I’ve learned a lot from Arthur Goldwag’s previous book: Cults, Conspiracies and Secret Societies, a veritable encyclopedia of crackpots. Goldwag says that he considered adding a paragraph or two on the Obama birth certificate theories to that book delivered to his publisher just after the 2008 election, but “decided that references to such a transitory political derangement might just as easily date it. ‘Who will remember any of this in six months?’”
Who indeed? I started the Obama Conspiracy Theories blog about the time Cults went to the publisher, with similar thoughts that the story was nearly over and that I had missed it. I missed the start of the story, but three years later the end is nowhere in sight and Arthur Goldwag has for his part written a new book, The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right, where he puts Obama conspiracies in the wider context of the increasing tendency of the Right to embrace far-out conspiracy theories from the past and to invent new ones.
In the book you will find Barack Obama’s birth certificate, enemies like Jerome Corsi and Joseph Farah, and friends like Karl Popper, but it isn’t a book about the birthers; the birthers fit into a much larger mosaic of right-wing nut jobbery. You can read the first chapter for free at Amazon.com. The cool thing about the Kindle edition is that many of the footnotes are hyperlinked to the sources.
You may also find Arthur Goldwag’s blog interesting. Here’s a teaser article there for your consideration: Why they keep Invoking Saul Alinsky.