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Watch “American Conspiracy Theories” talk by Professors Joseph Usciniski (Miami) and Joseph Parent (Miami)
Watch “American Conspiracy Theories” talk by Professors Joseph Usciniski (Miami) and Joseph Parent (Miami)

Are conspiracy theories overtaking deliberative societies, inflaming discourse and degrading democracy? How much more prone to violence are conspiracy theorists? Which political party is more likely to traffic in conspiratorial talk? Has the Internet ushered in a new era of conspiracy-fueled paranoia? Using original data sources spanning more than a century, Joseph E. Uscinski and […]

4 September 2014
Equal Opportunity Conspiracy Theories?
Equal Opportunity Conspiracy Theories?

Following their visit last term talking about their forthcoming book on American Conspiracy Theories, Joe Parent and Joe Uscinski wrote a piece for the CRASSH blog on the pitfalls and the benefits of collaborative writing. And so saying, we’ve put together a short piece for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage political science blog, discussing their […]

23 August 2014
Conspiracy and Democracy Project at the Hay Festival 2014
Conspiracy and Democracy Project at the Hay Festival 2014

Professor Sir Richard Evans, Principal Investigator and overall director of the project spoke at this year’s Hay Festival (a celebration of Literature and the Arts) as part of the Cambridge Series events this past week. The Times (subscription) reported: Why the plot is thicker for Americans The International Business Times reported: JFK Assassination, 9/11 attacks, Diana’s Death: Why […]

2 June 2014
Decline in conspiracy theories. Really?

Intrigued by Alfred’s post about Uscinski’s and Parent’s claim that conspiracy theorising has been on the decline since the JFK assassination, I went looking on Google’s Ngram Viewer (which ransacks the 5.2 million books that Google had digitised up to 2008) to see what could be gleaned from the books database. Here’s the result: Conclusion: […]

14 November 2013
JFK and the Decline of Conspiracy Theories

Here’s a link to a blog post from American political scientists Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent, trailing their forthcoming book, “American Conspiracy Theories” (Oxford University Press, 2014). Among the interesting results, they claim that conspiracy theorizing in America has actually been on the decline since the JFK assassination: Our analyses suggest the overall level of conspiracy theorizing […]

13 November 2013
Old conspiracy theories never die.  They just mutate with the times.
Old conspiracy theories never die. They just mutate with the times.

At our Festival of Ideas gig on Wednesday someone asked a question that none of us had ever considered: how do conspiracy theories end? Tony Badger took it on, and talked about how the anti-communist hysteria of Senator Joe McCarthy’s time had endured over time, taking different forms in different eras, right down to the […]

26 October 2013
Don DeLillo’s novel “Libra”

Don DeLillo’s gripping and brilliantly written novel “Libra”( 1988) tells the disturbing life-story of Lee Harvey Oswald. It presents him as the tool of three disaffected CIA operatives who want to galvanise the USA into retaliation against Cuba by engineering the assassination of President Kennedy and ensuring it is attributed to Cuban agents. The story […]

30 September 2013
Stranger than fiction: the Umbrella Man and the JFK Assassination

Brooding on the conspiracy theories surrounding what happened to Building 7 in 9/11, I fell to thinking about frame 313 of the famous Zapruder film of the assassination of JFK (which, at least until the advent of YouTube must have been the most-watched home movie in history). Here’s how Ron Rosenbaum, writing in the Smithsonian […]

28 September 2013