“John Birch Blues”: The Problematization of Conspiracy Theory in the Early Cold-War Era

Katharina Thalmann

Abstract


This paper argues that the status of conspiracy theory changed from legitimate to illegitimate knowledge in the mid-20th century. By tracing the scientific, cultural, and political discourses of the early Cold-War era I show that World War II, the Red Scare of the 1950s, and the rise in political extremism in the 1960s significantly contributed to the delegitimization of conspiracy theory.

Keywords


conspiracy theory; knowledge; cold war; John Birch Society; anti-communism

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