The Orange County Register, a conservative newspaper in California and the home county of Orly Taitz, published an interesting and detailed story yesterday, and updated today, by Martin Wisckol titled Norway killer’s conspiracy theories bubble in U. S. The article discusses a June GOP Flag Day event at which Bill Whittle gave a warmly-received talk about culturally-diverse socialist conspiracy including Barack (Manchurian Candidate) Obama.
The Register quotes Michael Barkun, the author of A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America, the book that I am currently reading. Barkun compares US extremism with the right-wing views of the Norway killer. Barkun says:
From what I can tell, there is little in (Breivik’s) thinking that would connect him with most American extremists, beyond hostility toward Islam and cultural diversity.
Barkin, commenting on some of the modern conspiracy theories such as birtherism said:
Fifteen or 20 years ago, these issues never would have entered the mainstream dialogue. That’s because the mainstream media censored things that had no discernible evidence behind them.
The Register points out that with Cable TV and the Internet, more people are exposed to these ideas. The article then goes on to discuss conspiracy theorists in Orange County.
In a companion article the Register covers some Top Conspiracy Theories, first of which is “Obama is not a natural-born citizen.”