Eight Kinds of Conspiracy Theorist

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The Firebrand

Type: "Conspiracists of the firebrand type are the easiest ones to spot," Kay writes, "because they are always the noisiest. For the firebrand, conspiracism supplies an ideological pretext to strike shocking, militant political postures, and thereby satisfy his hunger for public attention." Most are in their late teens or early twenties.

Example: Luke Rudkowski. The "street leader" of the Truther movement came to prominence via a viral YouTube video showing him berating noted statesman Zbigniew Brzezinski at a Council on Foreign Relations event: "You are CFR scum," he yells. "You are CFR and New World Order scum. You and David Rockefeller will never have a new world order." Under the banner of a group called We are Change, he goes around other events involving organizations, like the CFR, that conspiracists believe are bent on world domination.


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