Naomi Wolf and “insane conspiracy theories”

“it is important for readers who may encounter Wolf’s ideas to understand the distinction between her earlier work, which rose on its merits, and her newer conspiracy theories, which are unhinged, damaging, and dangerous”

Below is a link to an article just published by Vox, written by Max Fisher. Lots to unpack here… Are “conspiracy theories” necessarily “insane”? (Note that the author writes, “I was carrying the assumption that Wolf is a respected and authoritative figure to be taken seriously”.) How does this affect the way that the author (and presumably, Vox’s readership) read Klein’s earlier work? Is the fact that Klein’s earlier work is perceived as left-wing and liberal to be taken into account? Or is it because Vox is left leaning that the “conspiracy theories” are damned so out of hand? (Recent quantitative work has shown a not-inconsiderable link between conspiracy beliefs and the political right).

The insane conspiracy theories of Naomi Wolf – Vox.

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4 thoughts on “Naomi Wolf and “insane conspiracy theories”

  1. Jim October 6, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    She is not a major, or really, a minor person on the US political stage. Why all the press about her ranting?

    • adamkadmon October 8, 2014 / 11:51 am

      She has quite a high profile in the UK, mostly because of her book No Logo, which seemed to crystalise the mid 90s critique of commercialism (see also, Radiohead). But I suspect the interest now is that she’s left-wing, so it’s “how can one of us believe such things?”

      • Will November 11, 2014 / 10:45 am

        Wrong Naomi! Naomi Klein wrote “No Logo”. Naomi Wolf’s main claim to fame is “The Beauty Myth” and a awful book about her vagina. But both have been accused of conspiracism. Klein’s book “The Shock Doctrine” was pilloried by a number of reviewers for promoting a conspiratorial approach to the success of globalisation.

        Still an interesting case of left wing conspiracism, particularly of the event false flag type.

      • adamkadmon November 11, 2014 / 12:56 pm

        Damn! Well spotted, thanks. Now, do I correct the post and look dishonest, or leave a blaring mistake…?

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