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A Culture of ConspiracyApocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America$
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Michael Barkun

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238053

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238053.001.0001

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Ufos Meet the New World Order

Ufos Meet the New World Order

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(p.98) Chapter 6 Ufos Meet the New World Order
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A Culture of Conspiracy
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Michael Barkun

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238053.003.0006

New World Order ideas about a coming global tyranny coalesced with UFO conspiracist theories in the 1990s. Their union was exemplified in the works of two conspiracists, Jim Keith and David Icke. Comparison of Keith and Icke is instructive not simply to demonstrate their similarities but also to illuminate their differences. Keith, a professional conspiracy theorist, unraveled the plots that allegedly drove history. Icke, by contrast, began his journey to conspiracism in environmental politics and the New Age. Keith drew on the entire paraphernalia of New World Order conspiracy theories and published three lists of federal emergency management agency concentration-camp locations, together with a map. Icke integrates the concept of a malevolent serpent race with the more conventional conspiracism. Keith's final speculations and Icke's recent work, however, fall clearly into the category of improvisational millennialism. Both lay out end-of-history scenarios in which good and evil must fight a final battle.

Keywords:   New World Order, conspiracists, New Age, improvisational millennialism, serpent race

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