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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
The Poisoned Chalice of Counter-Revolutionary Conspiracy Theory
The Poisoned Chalice of Counter-Revolutionary Conspiracy Theory

Reflections on the lecture given on 10 June, 2014 by Prof. Samuel Moyn (Columbia): “Is Democracy Conspiratorial?” In the research literature one often comes across the statement that every conspiracy theory contains a grain of truth. Indeed, one finds the statement repeated so often that it has taken on the trappings of a tired platitude. […]

19 June 2014
Aesthetics of conspiracy theories

Nice blog post by a pseudonymous colleague (whose identity is not so secret that he cannot be unmasked after a few moments of assiduous link-following!) He (for it is a he — or perhaps one should say ‘an he’) postulates six rules for a well-formed CT: Rule 1. Lack of evidence proves that there is […]

18 March 2014
What is a conspiracy?
What is a conspiracy?

A conspiracy, according to the dictionary, is a group of two or more people who get together for some criminal or illegal purpose (it is thus different from a plot, which is the plan that the conspirators draw up). It follows that it naturally has to be secret, though this isn’t a central part of […]

31 May 2013