By Robin Ramsay
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Eventually he went out to visit her in Kansas and was astonished to discover that in Kansas evolution is treated in the school system as of being no more intellectual value than socalled ‘creation science’. This is now creeping into British schools thanks to New Labour’s enthusiasm for ‘faith schools’. 5. htm> 6. One of the minority of books reporting unfriendly • 62 • conspiracytheories 13/12/05 8:35 am Page 63 F RO M B L U E S K I E S TO DA R K S K I E S 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Wilkins, Flying Saucers on the Attack (New York: Ace Books,1954).
Belief, in some sections of the US far right in the 1950s and 1960s, that fluoridation was a communist conspiracy to pollute America’s water. This was ridiculed in the Stanley Kubrick film Dr Strangelove in the portrait of the crazed US base commander, Jack D. Ripper (sic), played by the late, great Sterling Hayden, which probably put the anti-fluoride case back a generation in the process. Good conspiracy theories never die: this is one of their defining features. No matter how stupid they are and how frequently they are refuted, they cannot be entirely destroyed.
The major exception to this is the Australianbased magazine Nexus which carries the X-Files agenda of the paranormal and conspiracy theories plus other examples of ‘suppressed’ or alternative knowledge in the fields of science, energy and health. )7 Most of the American conspiracy theories come from white people. There are some conspiracy theories in the Afro-American community. Some of the black American religious subcultures believed that Reagan had 666, the biblical mark of the beast, tattooed on the back of his skull, under his hair.