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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Jesse Walker's cheap conspiracies

If  you've been waiting for a dirt cheap copy of Jesse Walker's excellent The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory, your wait is over. It is available for $1.99 on Kindle. I've snapped up a copy. Chapter 9, "Operation Mindfuck," discusses Robert Anton Wilson, Discordianism and other topics.

As I've mentioned before, if you don't have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle app to your phone or tablet to read it.

I shop all the time for really cheap ebooks, and Jesse's book is in Amazon's monthly big ebook sale.  As far as I'm concerned, ebooks are the new paperbacks.

I interviewed Jesse when the book was first published.  It was in 2013, and it holds up well. Excerpt:

It seems to me we are living in very paranoid times, akin to what the country went through in the 1970s. Do you think the timing of your book turned out to be good, perhaps by accident?

WALKER: Many people have said this to me. But as I say in the book, "it is always a paranoid time." If this had come out last year, people would have looked around at all the election-year conspiracy chatter and told me how well-timed the book was. If it had come out the year before that, people would have pointed to the birthers or to the conspiracy theories about the death of bin Laden.

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