Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground

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Harper Collins, May 17, 2011 - Social Science - 368 pages
From 9/11 conspiracy theorists and UFO obsessives tothe cult of Ayn Rand and Birthercrusaders, America is suffering from an explosion in post-rationalistideological movements. In Among the Truthers,journalist Jonathan Kay offers a thoughtful and sobering look at how socialnetworking and Web-based video sharing have engendered a flourishing of new conspiracism. Kay details the sociological profiles of tenbrands of modern conspiracists—the Failed Historian,the Mid-Life Crack-Up, the Damaged Survivor, the Campus Revolutionary, theStoner, the Clinical Case, the Puzzle Solver, the Christian Doomsayer, the CosmicVoyager, and the Egomaniac—in a compelling exploration of America’s departurefrom reason and what it means for the very future of rational discourse as thenation steps further into the 21st century.
 

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Jonthan Kay's among the truther was much more interesting that "VoodHoo Historeis" I read earlier. Kay certainly is biased and I almost stopped reading at the beginning when it became clear that his ... Read full review

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User Review  - RobertP - LibraryThing

A good - and frightening - summary of how low the level of discourse has fallen in North America. We now believe in nothing and everything, regardless of how stupid and obviously nonsensical it is ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Stumbling on the Truthers
A Brief History
Chapter Two Warrant for Genocide Blueprint for Paranoia
The Birth of
Conspiracism
A Psychological Field Guide
Chapter Six The Church of Conspiracism
Accessories to Trutherdom
Conspiracisms
The New Face of Anti
Chapter Ten Confronting Conspiracism
Index
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JONATHAN KAY is a managing editor, columnist and blogger at Canada’s National Post newspaper. His freelance articles have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, Commentary magazine, Salon, Reader’s Digest and Newsweek. He is a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. His first book, The Volunteer, co-authored with Michael Ross, became a top-ten bestseller in 2007.

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