Pipes on Conspiracy Theorists

Well, although the Wii holds the might of my attention I’m still managing to get some reading in between bouts of killing Space Pirates and playing with Rabbids. Daniel Pipes’ ‘Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From’ (New York: Free Press, 1997) has this lovely quote which could well be about our Celtic New Zealand scholars.

Conspiracy theorists parade academic titles (“Dr.,” “Professor”), earned or not. No less than conventional historians, they steep themselves in the literature of their subject and become expert in it. The difference lies in their methods; rather than piece together the past through the accumulation of facts, they plunder legitimate historical studies to build huge edifices out of odd and unrelated elements. (Pipes 1997 p. 3)

Back to Wi… work.