Barkun helps shed light on the mystery of “Q” in the WaPost
Emeritus of Political Science Michael Barkun weighs in on the mystery
of "Q" and the history of conspiracy theories in America in the Washington Post. "These ideas
never completely die,” says Barkun, who studies conspiracy theories and
political extremism. “They get recycled every generation, and in
America, some of the most powerful conspiracy ideas deal with an enemy
inside the government who is really pulling the strings but cannot be
“We all want stories that make sense of the world,” Barkun says. “When we can’t find them, we look around in strange places."
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