Enemies Within

Enemies Within

The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

Book - 2001
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There is a hunger for conspiracy news in America. Hundreds of Internet websites, magazines, newsletters, even entire publishing houses, disseminate information on invisible enemies and their secret activities, subversions, and coverups. Those who suspect conspiracies behind events in the news--the crash of TWA Flight 800, the death of Marilyn Monroe--join generations of Americans, from the colonial period to the present day, who have entertained visions of vast plots. In this enthralling book Robert Goldberg focuses on five major conspiracy theories of the past half-century, examining how they became widely popular in the United States and why they have remained so.

In the post-World War II decades conspiracy theories have become more numerous, more commonly believed, and more deeply embedded in our culture, Goldberg contends. He investigates conspiracy theories regarding the Roswell UFO incident, the Communist threat, the rise of the Antichrist, the assassination of President John Kennedy, and the Jewish plot against black America, in each case taking historical, social, and political environments into account. Conspiracy theories are not merely the products of a lunatic fringe, the author shows. Rather, paranoid rhetoric and thinking are disturbingly central in America today. With media validation and dissemination of conspiracy ideas, and federal government behavior that damages public confidence and faith, the ground is fertile for conspiracy thinking.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780300194722
Branch Call Number: 973 GOL
Characteristics: xiv, 354 pages :,illustrations


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Jan 17, 2015

An excellent overview of how Americans (predating the formation of the United States) have always seen conspiracy behind any event. Robert Goldberg suggests it due to Americans have a mission that they have to fulfill. And when they are thwarted in their various missions they turn to the narrative fable of a conspiracy to explain what happened. The author looks at the supposed conspiracists (What a diverse group, Aliens, Witches, Communists, Jews and freed slaves, etc.). Goldberg note some of the problems that such a mindset leads to is an apathy in many people and apathy so more groups disengage from civil society and lose their ability to influence the democratic process.

Feb 09, 2013

Most negative rating - - author presents supposition, hearsay and opinions to substitute for the facts. This is the perfect example of how stringing lies together obfuscates the truth, when facts lead to more facts and the accumulation of facts uncovers underlying damning patterns: close analysis of the Japanese-American internment indicates John McCloy and Early Warren to have spearheaded it, allowing cronies to confiscate prime agricultural land from Japanese-American farmers to be used for grape [wine, vintners] growing, et cetera. Next we see McCloy and Warren heading up the Warren Commission, claiming a lone assassin murdered President Kennedy, yet there was never a trial, as Jack Ruby, formerly Jacob Rubenstein, when he was an investigator for the House Select Committee on Un-American Activities, reporting to Rep. Richard Nixon, murdered Oswald while he was in the custody of the Dallas Police Department? Next he claims RFK was another lone assassin scenario, even though the mysterious witness, a young blond Valerie Schulte [mysterious witness description given as olive-skinned, foreign accented thirtyish woman] brought foward by LA Ramparts' police, has an aunt and uncle employed in the same classified area of Lockheed as Thane Cesar, her father works on a contract with Lockheed at Technicolor Corporation, Lockheed has a contract with the CIA's MK ULTRA program, and the security chief at Lockheed then was Nixon's former Secret Service bodyguard, who would return to Nixon's campaign after RFK's assassination, with far more damning facts available, plus on Roswell: the investigating Air Force officer would later reveal all on his deathbed, et cetera. Facts completely refute this author's nonsense!!!

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