Machiavelli is one of the most famous strategists of all time. In this collection he discusses the dangers of conspiracies, and the component parts of an army, vital for gaining and holding power in his day. He also gives advice on tactics and discipline, and explains why promises made under force ought not to be kept. GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
It’s tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories, with seemingly each churn of the news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large-scale paranoia. But the sad fact is that these narratives of suspicion—and the delusional psychologies that fuel them—have been a constant presence in American life for nearly as long as there’s been an America. In this sweeping book, Thomas Milan Konda traces the country’s obsession with conspiratorial thought from the early days of the republic to our own anxious moment. Conspiracies of Conspiracies details centuries of sinister speculations—from antisemitism and anti-Catholicism to UFOs and reptilian humanoids—and their often incendiary outcomes. Rather than simply rehashing the surface eccentricities of such theories, Konda draws from his unprecedented assemblage of conspiratorial writing to crack open the mindsets that lead people toward these self-sealing worlds of denial. What is distinctively American about these theories, he argues, is not simply our country’s homegrown obsession with them but their ongoing prevalence and virulence. Konda proves that conspiracy theories are no harmless sideshow. They are instead the dark and secret heart of American political history—one that is poisoning the bloodstream of an increasingly sick body politic.
Bang up to date with fresh cover-ups relating to Barack Obama, Michael Jackson and Afghanistan The 100 military, medical, religious, alien, intelligence, banking and historical cover-ups 'they' really don't want you to know about: The Military-Industrial Complex's fomentation of war with Iraq; the construction of concentration camps in the United States by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency); the use of alien 'Foo Fighters' by the Nazis and the Japanese during the Second World War; the miracle natural drug suppressed by Big Pharma; the Israelis' responsibility for the bombing of USS Cole; the real reason why CERN broke down; the murder of Paul McCartney - and you didn't even know he was dead. Entertainingly written and closely documented, The Mammoth Book of Conspiracies uncovers the 100 most secret cover-ups in an accessible A-Z format. It covers 95 new conspiracies even more fiendish than those detailed in The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups by the same author, and provides fresh revelations regarding the five furthest-reaching conspiracies in that book, including the assassination of JFK and 9/11. The book includes a full bibliography and introduction.
Did you know that there are at least 489 new conspiracies per second starting somewhere in the world, day-in and day-out, all year long, every year? This is a conservative estimate based on known facts. The actual figure could be far higher, because conspirators don't usually like to be discovered.If anyone ever insinuates that conspiracies never happen or are too rare to be taken seriously, tell them that they're suffering from conspiracy blindness-a malady that seems to strike Americans and West Europeans with alarming regularity.This book may well be the cure for conspiracy blindness.
Contemporary Controversies and the American Racial Divide is a detailed study of some of the most racially divisive issues America has encountered in the past decade. Smith and Seltzer employ more than forty surveys to explore race-based public opinion differences on high-profile controversies including the Rodney King and O. J. Simpson cases; the arrest, trial, jailing, and subsequent reelection of Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry; the Million Man March and Louis Farrakhan; and the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy. The authors also look at race-based opinion differences on the inner-city crack cocaine epidemic and the spread of AIDS among the American populace. The divisions in opinion between blacks and whites on these controversies are explained in terms of the distinctive historical and cultural experiences of the different races and the gaps, gulfs, and chasms in their contemporary social and economic conditions. While also noting significant commonalities in opinion across the color line, the book focuses on racial differences and their sources, and in a concluding chapter advances suggestions as to how the nation might overcome its racial divisions. This innovative study is a unique, rich, contextualized, dynamic analysis of race opinion, unlike anything else in literature.
This book proposes a new representational analysis of reduplication based on making explicit precedence relations in phonological representations. The main claim is that reduplication results from loops in the precedence structure of phonological representations. Modular rule based analyses of overapplication and underapplication effects including backcopying are presented to argue against the McCarthy and Prince (1995) claim that a derivational model of reduplication is conceptually and empirically inadequate. Other sections of the book discuss the implications of explicit precedence information for the concatenation of morphemes, the analysis of infixation, and templates in reduplication. Analyses of relevant phenomena from Indonesian, Tohono Oodham, Chaha, Chumash and Nancowry among other languages are provided.
