Eight Kinds of Conspiracy Theorist

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The Cosmic Voyager

Type: "The Cosmic Voyager is the hippy of conspiracist typology," writes Kay. "He resembles ... a 'seeker' – a spiritual omnivore perpetually spiraling out toward the margins of Western cultural and political life. ... Since his mythology is vague and labile, he acst as a sort of conspiratorial Zelig, popping up at everything from Truther conventions to quack autism sites." Many get into Eastern mysticism, and all are convinced that reality is not what it seems. Often, the Voyager is a UFO obsessive.

Example: Ken Jenkins. A flower-power type, Jenkins is a California film producer who became the 9/11 Truth Movement's "unofficial multimedia coordinator," says Kay, turning wacky theories into high-gloss video montages and Powerpoint presentations." He sees 9/11 – an "inside job" – as part of a deeper pattern in history that encompasses Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and more.


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