cartoons, and film stills selected by the author.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2013
ISBN: 9780062135575
0062135570
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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paul1
Apr 19, 2016

An excellent resource for those interested in the historic roots of paranoia and conspiracy thinking that has driven the psyche of the United States. I enjoyed the explanation of the various "enemies" that have been imagined to be attempting to control events, such as "The Enemy Above", "The Enemy Outside" and the "Enemy Within", which means a conspiracy theorist can point in any direction and find a plot against the U.S.A. And Walker points out such thinking is spread across the political spectrum so much so the conspiracy theories on the left and right become mirror images of the other.

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StarGladiator
Nov 25, 2015

This is the ideal gift for anyone who is sheeple stupid, totally devoid of any knowledge of the country, society, or government they live in and with.
Don't know how many human lives were taken by all the coups instigated by the US government through its intelligence agencies and/or the Pentagon?
Rest easy, this book's for you.
Have no idea the number of democracies the USA has overthrown?
Don't worry, this book's for you.
Never heard of John Kiriakou, Danny Cassalaro, Julian Assange, Thomas Drake, Jerry Sterling, Cate Jenkins, et cetera, et cetera?
You should grok this pile of flotsum.
Don't know about the privatization of eminent domain, the privatization of education, the criminalization of evidence collecting?
You will love this book, because you'll be just as ignorant after reading it!

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paul1
Apr 14, 2016

"The conspiracy theorist will always be with us, because he will always be us. We will never stop finding patterns. We will never stop spinning stories. We will always be capable of jumping to conclusions, particularly when we're dealing with other nations, factions, subcultures, or layers of the social hierarchy." pg.338

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paul1
Apr 14, 2016

"Human beings have a knack not just for finding patterns in chaos but for constructing stories to make sense of events, especially events that scare us...But when building a narrative you can fall into a trap, one where a combination of confirmation bias and serendipity blinds you to the ways your enticing story might fail to describe the world." pg.337

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