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UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238053.003.0009
UFOs and the Search for Scapegoats II

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Superconspiracies tend to be structured in the form of plots nested within plots, each layer more evil, powerful, and inclusive than those beneath. Hence the architects of conspiracy scenarios are free to place Jews at any of a number of points in the hierarchy, at the pinnacle, in a subordinate position, or as victims completely outside the domain of evil. This chapter deals with all three variants. Conspiracy theories that reject anti-Semitism and portray Jews entirely as victims are a relatively minor area. A larger and more influential body of materials claims to reject anti-Semitism while linking some Jews to the conspiracy. The most significant case of unalloyed anti-Semitism, the Phoenix publications, is also discussed. The Phoenix publications purport to print radio transmissions received from extraterrestrials. The hostility to Nazis and anti-Semitism found in some UFO literature reflects racism concerning alleged differences between different human societies.

Keywords: Phoenix publications; Conspiracy theories; anti-Semitism; Jews; Nazis

Chapter.  6853 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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