Republic of Lies

Republic of Lies

American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power

Book - 2019
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A riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causes and tenacity of this American malady, from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond. American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but with the election of Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy. Trump himself is a conspiracy enthusiast: from his claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax to the accusations of "fake news," he has fanned the flames of suspicion. But it was not by the power of one man alone that these ideas gained new power. Republic of Lies looks beyond the caricatures of conspiracy theorists to explain their tenacity. Without lending the theories validity, Anna Merlan gives a nuanced, sympathetic account of the people behind them, across the political spectrum, and the circumstances that helped them take hold. The lack of a social safety net, inadequate education, bitter culture wars, and years of economic insecurity have created large groups of people who feel forgotten by their government and even besieged by it. Our contemporary conditions are a perfect petri dish for conspiracy movements: a durable, permanent, elastic climate of alienation and resentment. All the while, an army of politicians and conspiracy-peddlers has fanned the flames of suspicion to serve their own ends. Bringing together penetrating historical analysis and gripping on-the-ground reporting, Republic of Lies transforms our understanding of American paranoia.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250159052
Branch Call Number: 001.9 Me
Description: 275 pages ; 25 cm


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May 20, 2019

Extravagant claims require extravagant evidence and sources - - ergo, this book is rated Epic Fail! [This book reads remarkably similar to a book written some years back by Canadian far right winger, Jonathan Kay.]
Where to begin? First, the valley girl-sounding simpleton author [just heard her on a radio interview] employs the standard disinformation tactic of painting all skeptics as one: suggesting all are the same as whackos like Alex Jones and the Birthers!
Next, the author claims that only "official journalists" should be listened to?!
Like all those "official journalists" who wrote planted stories on Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq??? Like all those "official journalists" over the decades who repeated fantasy stories of lemmings running, en masse, over cliffs to their deaths; the 13th monkey, or that all humans are 6 degrees of separation from one another? [Has any official journalist ever passed a math course???]
Some public facts avoided by all those "official journalists":
FACT: A declassified CIA document detailed a meeting between CIA agents and assassin, Jean Rene Souetre, in Lisbon 6 months prior to the assassination of President Kennedy.
FACT: A declassified CIA document [#632-796] detailed that INS agent, Virgil Bailey, picked up Jean Rene Souetre, temporarily held in a Dallas jail for deportation, 18 hours after President Kennedy was murdered in Dallas!
FACT: A declassified document from the HSCA detailed that their request to NSA for the 1963 files for NSA-designated site, USA-55, was denied as all the 1963 files had disappeared!
FACT: In the recently released 2018 declassified documents were items about USAF Sgt. David Christensen, alleged to have overheard plans to assassinate the US president in Dallas - - this occurred on a voice link between Lisbon and Tangiers. This event happened while Sgt. Christensen was stationed at NSA-designated site, USA-55 - - whose intercepts all went missing, most conveniently, from the NSA!
Now why haven't any of those "official journalists" reported this? ? ?
Because a Republic of Lies can only exist with the active support of a Media of Lies!
Any real journalist, in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, should have been able to find the connections between the Markit Group, the InterContinental Exchange, MERS and Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America - - but none of them did! ! !
Any real journalist, after Nicolas Sarkozy was elected in France, should have been able to dig up the facts surrounding those false scandals against his political opponents created by John Negroponte and Sarkozy's stepdad, Frank Wisner, Jr. via the Franco-American Foundation - - yet none of them did!
It would require thousands of pages to list all the failings of official journalists, incapable of the simplest of research and investigative skills!

This is an excellent compendium of conspiracy theories, and also of real world events that lend credence to them. Although there are a couple of paragraphs on the (so-called) Tulsa Race Riots, I was disappointed to find that there was no mention of them in the reference notes. Her account is somewhat at variance with others, and particularly in stating the motivations of the whites. I'd like to know where her information came from.

Theoretical_Onesie Apr 30, 2019

I used to play chess when I was younger and actually won a trophy for it. Granted it was a plastic 3rd place trophy but still it was an award of some kind. The funny part was some of the people did not even know how to play the game. One of them was actually playing the game like it was checkers! The point of the story is somehow moralizing the insane decisions of others despite the effect it has on others. So while this may seem like a call for some form of acceptance of all actions as if they are just a common occurrence in the world, you would be right. eventually we will be desensitized in such away that nothing bothers any more and we just have to deal with events as they occur day by day. Of course at the end of the day we should all realize that chess is a silly game that we should stop playing.


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