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This chapter argues that false accusations of conspiracy in pursuit of antidemocratic goals is an increasingly normalized form of politics. It examines narrative techniques for flattening out politics, focusing on those which work to promote affective recruitment and polarization rather than critical reflection. Given the prevalence of deceptions and false flag operations in a mass mediated age, the chapter calls for a reconsideration of conspiratorial thought as a necessary survival tool in contemporary life. Focusing on official US national security deceptions over the past half century, the chapter ultimately theorized the role of political demonology and deception as illiberal political tools that threaten democratic thought and collective action.

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