Supplement for New Internationalist Magazine

Understanding the relationship between antisemitism, conspiracism, and apocalypticism

by Chip Berlet, 2004

…to the extent that extraordinary claims require extraordinary investigations, those investigations must be true to the spirit of science. And that means highly skeptical, demanding, rigorous standards of evidence.

--Carl Sagan

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Michael Barkun

I certainly acknowledge that there have been conspiracies. They simply don't have the attributes of almost superhuman power and cunning that conspiracists attribute to them

Brenda E. Brasher

...apocalypticism leaves no room for ambiguity...[it] is not a disagreement, but a struggle with evil incarnate, so there is no structure for a peaceful reconciliation

G. William Domhoff

Conspiracism is a disaster for progressive people because it leads them into cynicism, convoluted thinking, and a tendency to feel it is hopeless even as they denounce the alleged conspirators

Mark Fenster

Don't fear populism, don't fear relatively simple ways of understanding the causes behind prevalent political issues, but don't embrace them without understanding their downside risk

Robert Alan Goldberg

In a culture of conspiracism, opponents become traitors and enemies are stripped of their humanity

Lee Quinby

Progressive thought falters under the weight of apocalyptic and conspiratorial thinking

Penny Rosenwasser

Antisemitism has been historically used to divert attention from the people who really make the decisions

Holly Sklar

When progressives grab onto conspiracy theories it undermines effective strategic analysis, planning and action

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