IN-DEPTH: Are conspiracy theories and political paranoia destroying democracy? W/Jesse Walker

It is the last episode of the year and boy is it a good one!!


Rhiannon chats to Jesse Walker, a renowned writer and the editor of Reason magazine, on conspiracy theories and political paranoia, and how they are affecting democracy worldwide. Jesse has written numerous books including his most recent book - "The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory”.


They discuss:

  • the history of conspiracy theories around the world and the united states

  • why people continue to reach for conspiracy theories

  • how political paranoia persists throughout time

  • how conspiracy theories are eroding democratic institutions and processes more broadly.


Check out Jesse's Twitter here and don't forget to look at his book "The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory” for more info on conspiracy theories!!


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