Ufos Meet the New World Order

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:
Ufos Meet the New World Order

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New World Order ideas about a coming global tyranny coalesced with UFO conspiracist theories in the 1990s. Their union was exemplified in the works of two conspiracists, Jim Keith and David Icke. Comparison of Keith and Icke is instructive not simply to demonstrate their similarities but also to illuminate their differences. Keith, a professional conspiracy theorist, unraveled the plots that allegedly drove history. Icke, by contrast, began his journey to conspiracism in environmental politics and the New Age. Keith drew on the entire paraphernalia of New World Order conspiracy theories and published three lists of federal emergency management agency concentration-camp locations, together with a map. Icke integrates the concept of a malevolent serpent race with the more conventional conspiracism. Keith's final speculations and Icke's recent work, however, fall clearly into the category of improvisational millennialism. Both lay out end-of-history scenarios in which good and evil must fight a final battle.

Keywords: New World Order; conspiracists; New Age; improvisational millennialism; serpent race

Chapter.  4653 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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