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Book Examines Conspiracy Theory Fascination

Nov. 11,. 2013

David Kelman wrote “Counterfeit Politics: Secret Plots and Conspiracy Narratives in the Americas” to understand why conspiracy theories consume popular culture.

“Many critics believe conspiracy theories are abnormal, ‘pathological.’ But, there’s more to it than that,” said Kelman. “If you view conspiracy theories from a comparative perspective, you’ll realize that these kinds of stories not only fascinate people in the United States, but also people in Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala and throughout the Americas. And if the entire hemisphere is fascinated by conspiracy theories, this isn’t because we’re all deranged.”

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