Mark Fenster


On his book Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture (revised and updated edition)

Cover Interview of January 19, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The line between culture and politics is exceptionally fluid—if it exists at all.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Conspiracy theories proceed from an assumption that is undoubtedly correct, even banally so: we don’t all have equal access to power and capital.  They then seek evidence of the extent to which the system by which those assets are distributed—the state and economy—is both hidden and corrupt, and they construct elaborate stories that explain the conspiracy’s secrecy and villainy.”

On the second:

“Time and again, the state and media find that showing the factual and logical errors in conspiracy theories doesn’t make them go away.”