Conspiracies of Conspiracies

Conspiracies of Conspiracies☉ Conspiracies of Conspiracies PDF / Epub ❤ Author Thomas Milan Konda – It’s tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories with seemingly each churn of the news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large scale paranoia But th It’s tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories with seemingly each churn of the Conspiracies of Epub / news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large scale paranoia But the sad fact is that these narratives of suspicion—and the delusional psychologies that fuel them—have been a constant presence in American life for nearly as long as there’s been an America In this sweeping book Thomas Milan Konda traces the country’s obsession with conspiratorial thought from the early days of the republic to our own anxious moment Conspiracies of Conspiracies details centuries of sinister speculations—from antisemitism and anti Catholicism to UFOs and reptilian humanoids—and their often incendiary outcomes Rather than simply rehashing the surface eccentricities of such theories Konda draws from his unprecedented assemblage of conspiratorial writing to crack open the mindsets that lead people toward these self sealing worlds of denial What is distinctively American about these theories he argues is not simply our country’s homegrown obsession with them but their ongoing prevalence and virulence Konda proves that conspiracy theories are no harmless sideshow They are instead the dark and secret heart of American political history—one that is poisoning the bloodstream of an increasingly sick body politic.


Conspiracies of Conspiracies ePUB Ú Conspiracies of
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Conspiracies of Conspiracies
  • Thomas Milan Konda
  • 01 February 2016
  • 9780226585765

10 thoughts on “Conspiracies of Conspiracies

  1. Sumit RK says:

    In Conspiracies of Conspiracies Thomas Konda traces America’s obsession with conspiracies from the early days of the republic till today Though the book focuses on American people conspiracies I believe the theme of book is universal especially in today’s Post Truth Era Conspiracies of Conspiracies details centuries of sinister conspiracies—from antisemitism and anti Catholicism to UFOs and reptilian humanoids Thomas Konda has analysed several conspiracy theories has shown their origins and how they fit into the conspiracy world From the Invention of Conspiracy Theory to the Emergence of the Hidden Hand New World Order to Pan Ideological Conspiracy Theories Denialism and Cover Up the book covers a range of topics Konda explains why these theories have recently made a comeback on the political stage and dissects a media landscape that increasingly tends to detect conspiracy everywhere Konda attempts to explore the mindsets that lead people toward these conspiracies and how these conspiracy theories have influenced history particularly United States history This book also attempts to track the origins of some of the prevalent conspiracy theories like America leaving the gold standard Communism being a Jewish conspiracy among others since many have common origins and mostly they overlap and contradict each other This book doesn't come with easy answers and you may need some background knowledge of history including the Illuminati the Free Masons etc to truly grasp it all but it does help you understand it Overall it’s a well researched and well written book offering some new insights 355Many thanks to the publishers University of Chicago Press the author Thomas Milan Konda and NetGalley for the ARC

  2. Christopher says:

    Open any social media platform and you can slam into a conspiracy theory in a matter of clicks These often asinine views have been stretched and further distorted in an attempt at legitimization— forum posts become memes become tweets become well information sharing goes on and on However though digital distribution is relatively new there’s absolutely nothing new about the theories themselves as Professor Thomas Milan Konda thoroughly exploresThe research presented is than thorough Konda explores the rise of the illogical tracing conspiracy theories at least to the origins of Freemasonry its high visibility playing into the idea of something nefarious hiding in plain sight However they were hardly the last group to be targeted and Konda convincingly concludes that consparcism is really the “belief system” of today Look no further than false political memes regularly shared or climate change deniers masuerading as television punditsKonda’s prose does trend academic but this is refreshing when paired with over the top noise of conspiracy theories It’s logic and reason versus unbelievable schemes the clinical versus the flashy Konda keeps his points grounded and the result is a slow yet interesting approach that doesn’t take the bait of some of the extreme propositions This careful approach also allows Konda to explore some incredibly serious topics with tact A lot of the conspiracies examined here stem from an anti Semitic or xenophobic viewpoint Konda suashes this hateful rhetoric uickly without giving it any legitimacy However he also expresses the seriousness of these ideas gaining mainstream tractionIt’s frustrating fascinating and intensely informativeNote I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley

