Progressives and 9/11: A Response to Chip Berlet’s paper, “Toxic To Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating” by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
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August 4, 2010

Chip Berlet’s 57-page paper, “Toxic To Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating,” provides a useful warning to progressives that the “conspiracism” mindset can lead to demonizing as well as scapegoating groups such as Jews, and become a “tool of fear” which would easily be “used by cynical demagogic leaders to mobilize a bigoted mass base”, as he says.

But, in lumping together all those such as Prof. David Ray Griffin, many family members of 9/11 victims, many scientists, engineers, architects and firefighters, and credible progressives  who all call for a true, independent, objective, thorough investigation of the events of the 9/11/01 terrorism as “conspiracy theorists” who blame Jews and imagine fantastic scenarios on that day, he not only does a disservice to those of us who are NOT given to such ludicrous fantasies, but also neglects the most important factor in a democracy: truth based on facts.

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