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Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From Kindle Edition
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While Mr. Pipes follows these twin paths of conspiracism, he demolishes the most widely accepted belief of the conspiracy theorists, that there are continuous sects and societies behind everything, and that all we see is simply the outward manifestation of their centuries long struggle for dominance. Make no mistake - the postulation of a continuous thread of conspiracism is not the same as accepting the existence of the conspiracies spanning generations and continents.Read more ›
Converging themes characterise Pipes' essay. The first is that virtually all conspiracy theories derive from two parallel European traditions: anti-Semitism, and a manufactured suspicion of `secret societies' like the Freemasons, Templars and Adam Weishaupt's `Bavarian Illuminati' - a group of provincial intellectuals in southern Germany in existence for only 12 years in the late 1700s, kept alive to this day in the fevered minds of conspiracy theorists as if they were still alive. The dual strands of Jew-hating and paranoia about `secret societies' have pursued separate development tracks, but occasionally intertwine. Together they characterize the `paranoid style' which has been exported from Europe in the past two centuries along with industrial technological know-how and political ideas like democracy.Read more ›
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If you are at all familiar with Time magazine, USA Today, or the Daily Mail you will no doubt have already seen the contents of this dreary tome several times over. Read morePublished 20 months ago by P. BENNETT
Having worked in Covert Operations for the unofficial US Gov. i saw many of my old partners in the book, a truly great readPublished on January 21, 2014 by Scott Barnes
Well written, learned so much about a topic that permeates our lives, especially when dealing with the Middle Eastern countries that are riddled with conspiracy theories, but this... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by sarah
I saw the History's Mysteries video that features snippets of the author, I can only question whom is it that he is working for? I consider him an establishment historian. Read morePublished on October 5, 2007 by namsniper
This work is interesting to a degree, but each case has to be looked at individually. Conspiracies are everywhere- the last 3 major shootings Columbine, DC Sniper & The recent... Read morePublished on September 7, 2006 by G. Pascal
This book is incredible! This author "poo-poos" any idea of Conspiracy as if it's in our deep inner mind. Just notice he equates it with "Paranoid". Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by Minn-e-sota
The book seems interesting but I really wonder what his motivations are to discredit ALL theories of any conspiracies. Read morePublished on July 29, 2006 by Meijer Goldstein
Now that should be the title of this book people. D. Pipes writes a book condemning anything that is critical of the official version of events. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by Xander Xavier Xymox
This is an excellent book that explains what the whole business of conspiracy theories is all about and particularly its origins. Read morePublished on April 13, 2006 by Jerry Guild
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