Saturday, March 07, 2015

HWX: The Paranoid Style, wih Jesse Walker

It's a Saturday morning special edition of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golfpants reconvening to discuss the vital issues of the day. Topics included:

*  Analysis of the entrance music for Republican Presidential candidates at the recent CPAC conference

*  Tryout of some sound effects to be used for future HWX shows during the election season

*  Another Earth Day tip from Mike Nelson of Rifftrax

They were also joined by guest named Jesse who’s obsessed with conspiracy theories.  And it’s NOT Jesse Ventura.  Instead it’s the great Jesse Walker, he’s the books editor at Reason magazine and author of the book, The United States of Paranoia:  A Conspiracy Theory.  We have a rollicking discussion about the undercurrent of the “paranoid style” throughout American history, the archetypes conspiracies tend to follow, and why this type of thinking is more of a feature than a bug of human psychology.

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