Want the real story behind history's great Conspiracies? Uncover the truth today! Get hold of more theories from this book! Now on its 3rd Edition! Have you ever wondered about popular conspiracy theories? Ever wonder if some of them are true or not? Want go deeper and find out the truth for yourself?Conspiracy Theories - The Most Famous Conspiracies Including: The New World Order, False Flags, Government Cover-ups, CIA, & FBI will give you all the juicy details on the greatest conspiracy theories from history and present day. Get ready for the real truth about: The New World Order The JFK Assassination The Moon Landing Was The Holocaust a Conspiracy? The Vatican Conspiracy And so much more! This book has 21 conspiracy theories that all get to the bottom of what really happened. Don't trust the mass media? This book is purposely written to give you an eye opening experience and compel you change your perspective regarding current explanations of popular events that made a huge impact on mankind.Each chapter talks about a specific theory; when it happened; and why it happened. It also includes a "What to believe" section that provides well thought out observations, and will help you identify loopholes in common knowledge so you can see new possibilities. Here's WHY you should read the book: Break the status quo - question your beliefs on history in a new way. Raise your critical thinking and awareness of current events. Learn what can't be found on mainstream news and TV outlets. So what are you waiting for?! Get ready for a revelation of a lifetime! This book will definitely answer any questions you have regarding some of history's most unforgettable events.Go deeper now and get your own copy TODAY! by scrolling up. Don't forget to hit the BUY button!Enjoy!
Climate Fiction and Cultural Analysis argues that the popularity of the term "climate fiction" has paradoxically exhausted the term’s descriptive power and that it has developed into a black box containing all kinds of fictions which depict climatic events and has consequently lost its true significance. Aware of the prospect of ecological collapse as well as our apparent inability to avert it, we face geophysical changes of drastic proportions that severely challenge our ability to imagine the consequences. This book argues that this crisis of imagination can be partly relieved by climate fiction, which may help us comprehend the potential impact of the crisis we are facing. Strictly assigning "climate fiction" to fictions that incorporate the climatological paradigm of anthropogenic global warming into their plots, this book sets out to salvage the term’s speculative quality. It argues that climate fiction should be regarded as no less than a vital supplement to climate science, because climate fiction makes visible and conceivable future modes of existence within worlds not only deemed likely by science, but which are scientifically anticipated. Focusing primarily on English and German language fictions, Climate Fiction and Cultural Analysis shows how Western climate fiction sketches various affective and cognitive relations to the world in its utilization of a small number of recurring imaginaries, or imagination forms. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecocriticism, the environmental humanities, and literary and culture studies more generally.
Did Neil Armstrong really set foot on the moon? Was the United States government responsible for the 11 September attacks? Should we doubt the accidental nature of Diana's death? Voodoo Histories entertainingly demolishes the absurd and sinister conspiracy theories of the last 100 years. Aaronovitch reveals not only why people are so ready to believe in these stories but also the dangers of this credulity. *Includes a new chapter investigating the conspiracy theories that question Obama's legitimacy as president *
Topics: The nature of conspiracy. Its pervasive role in life and history. Secret societies. Philosophy and fallacies of conspiratorial thinking. A science of conspirology. World conspiracies. Skull & Bones Club. 9/11 and the rise of Osama bin Laden-Al Quaeda conspiracy theory, unsupported by evidence. Countervailing theories. WTC, Pentagon. The great game. Drugs, finance, and the CIA. Oil, war and peace. Puppets of empire in the third world and fourth estate.---From verso of title page.
With an Introduction by Rev. Ian Stang of the Church of the Subgenius Compiled by Doug Moench and 39 of the world's top comic artists, this collection presents some of the world's weirdest conspiracy theories. Did the Nazi Party help form the CIA? Did aliens form the Nazi Party? Are descendants of Jesus living in France? Is Jim Morrison still alive? The answers to these questions and many more may be found inside this book - or then again not.
