Among the Truthers

Among the Truthers

A Journey Into the Growing Conspiracist Underground of 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Armageddonites, Vaccine Hysterics, Hollywood Know-nothings and Internet Addicts

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Millions of people around the world have convinced themselves that the actual perpetrators of 9/11 were not al-Qaeda terrorists but elements within the U.S. government seeking a pretext to launch wars abroad and enact draconian laws at home. These "9/11 Truthers" are not alone. They are part of a vast conspiracist subculture that is spreading like wildfire and beginning to influence mainstream politics. For two years, Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay has been researching the underground world of conspiracy theorists by immersing himself in their ranks. He has attended their conventions, infiltrated their Internet discussion boards, become a connoisseur of their propaganda videos, and engaged them in in-depth, revealing interviews. While many individual conspiracy theories seem harmless, even amusing, the phenomenon is doing real damage to the unity and health of North American society.

Since the JFK assassination, conspiracy thinking has proliferated, and the Internet has fostered the growth of numerous alternate conceptual worlds in which traditional media and academia have no authority. 9/11 was a death blow to the older consensual view of reality, and as a result, North Americans no longer inhabit one cognitive universe. What this means for the future of politics, and for our society at large, is at the heart of Among the Truthers.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2011
ISBN: 9781554686308
Branch Call Number: 970 KAY NVD
Characteristics: xxiii, 340 p. ; 24 cm

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pm221
Apr 10, 2017

In spite of the comprehensive sub-title, most of the book concentrates on 9/11. Some good interviews with well known cranks, and insight into what drives their distorted world views.

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pursuit2of2truth
Dec 07, 2015

what bs

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StarGladiator
Jan 28, 2014

Self-styled "journalist" Kay, a neocon fellow at the follow-up to PNAC, Foundations in Defense of Democracies (Eric Cantor, R. James Woolsey, and other such types), hurls epithets and countless ad hominem attacks against truly concerned citizens. BUT WAIT!!! This is 2014, and the final analysis from the endless exposure of ALL the rigged markets (LIBOR, forex, precious metals, public stock market via internalization and the DTCC's SBP, interest rate swap rates, oil/energy and commodities manipulation, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera) and the incredible leaks about NSA's Full Spectrum Dominance of the Internet, cellphone, satellite, TOR, and US Postal Service, ends all "conspiracy theory" and validates them today as nondebatable CONSPIRACY FACT! Turns out all those "tin foil hats" were right. . . .(And turns out all those highly paid propaganda swine like Kay and his kind were nothing more than professional liars.) [E.g., Among the colossal number of FACTS Kay neglects: in 1975, testifying under oath before congress, former CIA director Richard Helms (whose granddaddy was the first chairman of the central bank of central banks, the B.I.S.), stated that Clay Shaw had worked for the CIA - - which means Shaw committed perjury during Garrison's trial. In 1995, the US Court of Appeals ruled that the former CIA employee, Victor Marchetti, had NOT BEEN GUILTY of libel when suggesting that President Kennedy had been killed by people working for the CIA.]

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Mercius
Sep 15, 2011

An interesting look at some of the conspiracy theories of the day and the people who believe them, along with a little bit of history about where theses theories come from. This book doesn't try to discredit the theories, nor does it spell out the theories in anything more than a superficial outline to give the reader enough to understand what they are about.

debwalker May 08, 2011

A journey into the paranoia dept.

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