I hope you’re familiar with Terry Gross, and her Fresh Air program on public radio. Terry interviewed analyst Chip Berlet about his studies on conspiracy theories, extremism, white supremacy, and murder. The birthers get a mention.
Thanks to http://mpandgs.blogspot.com/ for the info.
Here’s the audio link:
Read Berlet’s paperToxic to Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating:
- Executive Summary
- Download the full text of the body of the report
- Download the full text of the back of the report
Notes, Bibliography, Index, etc.
Chip Berlet shows that the development of modern conspiracism is rooted in bigotry and that the conspiracist analytical model itself encourages demonization and scapegoating of blameless persons and groups. In so doing, conspiracism also serves to distract society and
its would-be agents of change away from ongoing, structural causes of social and economic injustices