ABOUT THE BOOK Since the mid-twentieth century, popular media and culture has become more and more focused on vast conspiracies which surround the average person. Many of these theories revolve around the belief that strange and sometimes threatening forces are in control of events and decisions made by governments, business leaders and even entertainment figures. The term “conspiracy theory” has entered the mainstream mindset. Some use “conspiracy theory” as a derogitory label to characterize theories as absurd, while others see the label as a point of insight and wonder. In their book Conspiracies and Secret Societies, Brad and Sherry Steiger have set out to document and briefly explain the majority of these “theories” as well as cataloguing many of the reported actors alleged to be behind these activities. With over 450 entries, Conspiracies and Secret Societies claims to be the largest single volume every dedicated to subjects that by all accounts should remain secret. MEET THE AUTHOR Jason Stewart is a Northern California-based public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion. When he's not writing or reading, you can find him riding around with something radioactive in his trunk. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Masonic Freemasons: Originally a society of skilled craft workers formed in the 16th century to provide lodging and shelter for traveling workers. Reportedly was reorganized into a religious based mystery-system organization focused on achieving “enlightenment” through symbols and architecture. Members are long rumored to have a secret, perhaps sinister influence on world events and leaders. The organization is also reffered to as Masons. Members of the freemasons are present today, and proudly display their masonic allegiance. The Knights Templar: Order of Christian knights formed by the Catholic Church during the Crusades period. The order were reportedly disbanded and its members excommunicated in 1312. The order is rumored to have survived disbanding and to have melded into such organizations as the Masonic Freemasons. The group is also refferred to as Templars. The Illuminati: Group of freethinkers and agnostics formed in Bavaria in 1776. The organization was reportedly banned throughout the Austrian Empire in 1785. Rumors persist that the group still exists and is working behind the scenes to create a “New World Order.” The Illuminati are often confused with a separate secret society, Masonic Freemasonry... Buy a copy to keep reading!
The Facts. The Theories. The Evidence [Fully revised, new edition]
Author: Andy Thomas
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
Category: Social Science
At any time in our history, you will find significant and seemingly indisputable events occurring, the kind that can change the course of our lives -- the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Yet for every one of them, somebody, somewhere will loudly dispute the 'official' account, doubting that the truth has been told. In today's environment, with trust in authorities at an all-time low, conspiracy theories have found a new currency, and websites and social networking ensure they receive a wider and more rapid spread than ever before. But how do we separate truth from imagination? Was Princess Diana murdered, as many people think, despite all the official denials? Did NASA really go to the Moon, when anomalies in the photographic record suggest otherwise? Could 9/11 really have been set up by agencies within the USA itself? The author opens the conspiracy casebook by examining the mindset of those who believe in conspiracies, and considers whether the dismissive attitude towards them has been fair. Part Two looks into history to establish that conspiracies do occur, credibility should therefore be given to belief in some of the alleged plots and cover-ups of today. This leads into a well-argued examination of some of the most popular conspiracies of our times, including theories over assassinations, UFO cover-ups, and widely voiced concerns over 9/11 and the 'New World Order'. Part Three draws the conclusion that while not all conspiracy theories can be proven, they do at least draw attention to paths not to take, and can be valuable in helping to create a better world where new trust and hope can be forged. Are we living in a world of control, of oppression, of habitual deception? Is this really how things are, or simply human nature massively distorted through a dark lens? The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
How to Intelligently Counter the Ten Most Popular Arguments against the Gospel of Jesus
Author: Timothy Paul Jones
Publisher: Charisma Media
Join Jones on a faith-strengthening journey through the remnants of long-faded civilizations as he examines historical evidence of the life of Jesus. Outlining 10 major conspiracy theories about the deity of Christ, he reveals the fallacies in each and examines the various media outlets---books, movies, documentaries---where these schemes have recently surfaced. 224 pages, hardcover from Frontline.
This collection of essays sheds light on the writings of leading figures in the history of political philosophy by exploring a nexus of questions concerning mastery and slavery in the human soul. To this end, Masters and Slaves elucidates archetypal human alternatives in their import for political life: the philosopher and king; the lover of wisdom and the lover of glory; the king and the tyrant; and finally, the master and the slave. Palmer re-examines these ideas as a framework for achieving a deeper understanding of the work of famous thinkers--from the ancient to modern times--including Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau. As well, the book addresses distinctions between the 'ancients' and the 'moderns, ' and touches on the work of contemporary theorists such as Leo Strauss, George Parkin Grant, and Allan Bloom.
Repairman Jack, F. Paul Wilson's vigilante hero from the New York Times bestseller The Tomb, returns in a thriller that thrusts him back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to the mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler, Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorists. It's a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus evil incarnate. Jack finds that nobody can be trusted--and that few people are what they seem. Worse yet, Jack's been having vivid dreams that make him wonder whether he's headed for a clash with his own past--maybe The Tomb's evil rakoshi beasts aren't through with him quite yet. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Conspiracy theories are a popular topic of conversation in everyday life but are often frowned upon in academic discussions. Looking at the recent spate of philosophical interest in conspiracy theories, The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories looks at whether the assumption that belief in conspiracy theories is typically irrational is well founded