Shared dualisms: On populism and conspiracy theory

The number and importance of conspiracy theories appears to have increased globally over the last couple of decades. Many of these have focused on specific events (classics include the JFK assassination and the WTC attacks), but some of the more important contemporary conspiracy theories have been a direct consequence of socio-political developments in today’s society (e.g. globalisation, EU integration, etc).  The appeal of conspiracy theory is accentuated by the apparent paucity of other, alternative explanatory frameworks within which to understand these processes, at least from the point of view of many who believe in conspiracy theories. More and more, scholars of conspiracy theory in fact advocate how compatible conspiracy theory can be with other explanatory frameworks for political reality, most notably populism. (…)

By Steven Van Hauwaert (Counterpoint)

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Categories Analyses, France, News | Tags: | Posted on July 24, 2012

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