Cryptoscatology: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form

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Examining nearly every conspiracy theory in the public’s consciousness today, this investigation seeks to link seemingly unrelated theories through a cultural studies perspective. While looking at conspiracy theories that range from the moon landing and JFK’s assassination to the Oklahoma City bombing and Freemasonry, this reconstruction reveals newly discovered connections between wide swaths of events. Linking Dracula to George W. Bush, UFOs to strawberry ice cream, and Jesus Christ to robots from outer space, ...

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Overview

Examining nearly every conspiracy theory in the public’s consciousness today, this investigation seeks to link seemingly unrelated theories through a cultural studies perspective. While looking at conspiracy theories that range from the moon landing and JFK’s assassination to the Oklahoma City bombing and Freemasonry, this reconstruction reveals newly discovered connections between wide swaths of events. Linking Dracula to George W. Bush, UFOs to strawberry ice cream, and Jesus Christ to robots from outer space, this is truly an all-original discussion of popular conspiracy theories.

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Whether you believe or disbelieve in deep and hidden conspiracies, Robert Guffey's droll yet thought-provoking book Cryptoscatology should be required reading. From the valid to the invalid, from the provable to the possible, from real life to art, Guffey shuffles the most prominent names and topics in conspiracyland. They are all laid on the vivisection table with often surprising results. Don't miss this ride." — Jim Marrs, author of The New York Times Best Sellers Crossfire, Rule by Secrecy, and The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy

"Finally, a scholarly book takes conspiracy theory seriously. . . . I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For fans of science fiction, conspiracy theory or a good spy story (a true story, at that), Cryptoscatology is required reading." —Tessa B. Dick, author, Philip K. Dick: Remembering Firebright

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936296408
  • Publisher: Trine Day
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 948,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Guffey is a professor of English at California State University–Long Beach. His short stories and interviews have appeared in numerous publications, including After Shocks, Aoife’s Kiss, Art From Art, Catastrophia, and Chimeraworld. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form 1

Part 1 Overview

1 ©onspiracy Inc: Anatomy of a Discipline 21

Part 2 Pop Culture as Mind Control, Mind Control as Pop Culture

2 Honey, Did you Leave Your Brain Back at Langley Again? 41

3 Heaven's Gate, Columbine, The Unabomber, and Other Artocities 61

4 You Name The Dwarfs: Surrealism, Advertising, and Mass Mind Control 75

5 Science Fiction as Manipulation: SF's Intersection with the Intelligence Community 85

6 Concentration Campus: Thought Control in American Education 117

Part 3 Secret Societies (Their Kith and Kin)

7 The History of Unknown Men: The Influence of Secret Societies on Exoteric Warfare 139

8 The Mystery of Albert Pike 153

9 Was Shakespeare a Freemason?: Masonic Symbolism in Macbeth 171

10 The Illusion of Control: The Priory of Sion and the Illuminati 179

11 Tracing the Hermetic Roots of Freemasonry 189

12 The Solomon Keyhole: The Mason/Mormon Connection 201

13 William S. Burroughs: 20th Century Gnostic Visionary 215

Part 4 Conspiracies and the Three Dominant Religions of the West: Christianity, Judaism and Islam

14 Programming Armageddon in the Middle East 231

15 1001 Nights with Ali (Or) My Prescription for Peace in the Middle East (A Fable) 239

Part 5 Puppets in High Places

16 Fahrenheit 24/7: The Further Adventures of Bush & Cheney (Or) War All Day Every Day (Or) "Have Fun and Have Fun Quick, Kids, 'Cause Recess is Almost Over!" 269

17 George W. Bush is Not a Christian 281

18 Jesus is a Robot from Outer Space (A Strange & Portentous Case Study in Creeping Christo-Fascism) 291

19 The Mass Psychology of Fascism in the United States: Wilhem Reich, Adolf Hitler, and the Parallels of Propaganda Between Nazi Germany and Recent U.S. History 297

20 The End of History and the Clash of Civilizations 311

Part 6 Conspiracies and the Paranormal

21 Cryptoscatology: André Breton & Fortean Phenomena 327

22 Collaborating with the Dead 335

Afterword: Stop for Tea in the Labyrinth, Please: A Word (or Two) About Archetypes, Metaphors, and Myths 347

Index 354

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