New Populism, New Conspiracism, and the Old Rhetoric of Purity

Encyclopedia of New Populism and Responses in the 21St Century (2023)
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Abstract

This entry investigates the connections between neo-populism and neo-conspiracism in the USA. One central thread is the rhetoric of purity that fosters rigid dichotomies of thought about identities, contributing to both populism and conspiracism, eliciting a neologism: conspirapopulism.

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Chris A. Kramer
Santa Barbara City College

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