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This review is from: Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History (Paperback)
This is, apparently, a very well researched book that deals with a variety of historical and more recent events where conspiracy theory plays a part, even today.
This book seems to base itself on the premise that, being influential on the beliefs of modern-day citizens, conspiracy theory is misleading if not actually nonsense. The reason for publishing this title may well be because 'Officialdom' finds itself frustrated that its authorised version of a particular event is simply not believed by an increasingly cynical public. See, conspiracy theory can be applied anywhere that 'officialdom' raises its undemocratic head.
The trouble is that, 'official' versions of the same truth are often politically motivated, as too many miscarriages of British justice over the years will testify. Plus, that coincidence can often be interpreted as evidence of conspiracy.
Regardless of all that, it is certain that people DO conspire and that they DO huddle together in a common cause and that team-working is tribal, and occurs as a natural and ancient survival tactic.
That's why this book, a treatise that largely de-bunks Conspiracy Theory, has importance for gaining a 'balanced view'. But is the author of this this book politically motivated? - has he set out with the express purpose of 'rectifying' public cynicism of the official version of events - or does he present an unbiased view of the several possibilities? No - Conspiracy Theory is his intended target.
For me it is too committed to rubbishing what comes naturally to most people - cooperative activity in a common cause. Were it not for the negative connotations of the word 'conspiracy' itself, more people would be inclined to admit to their own cynicism of the official versions of, what are, unbelievable events. Iraq war anybody? Doctor Kelly?