conspiracy theories vs. conspiratorial politics

Excellent article from Jeffrey M. Bale.

“there is an obvious need to place the study of conspiratorial politics on a sound theoretical,
methodological and empirical footing, since ignoring the influence of such politics can lead to severe errors of historical interpretation.”

“There has never been, to be sure, a single, monolithic Communist
Conspiracy of the sort postulated by the American John Birch Society in
the 1950s and 1960s. Nor has there ever been an all-encompassing
International Capitalist Conspiracy, a Jewish World Conspiracy, a Masonic
Conspiracy or a Universal Vatican Conspiracy. And nowadays, contrary to
the apparent belief of millions, neither a vast Underground Satanist
Conspiracy nor an Alien Abduction Conspiracy exists. This reassuring
knowledge should not, however, prompt anyone to throw out the baby with
the bathwater, as many academics have been wont to do. For just as surely as
none of the above-mentioned Grand Conspiracies has ever existed, diverse
groups of communists, capitalists, Zionists, Freemasons and Catholics
have in fact secretly plotted, often against one another, to accomplish
various specific but limited political objectives.”

http://www.miis.edu/media/view/18981/original/balePOPartconspire.pdf

I’m glad I’m not the only social scientist working on a more profound understanding of the geopolitics of the 20th century 😉

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