Jesse Walker on "The United States of Paranoia"

A talk in Las Vegas.

"[Conspiracy theories] are not just a colorful byway, they are at [America's] core," explains Jesse Walker, Reason books editor and author of The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. Walker discussed America's long fascination with conspiracies during a presentation at this year's FreedomFest. 

Held each July in Las Vegas, FreedomFest is attended by around 2,000 limited-government enthusiasts. ReasonTV spoke with over two dozen speakers and attendees and will be releasing interviews over the coming weeks.

Approx. 20 minutes.

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  • Almanian!||

    You know who else constantly promoted a book they wrote...

  • ||

    Chocolate Nixon? Oh wait, you said *they* wrote.

  • RBS||

    Keyshwan Johnson?

  • RBS||

    Grrrr, Keyshawn.

  • Irish||

    LA Times: People who are opposed to Obamacare are like segregationists.

    No wonder these people don't want to be bought by the Kochs. Those libertarians might force them to write political propaganda.

  • RBS||

    Last month, Americans took pride in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Unfortunately, we are also revisiting a far darker episode in our history, a civil rights-era conflict that tells us much about the hurdles facing President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious piece of social legislation enacted in almost half a century.

    That's as far as I got.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Along came Chocolate Global-War Nixon to shit on MLK's dream.

  • np||

  • BigT||

    It's all Bush's fault... Oh, wait...

    Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

    The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material.

    In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

    What had not been previously acknowledged is that the court in 2008 imposed an explicit ban — at the government’s request — on those kinds of searches, that officials in 2011 got the court to lift the bar and that the search authority has been used.
  • Almanian!||

    Yeah, this has been allll over the news, covered in depth by EVERYO...

    Oh, wait....

  • Jake W||

    Because they're all on the same team. Team State.

  • Web Design Minneapolis||

    It's all Bush's fault...yes! I do think so! just wait and see!

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