Arthur J. Cramp: The Quackbuster Who Professionalized American Medicine
How a pioneering physician at the American Medical Association fought medical fraud on a national scale in the early twentieth century.
Of Course, Qanon
The Qanon conspiracy theory is both an old and new conspiracy theory.
Crisis Actors, Inc.
The “crisis actor” idea is a fairly new phenomenon, though the accusation that protesters and activist are being paid is as old as politics.
“Meanwhile, In the Upside Down…”
It was a quiet, uneventful week in Washington. I mean, aside from the ongoing tire fire at a fireworks factory that is the Trump presidency…
Fake News Begets Fake News: Pizzagate
“I did another search, this time of my own email for mentions of pizza… pizza is mentioned twice as often by Podesta and his correspondents as it is by me and my correspondents…”
“Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories” a review by Robert Blaskiewicz.
Whereas Barkun looks at the history and development of specific conspiracist narratives, Brotherton focuses on why such narratives arise in the first place and looks to psychology for those answers.
Burzynski in Court Again
Dr. Burzynski and his witnesses will describe the frontier of science as a place where the end justifies the means. The frontiers may be the range of true pioneers such as Dr. Farber, Dr. Frei, and Dr. Freireich, but it is not the Wild West.
Jews and Reptilians
The question here is about the origin of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews, who comprise around three-quarters of the global Jewish population, a large percentage of American Jewry, and about half of the Jews in modern Israel.
Skeptic Activists Fighting for Burzynski’s Cancer Patients
A group of skeptical activists has been aggressively investigating and challenging the false claims of the Burzynski clinic and its dubious cancer treatments, presenting reliable information about them online. They even raised funds for a legitimate research hospital.
9/11 Trutherism Back in the News
Twelve years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, conspiracy theorists are still searching for evidence that confirms their suspicions that what really happened on 9/11 was not what appeared in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Nope, It Was Always Already Wrong
Recently, the claim that the phrase “conspiracy theory” was popularized in the 1960s by the CIA to discredit those who dared to question the Warren Commission has been popping up in the conspiracy-o-sphere.
The Downing of Flight 800—The Conspiracy Theory I Believed
It was an election year, 1996, the end of Clinton’s first term. I was not a Clinton fan. During one of my calls back home, I talked to a family member whose client was an executive at TWA, which was based in my hometown of St. Louis. And my family member told me that this client said that after the election it was going to come out that a training missile had taken down TWA Flight 800.
This Week in Conspiracy: For Fear of a Jesuit Planet
In the lore of conspiracism, few religious groups, with the exception of Jews, are more feared or thought to be more powerful than the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). As I write, it was only yesterday that the College of Cardinals elected the first Jesuit pontiff, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), which makes you wonder: If they were so powerful, what took them so long to ascend to power?
Conspiracy Theory Roundup (February 9, 2013)
The Conspiracy Theory Roundup is an ongoing series of news items from around the web relevant to connoisseurs of conspiracism.
Information Cycle of Violence
New media, especially YouTube, has changed the public’s relationship to news and information in a way that has made conspiracy theories not only more prevalent but also a much more participatory pursuit. For this reason, it is vital that any student of conspiracy theory attain some degree of media literacy. A good place to start is with the information cycle.
Enemies, Mostly Domestic
The last month has seen a disturbing number of high-profile mass shootings, and these events, when filtered through the conspiratorial worldview, become distorted and magnified in strange and interesting ways.
Tim McVeigh’s Must-Read List: The Turner Diaries
Demographic and social changes, augmented by an entrenched and politically active nativist movement that targets illegal immigrants, should encourage our awareness of the ideological fountain from which the racist subset of these militias draw, including The Turner Diaries.
Out of Mind? Out of Sight!
The source of the dread, foreboding, or control that conspiracy theorists sense is often outside the range of the normal experience of everyday life, which in no way diminishes the sense of a real threat. Therefore, they locate the locus of power just beyond the normal citizen’s perceptual range. . . .
The Denver International Airport Conspiracy
Somehow, the conspiratorial world has convinced itself that, to use Richard Dreyfus’s phrase as he sculpts his mashed potatoes into a replica of the Devil’s Tower, the Denver International Airport “means something.” What exactly it means is unclear, but conspiracy theorists know its meaning is sinister.
Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures: A Classic American Conspiracy Theory
We have a long history of being afraid of the wrong people: the Masons, the Illuminati, the Commies, those cunning homosexuals—all of these groups at some point or another have been identified as the enemy, the embodiment of evil that would tear the heart out of America and deliver it to perdition.
You Can’t Handle the Truthiness: A Night Out with the 9/11 Truth Community
It’s the day of the Rapture, May 21st, 2011, but I’m on my way to the First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for other reasons.
All They Want Is the Truth
At an unconventional convention in Atlanta in February, conspiracy theorists, UFO researchers, alternative medicine advocates, new patriots, and…