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Conspiracy Theory in America (Discovering America) Kindle Edition
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For those who become incredulous and weary of the way others connect the dots of world events, this book is balm for your troubled, skeptical soul. Your feelings of shame and inadequacy at being called a "conspiracy theorist" will evaporate and the term will become a source of pride.
Lance deHaven-Smith provides a long awaited scholarly assimilation of the ideas--not the hype, innuendo, and slipshod hysteria--that makes coherent sense out of the enduring place in American culture for conspiracy theorizing and conspiracies, real and imagined. DeHaven-Smith doesn't just sort out the confusion around the simplistic dismissal of informed criticism of official claims of truth and fact; he dissects the pertinence of conspiracies in American history and how intellectual formalisms have determined how we are told and how we otherwise ought to think about elite dominance in public affairs and how and why the demos portion of democracy needs to adopt a measured concern with these realities. This is essential reading for public affairs, public administration, political science, and history academics and intellectuals.
While it is easy for western academics and intellectuals to dismiss the obvious intellectual blinders of soviet scholars who once incessantly measured the labor theory of value with no real challenge of that received reality, our western blinders to received shibboleths about real and meaningful access by the demos to political influence under capitalism go largely unexamined.Read more ›
Conspiracy Theory in America focuses on the methods and institutions that legitimate the prevailing political order. Specifically, deHaven-Smith looks at the `conspiracy theory' meme which is routinely used to marginalize and quarantine those reasonable suspicions that have the potential to delegitimize the prevailing order. 'Conspiracy theory' is a weaponized term. Its current form was created and deployed with the express intention of preempting suspicion of what the Founders called 'high crimes.' DeHaven-Smith discusses at length the CIA document that explicitly details this plan as a response to critics of the Warren Commission. The purpose was and is to take the focus off of the suspected crime and place it onto the accuser: "What are you, some kind of conspiracy theorist?" Undoubtedly, we are all familiar with this technique. In addition to outlining the history of proven and suspected high crimes, deHaven-Smith lays out some steps that should be taken by lawmakers and public administrators to make our system less susceptible to this most dangerous type of criminality.
Once you read this book, it is impossible to think about the government and the media in the same way.Read more ›
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I must have wrote this book in my sleep after changing my name. The Orwellian babble that is spoken by the deniers and the faithful followers, especially since 9/11 has... Read morePublished 17 days ago by pft
Fascinating exploration of the fear and politics that shape the dismissive language of "conspiracy theory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myview
The "smoking gun" intelligently revealed, analyzed! It should be required reading for anyone becoming a naturalized citizen; enlisting in military or law enforcement... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert M. Goldberg
this book is nothing but a cover for the old conspiracy theory paranoids to give them new life, a pat on the back, and a few dollars in his pocket off of the those that have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MakeAmericagreatagain
Original and enlightening point of view on the broad category of crimes that give rise to so called 'conspiracy theories'. Well researched and well written.Published 4 months ago by Andre Morin
Wow--a book that "discovers" conspiracy theory in America by ignoring almost a dozen other major studies. How can the author not even cite Mark Fenster!? Read morePublished 7 months ago by A Reader
I stopped reading in the first chapter. It was that bad. Terribly disappointed in this book.Published 7 months ago by Ben
The assassination of President Lincoln and attempted assassination of Secretary of State Seward in 1865; the Wall Street Plot against Roosevelt in 1933-34; the attempted... Read morePublished 15 months ago by tularosa
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