A month old, but Jesse Walker's April 24th piece, The Paranoid Style Is American Politics
, on Reason.com
makes the case that conspiracy theories have been around in American politics since 1776. And it has a great opener.
On Tuesday the lesbian assassin of Vince Foster won Pennsylvania's presidential primary. In the larger contest for the Democratic nomination, though, she still lags behind a jihadist sleeper agent who is simultaneously a secret Muslim, a secret Communist, and a secret Republican. Whoever wins their race will go on to face a brainwashed puppet of the Viet Cong, and whoever wins that race will then get on with the modern president's central task: serving the interests of Mexico. It must be true, I read it in my email.