UFO Conspiracy Theories, 1975–1990

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:
UFO Conspiracy Theories, 1975–1990

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The Oklahoma City bombing brought New World Order ideas to the public attention. A segment of American culture straddles the divide between mainstream and deviant and encompasses millions of people: the UFO community. Those who are interested in UFOs, believe in them, or claim to have been contacted or abducted by them form a subculture knitted together by lecture circuits, Web sites, magazines, and conventions. Attitudes about UFOs contain the seeds of conspiracist thinking, for public attitudes are clearly at variance with the official position that there is no credible evidence that UFOs exist. Receptivity to New World Order ideas in some UFO circles was facilitated by two legends peculiar to the ufology milieu: the “men in black” story and the tale of underground bases. Gradually, the New World Order had found its way into UFO literature. The advantage for New World Order ideas of being placed in a UFO context has been a reduction in stigma.

Keywords: UFO community; conspiracist thinking; New World Order; men in black; underground bases; ufology milieu

Chapter.  7971 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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