New World Order Conspiracies II

Michael Barkun

in A Culture of Conspiracy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780520238053
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939721 | DOI:
New World Order Conspiracies II

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New World Order theory claimed to provide an overarching explanation for contemporary politics by fitting all events into a single scenario: a diabolically clever and unscrupulous secret organization was in the process of seizing control of the world. The New World Order came to include highly specific claims about both the identities of the conspirators and the means they would employ to seize power and defeat their opponents. Among the latter techniques, three allegations were particularly significant: that black helicopters are tangible evidence of the conspiracy's existence, that a network of concentration camps is being readied to incarcerate dissenters, and that a technology of mind control has been developed in order to make the rest of the population docile and malleable. New World Order beliefs had the special advantage of speaking with equal force to both the religiously and the secularly inclined.

Keywords: New World Order; black helicopters; concentration camps; mind control; conspirators

Chapter.  5615 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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