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Conspiracy Theory Book of the Month #1: None Dare Call it Conspiracy

Conspiracy Theory Book of the Month #1: None Dare Call it Conspiracy

By Mike Rothschild
The conspiracy classic is reported to have sold five million copies, making it one of the most influential books of the genre of all time. Mike Rothschild reviews the bestseller that inspired a teenage Alex Jones.
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Founded by German engineer Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting has been held annually in Davos, Switzerland, since 1971.

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ALEX JONES. After losing his trial for defaming families of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is now using leading PC online platform Steam to sell an Infowars-themed video game. And despite significant earnings, he refuses to compensate the families he libelled by claiming the mass school shooting was a hoax (source: Media Matters for America, January 28, 2024).
ANTIVAX On January 15, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson featured Florida Surgeon-General Joseph Ladapo on his show. During his interview, Ladapo asserted that messenger RNA vaccines, despite their efficacy against Covid-19, had caused significant adverse effects, physically and spiritually. Ladapo, who recently referred to the vaccines as the "Antichrist" on Steve Bannon's radio show (source: Tucker Carlson/X, January 15, 2024) was appointed to lead Florida Public Health by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in September 2021.
HAARP. Amid a US winter storm potentially affecting the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump supporter Laura Loomer baselessly accused Nikki Haley of using HAARP to manipulate the weather and disrupt Trump's campaign. Scientists have repeatedly refuted the idea HAARP has weather manipulation capabilities (source: AFP, January 12, 2024).
DISEASE X. A panel discussion on anticipating a hypothetical future pandemic, termed "Disease X", took place at the World Economic Forum in Davos. While social media commentary has suggested a conspiracy to orchestrate a global health catastrophe, the notion is patently untrue. The session focused on a dialogue about mitigating potential risks, with experts emphasizing that such efforts could effectively reduce the impact of emerging epidemics (source: AFP, January 19, 2024).
DENIAL. An increasing array of conspiracy theories are being spread about the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. Even in the face of extensive evidence, a burgeoning movement tethered to Holocaust Denial is pushing misleading narratives on social media, with repercussions in protests and contested discussions taking place in some city council meetings. Concerns are rising about the parallels between these conspiracy theories and other antisemitic narratives online (source: The Washington Post, January 21, 2024).
STEW PETERS. Far right conspiracy theorist and broadcaster Stew Peters, with 530,000 followers on X, recently endorsed the neo-Nazi propaganda film "Europa: The Last Battle". The 12-hour movie spreading Holocaust denial and false claims about Jews was promoted by Peters as essentiel for understanding current world events (source: Stew Peters/X, January 18, 2024).
Source: Stew Peters/X, 01/18/2024
TIKTOK SPANISH. Spanish-language TikTok has become a hub for the spread of right-wing conspiracy theories, in particular around the so-called "New World Order" and the United Nations' Agenda 2030 campaign. A Media Matters review identified 90 posts accumulating over 70 million views on a range of topics around politics, pop culture and international organizations. Despite TikTok's attempts to combat conspiracy theories, the findings underscore the platform's ongoing challenge in curbing their dissemination (source: Media Matters for America, January 18, 2024).
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