publication . Other literature type . Article . 2007

Political paranoia v. political realism: on distinguishing between bogus conspiracy theories and genuine conspiratorial politics

Jeffrey M. Bale;
  • Published: 01 Feb 2007
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
ABSTRACT Scholars and intellectuals often fail to pay sufficient attention to the historical and political importance of conspiratorial politics, that is, real-world covert and clandestine activities. This is primarily because they rarely make an effort to distinguish conceptually between such activities, which are a regular if not omnipresent feature of national and international politics, and bogus ‘conspiracy theories’, elaborate fantasies that purport to show that various sinister, powerful groups with evil intentions, operating behind the scenes, are secretly controlling the course of world events. Bale's purpose is to provide a clear analytical distinction...
free text keywords: Anthropology, International relations, Terrorism, Politics, Law, Sociology, Paranoia, medicine.symptom, medicine, Covert, Realism, Pejorative
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