  3. David Wineberg says:

    Two conspiracists walk into a bar Do you really believe that was just a coincidence Sorry Couldn’t resistIn reading Conspiracies of Conspiracies you need a laugh up front because the content of the book is so discouraging There are thousands of conspiracies circulating and each has its adherents The United States is positively awash with crackpot theories and thanks to social media their proponents are out there pounding the cyber streets for believers It has become a part of daily life The president has made them legitimateAuthor Thomas Konda has assembled hundreds of pages of conspiracists and their theories shown where their ideas came from and how they fit into the conspiracy world It’s intimidating just to think how he divided and analyzed the mountain of nonsense that has been growing in number importance and legitimacy since the founding of the country Konda is engaging and thorough as well as worrisome and depressingThere are basically two kinds of conspiracy theory One is based on White Anglo Saxon Protestants WASPs under attack for their very lives and one where theorists deny anything from their own lying eyes to theoretical science Both kinds can be linked to violence and both reuire absolute faithWilliam Potter Gale was emblematic of the first kind He claimed that communism was Satan’s form of government and that it was being imposed on Israel as their government Worse that communists believe that the created are above the creator and that those who believe the US federal government is above the states that created it have accepted Satan’s communistic philosophy And therefore Jews must be stoppedA lot of WASP fear has to do with the Aryan race which does not and has never existed Aryan Konda points out is a fictitious term made up by 19th century linguists who needed to invent a people that spoke the theoretical Aryan language – the precursor of western romance languages It was just a construct a placeholder Nonetheless it was uickly turned into a race of pure white Christian people so far superior to anyone else that everyone should aspire to it today And protect and defend it with guns as necessaryAmericans saw conspiracies when the country left the silver standard and moved to gold They claimed it played right into the hands of international Jewish bankers who would then own the country Later when America left the gold standard the blame went to the Federal Reserve which appeared in 1913 and which wasis run by those same bankers for their own profit There are numerous conspiracies surrounding the Fed and how it will leave Americans with worthless fiat dollarsAnd the Illuminati the Masons Jews blacks immigrants in general Catholics one world the UN the Council on Foreign Relations the Deep State and the Hidden Hand Conspiracists can be against democracy itself on the basis that it is run by Jews compared to say Stalin who was straightforward above board and busy wiping them out despite being married to one Meanwhile Karl Marx was accused of being run by the Illuminati The inconsistencies are staggering and matter not at all to the conspiracistsOne of the many successful tools to promulgate conspiracies is simple age Citing older long forgotten conspiracy tracts gives current theories credibility Konda cites Glenn Beck as one who got great mileage out of reviving old conspiracy theories from the 30s to the 60s This works for a number of very good reasons The original author is no longer around to dispute the new slant The original documents she employed have long disappeared so no verification is possible if it ever was And there is no one to vouch for or against the veracity of the theory as newly reminted So Glenn Beck et al must therefore be right NeatHaving read these 300 pages of attacks vituperations and outlandish paranoia I can point to several commonalities underlying most of the first type of conspiracy theory The attacks are always against the Right Time is always running out The attackers are always non WASPs The attacks nibble away at White SupremacyIt seems that American White Anglo Saxon Protestants are naïve gullible susceptible brainwashable weak fools who need constant protection from the entire rest of the world which is always on the cusp of enslaving them without their knowledge Conspiracists are forever yelling at them to wake up before it’s too late and to defend their God given advantages with their livesWith advances in culture – film tv cable – conspiracies branched out into simple denialism Denialism reaches far back – the Holocaust creationists flat earthers – but modern denialists focus on current events Think 911 JFK and even FDR who was killed because he wasn’t moving fast enough for his communist handlers They sayOr try this one from one of the most prominent conspiracists of the 20th century Agnes Waters In the 1930s she said “There are 200000 communist Jews at the Mexican border waiting to get into this country If they are admitted they will rape every woman and child left unprotected”As insane as it all appears there is – attacks on science itself Conspiracists are against not just MMR vaccines but some are actually still against being inoculated against polio Climate change is a “dingbat hoax so broadly implanted even the pope talks about it” as if it were real AIDS the moon landing – anything science comes up with is subject to denial by conspiracists There are even conspiracists who deny Einstein’s theory of relativity The saving grace of the denials is that they are not necessarily Jewish communist or black This in conspiracy terms is progressAnd yet through all the conspiracies to take over the world by religion pseudo science spiritualism political cabals deep states and sheer force the world trundles on as usualIf it wasn’t so serious it would be funnyDavid Wineberg

  4. H. Jr. says:

    In this incisive and highly engaging work Konda SUNY Plattsburgh analyzes the development of conspiracy theories from the origins of the American republic to contemporary movements Written with a clarity of expression often uncommon in academic writing the book is accessible to a wide readership While acknowledging the persistence of conspiracy theories the author concentrates on conspiracism or the “mental framework a belief system a worldview that leads people to look for conspiracies to anticipate them to link them together into a grander overarching conspiracy” p 2 Much attention is devoted to defining the meaning of conspiracy theories in an effort to advance scholarly and popular knowledge of the subject chapter one The majority of the book is devoted to a critiue of various conspiracy theories and the movements that have arisen as the result of these theories While the author offers valuable insight on all major movements the trajectory of the book concentrates on “right wing” movements an approach that deserves scrutiny as well as the uestionable treatment of some vital religious movements cited in the book especially American Pentecostalism p 55 Assessments of the “new dynamics” of conspiracy theories chapter sixteen in American politics today is a significant contribution

