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Final Project

Let me start by stating that I am not necessarily a firm believer of any of them, but I am very much interested in conspiracy theories, particularly those surrounding war, and capitalism. For my final paper I’ve decided to examine such theories, focussing chiefly on the last few major wars. By now, most of us have heard the theories surrounding 911 and the war in the Middle East, through films like “The Greatest Lie Ever Told”, and more popular, Michael Moore’s “Loose Change”. While I do enjoy these, for the purpose of not drudgingly restating them, I will try to focus more on WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam war. However, for the purpose of my paper, I feel it would be foolish to neglect those theories entirely. After all, there are many sources for them. It is in fact, the theories surrounding the other wars, that I am more interested in either way; and in a way I feel that those theories (believe them or not) legitimize more so those surrounding the war in the middle east. ie. If it can happen once, it can happen again. For obvious reasons, I will keep, the paper as objective as possible, as I said before, I don’t necessarily buy in to many of these theories, as a lot of them give me a “culty” vibe, and sometimes people will just say whatever to get a rise out of people. That said, my high school roots in punk rock, simply wont allow me to fully trust my government, thus I take a strong interest in anything that says their up to no good. I am considering using Gravities Rainbow as one of my sources, as some scholars site his fictionalized take on the Pheobus Cartel as satirizing Nazi money laundering. Another piece of literature I am considering is Charles McCarry’s, “The Tears of Autumn”, which deals with Vietnam and the assassination of JFK. I love reading things like this so if anyone knows any novels that deal with conspiracy theories, I am open to any and all suggestions. I will also site Peter Josephs Documentary “Zeitgeist”.


J. Chick

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