Why Do So Many People Believe In Conspiracy Theories? [PODCAST]

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 1.18.28 PMThe Freedom Report podcast today asks: Why do so many Americans believe in conspiracy theories? Special guest today is author Joseph Usckinski, whose new book “American Conspiracy Theories” takes a look at the psychology of the issue, tackling questions like: Are conspiracy theorists potentially dangerous?

Some conspiracies are definitely real, such as the one to create a Declaration of Independence, or the one involving Saudis flying hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Centers. Others are definitely not, such as the JFK assassination conspiracy and the moon landing hoax. So how do we distinguish between what’s real and what’s not?

Also, are conspiracy theorists more associated with conservatives or liberals? Uscinski’s book examines how both left and right may have different conspiracy theories, but they all have about the same amount. Some even cross over across partisan bounds such as the fluoride and vaccine conspiracy theories. It’s the psychology that matters, and that’s what this book examines.

Watch the video interview or listen to the podcast, grab a copy of the book, subscribe to the Freedom Report podcast on iTunes, and leave your thoughts below.

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