Protocols to the Left, Protocols to the Right:

Conspiracism in American Political Discourse at the Turn of the Second Millennium


Chip Berlet, Political Research Associates

Dedicated to Jeremiah Duggan

Prepared for the conference "Reconsidering The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: 100 Years after the Forgery." This conference is being held to re-examine the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion published just 100 years ago in Russia.

Please note:

This study does not claim that all people who promote conspiracy theories are antisemitic, anti-Muslim, racist, on the political right, on the political left, or secretly encouraging people to believe in the Protocols. Nor is it meant to imply these things. This slide show illustrates the underlying paradigm of conspiracism; and shows how the named scapegoats and feared outcomes can be replaced, while retaining the same basic set of frames and narratives.

This show is best viewed on a computer with high graphics resolution and a very fast Internet connection.

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