Michael Barkun: The “birther” issue demonstrates the degree to which conspiracy ideas have saturated the culture.

“..this is yet another demonstration of the degree to which conspiracy ideas have saturated the culture. For clearly the “birthers” think a conspiracy conceals President Obama’s “real” origins. While tales of secret plots might seem innocent enough in entertainment vehicles like The X-Files or Angels & Demons, they clearly constitute part of a world-view for increasing numbers of people.”

To see more of Professor Barkun’s editorial at the New York Times, please follow the link.  http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/04/21/barack-obama-and-the-psychology-of-the-birther-myth/conspiracy-theories-in-politics

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