  5. J Earl says:

    Conspiracies of Conspiracies by Thomas Milan Konda is a very well researched eye opening work of intellectual history though in this case perhaps intellectual is a misnomer It certainly explores the ways in which conspiracy theories have influenced history particularly United States history and in doing so highlights our collective tendency here taken to the extreme of making patterns fit what we believe rather than what they actually meanWhile there is a lot to recommend about this volume I will comment about what it did for me Perhaps this will give some idea what you can also get out of it We are all aware of the many conspiracy theories floating around today They become so numerous and amorphous that they either lose all definition for those of us not convinced of them or become congealed into one big conspiracy with little tentacles going every where for those likely to believe them This volume broke down both the history of the theories since many have common origins or at least common faux origin stories and the places where they overlap and contradict each other For me this made them easier to grasp and thus easier to confront The believers who have completely gone over won't be swayed by any counter arguments this is their religion but those who are troubled by society and might see some part of some conspiracy as a possible explanation is still within the realm of rational thought and can be talked down from the edge Knowing these theories helps arm us in our battle against irrational fear driving irrational conspiracy theoriesThat said it is also valuable as simply a work of history and as a background to our current world where so called world leaders fan the flames of conspiracy theories for personal gain to the detriment of the countries they might supposedly be leadingReviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley

  6. Mannie Liscum says:

    Thomas Milan Konda’s “Conspiracies of Conspiracies” is a solid piece of research and presentation Something that should be read by concerned citizens of the United States It will make you uestion not only how others can hold conspiratorial beliefs but make one reflect on one’s own beliefs vis a vis conspiracy potential 45 stars

  7. Gianna says:

    I learned so much from this book It's both a history of conspiracy theories and exploring the different theories including the one about the reptilian overlords that I honestly thought was just a joke but actually is a real conspiracy theory and exploring the psychology behind it And honestly it's terrifying If there's anything this book proves it's that conspiracy theories are incredibly dangerous and damaging People who fall into that rabbit hole hardly ever come out of it thanks to algorithms social pressure and the conspiracism's natural instinct to defend itself against any form of criticism And sure some people will naturally be inclined to believe in conspiracy theories and those will be difficult to persuade but others aren't yet those are getting caught up in the whirlwind This book doesn't come with easy answers or a step by step guide of how to fix the problem but it does help us understand it And that is so importantThank you University of Chicago Press and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  8. Carianne Carleo-Evangelist says:

    Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book All reviews are my ownCritical thinking is really a lost art Social media takes a lot of the blame for the never ending urban legends conspiracy theories and other nonsense that spreads like wildfire across the internet but the lack of critical thinking plays a significant role as role when people treat nonsense as fact without exploring the basis of the rumors While conspiracy theories around Sandy Hook 911 and other recent stories have exploded the theories themselves are as old as history This book explores the roots and basis of various theories throughout time and how they've evolved Well researched very readable

  9. patrick Lorelli says:

    A well written book that takes a look at some of the conspiracies of how they came about and how they can affect people I think the author was trying to show that conspiracies have been around for ages which they have changed over the years some have not Some people still have issues with the Federal Reserve I don’t know if that is a conspiracy or not just as people believe in aliens hidden below area 51 Over the course of time these get to be believed whether it is by a former worker or government employee and then that person ends up injured and then it is on with the next phase of conspiracy Each one has its origin and the author tries to do his best in showing how long it has been around or just how some are silly he does not say that I do As a child people kept saying that death camps and the holocaust did not happen and yet my father a grunt was there and say one of the camps told me about it and had no reason to lie because he was a kid from an orphanage that joined the Army This author does a good job of breaking down the conspiracy and the reason behind them overall a good book I received this book from Netgalleycom I gave it 4 stars Follow us at www1rad readerreviewscom

  10. John Boronow says:

    This is an important book With impeccable scholarship and a remarkably restrained objectivity about outlandish notions Konda covers the history of conspiracism in full detail from its origins at the time of the French Revolution to its current efflorescence in American political life There is a wealth of fully documented material for any further research to build upon For someone new to the subject and wanting only a superficial overview it may prove to be a challenging read; the material is not presented in bite sized digestible sections with clarifying headers and chapter summaries However the complete work repays serious reading and study providing in depth insight into the origins development and current extent of this contagion The reliance on social psychology is restrained but adeuate and he leaves it to others to speculate on the further evolution of this phenomenon in American society It is not a political science research project using Big Data to present a uantitative and operational picture of the current workings of this kind of social behavior Rather it is historical descriptive and analytical Anyone with those kinds of interests will find this book an outstanding contribution to the burgeoning literature on this very disturbing trend

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