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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 and the Search for Scapegoats II

UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats II

Anti-Semitism among the Aliens

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(p.141) Chapter 9 UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats II
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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/9780520238053.003.0009

Superconspiracies tend to be structured in the form of plots nested within plots, each layer more evil, powerful, and inclusive than those beneath. Hence the architects of conspiracy scenarios are free to place Jews at any of a number of points in the hierarchy, at the pinnacle, in a subordinate position, or as victims completely outside the domain of evil. This chapter deals with all three variants. Conspiracy theories that reject anti-Semitism and portray Jews entirely as victims are a relatively minor area. A larger and more influential body of materials claims to reject anti-Semitism while linking some Jews to the conspiracy. The most significant case of unalloyed anti-Semitism, the Phoenix publications, is also discussed. The Phoenix publications purport to print radio transmissions received from extraterrestrials. The hostility to Nazis and anti-Semitism found in some UFO literature reflects racism concerning alleged differences between different human societies.

Keywords:   Phoenix publications, Conspiracy theories, anti-Semitism, Jews, Nazis

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